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Drugs and the law 

Western Australia laws, penalties and drug use 

Western Australia laws, penalties and drug use 

In Western Australia, under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981, it is illegal to use, possess, cultivate, manufacture, sell or supply an illicit drug. Penalties vary depending on the offence: 

  • Possession offences: up to $2,000 in fines and/or two years in prison. 
  • Supply offences: up to $100,000 in fines and/or 25 years in prison. 
  • Police can issue a Cannabis Intervention Requirement (CIR) or a Drug Diversion Notice when small quantities of a drug are detected. 

A person convicted of a drug offence will receive a criminal record, which can lead to difficulties in getting a job, credit or visas for overseas travel.  

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