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Possession of a prohibited drug carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment. Consequently, the offence is viewed seriously by the courts. It is a summary offence which means that it is prosecuted in the Local Court only.

Supply of prohibited drugs is one of the most serious drug related offences. It is also one of the most common and therefore carries severe penalties upon conviction.

The supply of prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis in an offence under section 25A of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985. The offence involves the supply of a prohibited drug other than cannabis for financial or material reward and must involve at least three separate occasions of supply during the period of thirty… Read more »

The offence is committed if an owner or occupier of any premises allows it to be used as a drug premises. Offences related to drug supply are regarded as serious crimes by the courts and often will result in jail sentence.

This charge is often used where a person is alleged to have grown cannabis for commercial purposes in residential premises.

The offence is committed if a person cultivates, or knowingly takes part in the cultivation of, cannabis.

The manufacture of a prohibited drug is a serious drug related offence and in most cases those found guilty of this offence can expect a conviction and the imposition of a substantial penalty.

The importation of bordered controlled drugs is a federal offence. It is an incredibly serious offence and this is reflected by the fact that the maximum penalties range up to imprisonment for life.