Western Australia grapples with teenage use
Cannabis is yet to be totally legalized in Australia. It can be used for Medical purposes but not recreational use. That’s a loss to Western Australia (WA) and a legislative situation which does not address WA’s needs.
Statistics reveal that Western Australians have the highest Cannabis usage reports in the country, according to a 2010 study. Data supplied by the national drugs and alcohol survey indicated that no less than 32% of WA teenagers (18-19) had used the substance in the 12 months prior to the test date. Given the negative effects of Cannabis consumption, especially in young people WA’s numbers represents some concern for that area. (For context, the National average level of consumption was that 25.1% of teenagers (18-19) had consumed recreational cannabis in the previous month.
Can you buy cannabis in Perth?
The answer to this question depends on what you want to use the Cannabis for. Since the drug has been legalized (for medical uses) at the National level, states like West Australia.
To obtain a prescription, the user will have to get a prescription from an authorized doctor, before they can go buy from a pharmacist.
Is Cannabis Legal in Perth?
According to the survey referenced above, 27.6% of the West Australian adult population admitted to having used the drug in the previous 12 months. All of those bought it illegally.
In addition to legalizing marijuana for Medical use, Perth also operated a decriminalization model for the drug in its region. This allowed those who were caught possessing or growing certain amounts of the drug to be let go with just a slap on the wrist – in form of a civil penalty – usually a small fine. Perth’s rules around being caught with Cannabis are far less stringent than those suffered by the inhabitants of other states, New South Wales in particular which has far stricter rules for those caught in possession.
Unfortunately for those interested in buying Cannabis in Perth, the decriminalization scheme was scrapped in 2011. Now, anyone caught with up to 10 grams of the substance (or a used smoking apparatus – known to the Police as ‘paraphernalia’ ) are now subject to a cannabis intervention. (Training and education, rather than a fine and potential jail time).
There have also been various cases of large-scale cannabis drug busts in the region for those higher up the drug chain.
How much does cannabis cost in Perth?
The price of weed in Perth differs largely based on a number of factors including quality and the quantity bought. The Price Of Weed site which tracks these things suggests that, as of the time of this writing, an ounce of the medium quality Cannabis would sell on the Black Market for about $300. High quality is around $50 more.
Buying Medical Cannabis in Perth
Following the Australian Federal Government’s legalization of Medical Cannabis and claim to aspire to being the world’s largest producer of Cannabis for this purpose, a number of Cannabis growers have started to appear in WA, looking to cash in on the opportunity.
There are now a number of companies growing Cannabis so it can be used in Medical treatments.
Generally, marijuana plants are grown in hydroponic plants and grow quickly – being provided the perfect circumstances to do so in a sealed environment, being fed the right fertilizers to contribute to a quick return for the owners. Both Indica and Sativa plants are grown. Generally there is more interest from a medical point of view in the benefits of CBD rather than THC which gives users the ‘high’ that recreational users are generally after.
The reasons you shouldn’t buy synthetic weed in Perth
Synthetic weed might generate some of the same effects as the real thing but it is far, far more dangerous than most people realize.
A 2010 report in the US associated a stunning 11,406 ER visits to the use of synthetic cannabis. Three years later, the value had doubled almost 2.5 times – with 28,500+ cases now making it to the ER (Emergency Room.) Unfortunately, there are no extensive studies into long term effects of sustained Synthetic Cannabis use yet. Individual results, from people in WA, however, demonstrate the risks.
Besides the effects on the body (uncontrolled body movements, high blood pressure, convulsions, etc.), the synthetic drug also has been shown in some situations to negatively affect people’s brain. Some users report delusions, paranoia, psychosis. Historical hospital entries show that users even face the possibility of a stroke or heart attacks. There have even been known cases of potential suicide associated with its use.