So what are the drug laws within Queensland? Read on to find out more.
Possession and Use
Within Queensland it is an offence to:
- Possess a prohibited drug
- Possess equipment for administration of prohibited drugs
- Self administer prohibited drugs
The maximum penalty applicable for possession is dependent upon the quantity of drugs involves. The table below summarises the maximum penalties for possession of cocaine, amphetamines or MDMA (Ecstasy):
|Up to 2.0 grams
||2.0 grams to 200g
||200 grams or more
|Maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and or fines
||Maximum penalty of 20 – 25 years of imprisonment dependent upon circumstances and/or fines
||Maximum penalty of 25 years of imprisonment and/or fines
The maximum amount you can be fined is dependent upon which court you are summonsed to appear in.
It is an offence to manufacture traffic or supply amphetamines, cocaine or MDMA in Queensland.
Trafficking of amphetamines, cocaine or MDMA in Queensland is defined as any amount over 2 grams.
Trafficking also means supplying drugs in circumstances of a commercial character. This usually involves larger amounts of drugs, or several acts of supply, or an organised business. The maximum penalty for trafficking in Queensland is 25 years imprisonment.
The definition of "supply" includes:
- to give, distribute, sell, administer or transport; or
- to offer to give, distribute, sell, administer, transport or supply; or
- preparing for/furthering/for the purpose of giving, distributing, selling etc.
So just giving your friend one of your pills is enough for a charge of supply. The maximum penalty for supply of cocaine, amphetamines or MDMA is 20 years imprisonment. A more substantial maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment can be applied in an instance where aggravated supply can be proven. Aggravated supply includes the supply of these drugs to minors.
*This fact sheet is for information only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.