February 22, 2020

Just like many other places around the world, Australia’s marijuana laws are currently in a state of flux. Medical marijuana has been legal (with certain limitations) since 2016, and the populous of the country wants recreational marijuana to be legalized as well. Marijuana is by far the most widely used illicit drug in the country. Since lawmakers haven’t yet taken that seriously, the country is simply waiting until the day that recreational marijuana (and growing marijuana from seeds in Australia) is legalized.

That being said, there are certain states where growing one or two plants is not going to end up with you sitting in jail for two years. Several states place an active emphasis on getting the person treatment rather than criminal charges, making it less risky to try growing it. Of course, anyone growing commercial amounts of marijuana is going to find that the penalties are far harsher than just growing one plant, so you should keep your grow operation small to ensure the lowest penalty.

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In several states, such as South Australia, the way you grow the marijuana plant(s) matters as well. For example, if you are growing “artificially” (hydroponically and indoors) then it is considered a greater offense than if you are merely growing your plants outdoors. So, to keep to the lowest possible penalty (which could end up being a fine of $100 – $300), I’d recommend growing one plant outdoors in one of the states that have effectively decriminalized this.

Despite this virtual decriminalization of possessing small amounts of marijuana in certain states, growing marijuana plants is still illegal in every Australian state. Let’s look at the exact laws for possession (which are usually the same laws as for cultivation) in each Australian state. It’s important to note that, because the laws around marijuana change so frequently, this information could soon be out of date.

Northern Territory

Marijuana possession is essentially decriminalized here. If you’re in possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana, or if you are growing two plants or less (non-hydroponically), then you will just get a $200 fine.


A diversion can be offered instead of a criminal charge. This can only happen once per person, so if you are a repeat offender, then it will not apply to you. It also will not apply to you if you are in possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana.

New South Wales

Instead of a criminal charge, you could receive just a caution, as long as you have 15 grams or less. Any person can be cautioned twice before they are no longer allowed to receive cautions.


This state is even more lenient than neighboring New South Wales, allowing people to get a caution twice as long as they are in possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana.


This island state allows for three cautions within any ten-year period. This applies only if you are in possession of 50 grams or less.

South Australia

Instead of a caution, offenders of the simple possession law could get a fine (between $50 and $150) for any amount of marijuana up to 100 grams, or any amount of hush up to 20 grams.

Western Australia

Marijuana possession is officially decriminalized here. If you are caught in possession of 10 grams or less of weed (or growing it, or in possession of used paraphernalia), then you can go to a Cannabis Intervention Session rather than getting a criminal charge.

Australian Capital

The ACT has had a civil penalty system since the year 1993, so they’re even more ahead of the game than other states. Anyone in possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana or is found growing 2 plants or less (non-hydroponically), they will get a $100 fine. This fine must be paid within two months or else they will have to attend a treatment program instead.

Buying seeds

If you have done the proper research as to where the lowest penalties are and are ready to start growing marijuana, it’s probably time to start thinking about strains and buying seeds. Because you cannot legally sell cannabis seeds in the country of Australia, your best bet is to find a company that will ship reliably and discreetly to your location. It’s rather far away from a lot of companies (especially those in Western Europe), but there are a few that reliable ship down under.

I Love Growing Marijuana

The leader in stealth shipping, I Love Growing Marijuana ships to Austrailia as well as New Zealand, Western Europe, and the United States. Plus, if you spend at least $150, shipping to Austraila and New Zealand is free. The growers at I Love Growing Marijuana select high-quality seeds and also guarantee you’ll receive your order.


The Single Seed Centre

The Single Seed Centre has the website address of worldwide-marijuana-seeds because they do just that – ship marijuana seeds worldwide, including Australia. They are one of the oldest pick-n-mix cannabis seed stores, where you can choose from hundreds of breeders and create your own custom seed assortment. Buy a single seed or a pack of ten, they guarantee shipment and accept Bitcoin.

Bonza Seeds

Bonza Seeds has been around since 2009 as a place to buy single seeds from a variety of breeders and popular seedbanks. The website doesn’t offer much outside of seeds, and you can easily search the site by breeders, seed bank or seed type to find a long list of marijuana seeds to choose from. Shipping options to Austrailia include signature required, stealth and extra stealth.

Buying Marijuana Seeds in Australia FAQ

Is recreational marijuana legal in Australia?

Although recreational use of marijuana remains illegal federally, the Australian Capital territory passed a bill to make ACT the first region in Australia to legalize marijuana for personal use as of 31 January 2020

Is medicinal marijuana legal in Australia?

Medicinal marijuana was legalized in Australia federally on 24th of February of 2016

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