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Canberra for stoners?

By New Yeah - 20 January 2009 151

One of the unofficial and oft-quoted strengths of Canberra is that it has pot, pr0n and fireworks.  I’m not sure how long this idea has been out there (since the liberation brought about by self government, perhaps?) but it seems a bit redundant in 2009. 

The internet appears to have eroded any great advantage that Canberra once had in adult entertainment, although the Fyshwick vendors of NVE and latex are still worth a visit, if just for a laugh.  And the increasingly onerous restrictions on fireworks have blown some of the fun out of the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend.

But what about marijuana?  Does Canberra have the edge over any other part of Australia when it comes to partaking in the ‘erb?  That is, if you can be bothered dragging your inertia-bound lardy arse away from Guitarhero and DVDs of the Mighty Boosh and actually doing something.

Fortunately Canberra’s drug laws still maintain a degree of sensibility:

    AFP officers have the discretion to issue a Simple Cannabis Offence Notice for possession of up to 25gms of dried cannabis, or two cannabis plants (excluding all hydroponically or artificially cultivated cannabis plants) for personal use only

If you can find it and don’t have a Cypress Hill-esque tolerance, then that will be more than enough ganja to get nicely baked.

My list of things to do in Canberra that might be better when stoned include:

    •    Paddleboating on LBG (see the sights, get some exercise and a tan and no one can bug you),
    •    Wandering around the National Museum or National Gallery (staff won’t think too much about it if you walk around slowly staring at the interesting architecture and exhibits),
    •    Walk up to the top of Mount Ainslie, check out the view of the city and see how it resembles and Aboriginal dot painting, and then walk down again,
    •    Watch a cult movie at the Film and Sound Archive (comfy seats and cool flicks),
    •    Eat a schnitzel inside a tram at the Dickson Tradies,
    •    Roll down the green grass on the roof of Parliament House, and
    •    At the end of the day, grab a cold beer at the Phoenix.

Naturally, I don’t recommend doing anything illegal or dangerous, like operating heavy machinery, driving a car or donating blood.

What do you feel that Canberra has to offer the discerning weed smoker?  If you want to blaze up, then what could you do here that might be enhanced by some good ol’ THC?  Or does Canberra have nothing for stoners and they should all bugger off to Nimbin?

What’s Your opinion?

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151 Responses to
Canberra for stoners?
Thumper 10:19 am 20 Jan 09

I don’t mind knocking off a bottle of scotch now and then in a sitting.

Apparently that’s no good for you according to Mr Rudd.

p1 10:07 am 20 Jan 09

Frankly, I prefer a nice beer or twelve, but I have heard that is bad for you too.

Pommy bastard 10:03 am 20 Jan 09

As cannabis is implicated in psychosis and schizophrenia it may enable more young people to enjoy trips to the psychiatric wards of our hospitals.

I do hope they enjoy it.

jessieduck 10:02 am 20 Jan 09

I like smoking a joint and then going for a driving lesson on the highway. I drive at 80km a hour just to annoy control freaks.

niftydog 10:00 am 20 Jan 09

Namadgi Nat. Park is staggeringly beautiful, peaceful, spectacular, and right on the cities doorstep. For the adventurous and experienced, a gentle abseil down a sloping granite slab will get the blood pumping!

A lazy pedal around the lake to admire the scenery jogging past…

A picnic… just about anywhere… don’t forget the chocolate frogs.

justbands 9:59 am 20 Jan 09

> i didn’t think you could still roll down parliament house? thought they fenced the top and bottom to prevent terruhrists from driving on top and blowing something up..

You can’t get quite to the top anymore, but you can still get plenty high enough to roll down if that’s your want. I run up & down there regularly….that HURTS.

TheScientist 9:57 am 20 Jan 09

i didn’t think you could still roll down parliament house? thought they fenced the top and bottom to prevent terruhrists from driving on top and blowing something up..

p1 9:56 am 20 Jan 09

Most of those things are fun anyway. Although rolling down Parliament house is less fun now that there is a barrier that stops you going right from the top.

If you are like most Canberristani pot smokers though, you will let off some fireworks in the back yard, then go back inside to watch some pr0n…

justbands 9:50 am 20 Jan 09’d think you had a negative opinion on pot smokers DJ! 🙂

I don’t use the stuff anymore, it doesn’t tend to assist much with triathlon training, but I’m with Bill Hicks (I often am) on this one….

“No, I don’t do drugs anymore, either. But I’ll tell you something about drugs. I used to do drugs, but I’ll tell you something honestly about drugs, honestly, and I know it’s not a very popular idea, you don’t hear it very often anymore, but it is the truth: I had a great time doing drugs. Sorry. Never murdered anyone, never robbed anyone, never raped anyone, never beat anyone, never lost a job, a car, a house, a wife or kids, laughed my ass off, and went about my day.”

DJ 9:26 am 20 Jan 09

Or when stoned go to a GP that can do an on the spot vasectomies so you can remove yourself from the gene pool then call the MHCT and let them know you are going to be patient as soon as the paranoia starts and the fireworks start going off…

farnarkler 9:25 am 20 Jan 09

A slice of spacecake an hour before going in a balloon could be a heck of a trip.

Sallyjones 9:14 am 20 Jan 09

and then realise “why the hell not”.

Simple things are best. I want to go to zone 3/laserzone on some kind of uhh… party favour, one day.

peterh 9:12 am 20 Jan 09

Thumper said :

Stare at the National Museum and wonder why…

and then giggle.

Thumper 9:03 am 20 Jan 09

Stare at the National Museum and wonder why…

jimbocool 8:56 am 20 Jan 09

I’d stay away form the Tradies Schnitzels if I were you (and stoned) – they aint what they used to be…
Questacon would get my vote as a place to go while in an altered state – lots of fun things there.

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