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Tasmanian Law: Poison Act 1971 and Misuse of Drugs Act 2001

Fundamentals and possession

The Tasmanian Poisons Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001 deal comprehensively with provisions relating to the regulation, control, and prohibition of the importation, making, refining, preparation, sale, supply, use, possession, and prescription of certain substances and plants, which for ...

Sale, Supply and Trafficking

The most serious offences in the Misuse of Drugs Act relate to manufacturing, cultivating, selling, and trafficking and supplying controlled substances, including ‘precursors’. Precursors are substances known to be used in the manufacture of illicit drugs; their possession and manufacture is itse...

Cannabis and other Drug Offences

Cannabis offences It is an offence to possess cannabis, to smoke it, to supply it to others, or to possess pipes or other items for use in connection with the preparation or smoking of cannabis, or for the supply or preparation of the drug. The Act does not have different penalties for individua...

Penalties under the Misuse of Drugs Act

The courts have wide powers to impose penalties beyond imprisonment. This includes by way of forfeiture pursuant to the Crime (Confiscation of Profits) Act 1993 (Tas). This includes anything whatsoever used in the commission of the offences and orders for payment of monies equal to the proceeds d...

Sentencing Drug Offenders

Factors which may be considered by the court when sentencing include: the nature of the drug (including type and quantity); qualities of the offender (including degree of addiction, motive, prior record of drug offences and age); the facts of the offence (including the degree, level an...

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