Buying weed in Brisbane is illegal. You can, however, legally access weed or medicinal cannabis if you apply through the proper channels. This legal access does not mean you’ll be allowed to walk into a cannabis store in Brisbane and buy weed. At present, there is no such thing as a legal weed shop in Brisbane CBD or your local shopping center.
Weed, also known as cannabis or marijuana, is still being researched for its potential as a medical treatment option for such things as chronic pain, mental health, or neurological conditions. There is even research on whether it can relieve cancer patients of nausea or vomiting associated with chemotherapy.
For now, medicinal cannabis is still an unapproved drug that requires approval from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) before it can be accessed. Before you are approved for access or can buy weed in Brisbane, you must be fully informed and be aware of the negative side effects cannabis may cause, which means speaking with your healthcare provider.
Queensland Cannabis Laws
According to the Queensland Drugs Misuse Act 1986, it is illegal to use, supply, produce and traffic any dangerous drug including weed. The only way to use or even buy weed legally in Australia is if you have a prescription for medical marijuana. This prescription can be written by an Authorised Prescriber or a doctor that has applied for and received approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to prescribe medicinal marijuana to a patient.
Using medical marijuana in Queensland
Even if you have a prescription, you cannot use marijuana in public. Having a prescription may save you from being charged with possession but using is a separate charge. You can only use medicinal cannabis products, that you have a prescription for and have legally accessed within your own home or private property. Public use of cannabis in Queensland may lead to fines or other more severe penalties depending on other surrounding circumstances. It is illegal to drive if you are using marijuana as a medical treatment. Driving whilst you are using a medicinal marijuana product that contains the THC cannabinoid means you put yourself and others at risk. THC can last in your system for hours and its effect may reach its peak hours after you have used the drug, depending on the administration method. THC can also be found in your saliva 12 hours after use, and 30 days in your urine if you are a heavy user.
Growing Cannabis in Queensland
Growing weed in Queensland is prohibited. There is a licensing scheme that can be applied for that can allow a person to produce cannabis for medicinal purposes, but a person or company must be able to properly secure the cannabis and meet other requirements. In all other instances, section 8 of the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 states that the production of a dangerous drug, cannabis included, is illegal. If you are found to be cultivating less than 500 grams (or 100 plants) of cannabis, you could face up to 15 years imprisonment. Any more than that and the maximum penalty increases to 20 years.
Legally Access Cannabis in Queensland
If you want to have legal access to cannabis in Queensland the only way is through the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). You would have to visit a doctor and have a discussion on whether medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment option. This consultation will include cautions such as the risks of driving whilst being treated with a THC product and the many potential negative side effects which may include:
Once you can make an informed decision on the use of medicinal cannabis as a treatment option, the doctor will begin the process of applying for the TGA’s approval. The doctor may not need to apply for approval if they have already been registered as an Authorized Prescriber.