State & Territory Drug Laws

Each state and territory has a different set of laws in regards to drugs. In this section you can access factsheets regarding each of the individual states and territories drug laws.
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ACT Drug Laws Factsheet
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So what are the drug laws in the Australian Capital Territory?  Read on to find out more.

Within the ACT it is an offence to:

  • Possess a prohibited drug
  • Administer a prohibited drug to yourself or somebody else

If found guilty of possession, you may incur a maximum penalty of a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to two years.


It is an offence to manufacture or traffic amphetamines, cocaine or MDMA in the ACT.  It is also an offence to possess, traffic or manufacture many of the precursor chemicals required in the production of these drugs.


Penalties regarding the possession, manufacture and trafficking of amphetamines, cocaine or MDMA are determined by the quantity of the drug involved. There is also an assumption under ACT law that if you are found in possession of 2 grams or more of cocaine or amphetamines or 0.25 grams of MDMA or more then you intended to supply the drug.  The table below provides a summary of the quantities and associated penalties.

Quantity Amphetamines MDMA/MDA Cocaine Maximum Penalty
Trafficable Quantity 2g 0.5g 2g Fine of up to $10,000
up to 2 years imprisonment
Commercial Quantity 1kg 0.25kg 1kg Fine of up to $250,000
up to 25 years imprisonment
2kg 0.5kg 2kg Life imprisonment

*This fact sheet is for information only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.
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