Posted November 07, 2018 05:12:33 While the federal government’s crackdown on illicit drugs is still fresh in the headlines, the effect it is having on young people in the community is also beginning to be felt.
Key points: The Federal Government has made it harder for young people to get cannabis, and has increased the penalty for those caught With a new law in place, young people can be jailed for up to five years if caught with less than 10 grams of cannabis, the penalty is now $5,000 and the maximum penalty is life in jail, for example, a maximum sentence of life in prison for someone caught with 10 grams would be $2 million The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said there are about 15,000 people in detention in Victoria for drug offences under the new legislation and they will be arrested and charged with possessing less than three grams of marijuana, the maximum for possession of less than five grams is now 10 grams.
The new penalty will be increased from five years to 10 years and the charge will be a minimum of $5.6 million.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the increase in penalties would deter drug users from continuing to use the drug, particularly those who have been in contact with young people.
“We know that for some people the cost of this is a barrier, for others it’s a barrier that has a real impact on them,” he said.
“But the message is clear.
In Victoria, up to four years in prison has been proposed for people caught with under 10 grams, the minimum penalty for possession is now up to $2,000. “
If you are caught with a small amount of cannabis and you are not the person you say you are, you will be charged with possession of a small quantity of cannabis.”
In Victoria, up to four years in prison has been proposed for people caught with under 10 grams, the minimum penalty for possession is now up to $2,000.
Under the new law, the charge for a minor caught with more than 10 kilograms of cannabis will be $5 million.
The Federal Police have said the change to the law will help reduce the number of young people who use drugs in Victoria.
“It’s a matter for the state and territory to decide,” Assistant Commissioner Craig Kelly said.
Police say they have already arrested more than 150 people for drug possession in Victoria under the law, with about 2,500 being charged.
“Those who have used cannabis are often young people, and they can’t afford to go to the police, so they turn to the internet,” Assistant Chief Commissioner Kelly said, and the increase to the penalty will help to cut down the numbers.
Under Victoria’s new law a minor aged 16 or 17 can be charged if they are found with more, but if the minor has a previous record of cannabis possession, or a prior drug offence they will face a maximum of 10 years.
Assistant Commissioner Kelly also said the number arrested under the changes would be reduced over time.
“The police will be increasing the penalties over time to be more effective in reducing the use of cannabis in Victoria,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“Over time the penalties will be reduced, and then we’ll continue to be in a very good position in terms of the impact of the laws we have on drug use.”
Mr Scipion, the Federal Police Commissioner, said the changes to the legislation would reduce the use and consumption of drugs, but they also would help young people struggling to access drugs.
“When you talk to young people and they’re struggling to get access to these drugs, I think the message they need to get across is they’re not alone,” he explained.
“So we’re making sure that they know that this is an opportunity to change their lives, so we’re working very hard to encourage young people with access to cannabis to use it.”