Queensland is the second largest state in Australia and has the third largest population size. In other words, there is plenty of space to grow here. Even so, the laws are still behind the times in Australia, meaning it isn’t in your best interest for people to know about your grow operation (unless you have managed to become one of the lucky few with a medical marijuana growing license).
Australians love to smoke marijuana, though, and the country itself is a great place to grow it. If you are interested in growing in Australia, you should look into the laws of not only the country as a whole but also the specific state laws in Queensland. Keep reading for some more information about it.
Australian marijuana laws
In April, Australia seemed ready for legalizing recreational marijuana. It was close, and there were lots of people who were backing the proposal, which the Greens party had brought forth. Unfortunately, the government ended up opposing it, using the old-fashioned “gateway drug” idea to claim they were protecting the health of Australians.
Nonetheless, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t always get passed on the first try, even in US states where it is now legal. In other words, it could still happen one day in the near future. Clearly, people are at least talking about it.
In case you couldn’t already tell from that information, recreational marijuana (including the possession or production of it) is currently illegal in the country of Australia. They is a medical marijuana program in place, as of 2016. However, that’s not as good as it sounds when in practice the people are unable to acquire the medicine they need due to lack of or limited supply, hefty price tags, or doctors with little marijuana experience. There’s a long way to go before it can be considered an effective medical program, to say the least.
In reality, however, marijuana is very commonly used in Australia. A tenth of the population has used marijuana within the last year — and we mean recreationally. Indeed, it is by far the most widely used illicit drug on the continent. The states of Australia are rather similar to the states of the USA, especially when you consider how some states’ laws differ from federal law. For example, some have more or less decriminalized possession of smaller amounts of marijuana so that the penalty is paying a fine or seeing counseling rather than jail time.
In other states, including Queensland, the practice of the law is less strict than the actual laws themselves. If you get caught possessing a small amount of marijuana, for example, you could be recommended to an education program rather than jail time. Of course, this depends on the police officer a bit.
The state of Queensland is the second largest state in the country, although it does not have the second highest number of residents. It is located on the farthest northeast side of the giant island and has been called the Sunshine State.
Climate-wise, this means it is an excellent place for growing marijuana. Legally, of course, this does not mean that you can just grow a bunch of marijuana plants if you want to. If you’re able to keep it safe and secure, however, you can probably manage to grow as much marijuana as you want in this sunny state.
The climate of Queensland does vary, of course, since it has a vast geographical space and includes the coast as well as land further inland. In the southwestern part of Queensland, for example, it is a hot desert climate. In the northernmost tip, it is a savannah. Between the most southeastern part of the state and the coast is a climate that is hot, semi-arid. In the southeastern coast (of the state, not of the whole island of Australia), it’s a humid subtropical climate.
Because of this huge variation in climate, it is important to know exactly where you are located and what that climate is specifically like. Then, buy seeds that suit the specific climate you are in. For example, if you are living in the part of Queensland that is desert, it isn’t recommended to buy a strain that needs a sub-tropical climate (unless you’re growing indoors).
Specific growing laws
Despite how many parts of the country have less strict possession laws (in other words, they have effectively decriminalized it), it is still not legal to cultivate your own weed anywhere in the country. falls under the same category and strictness as selling or transporting marijuana, so you need to be careful if you’re planning on growing in this country.
The laws leave no gray area at all, unfortunately. If you’re growing a single weed plant in your backyard, you’re like to be hit with the same consequences as someone who was growing multiple plants in an indoor hydroponics setup. It may not seem fair, but that’s the reality — so, as a grower, you must plan accordingly.