Four cannabis plants weighing 91 kg confiscated from Belconnen balcony

Dominic Giannini 17 March 2021 8

Four cannabis plants have been confiscated from a Belconnen residence. Photo: Supplied.

More than 90 kg of cannabis plants have been seized and destroyed by ACT Policing after a Belconnen man was found to have exceeded the personal limit of two plants.

The 42-year old was issued a formal caution on Monday (15 March) and the four plants, which were kept on his balcony, were confiscated.

Four cannabis plants have been confiscated from a Belconnen residence. Photo: Supplied.

Under ACT law, one person cannot be responsible for cultivating more than two plants, regardless of how many people live at the address.

While the man lived with a housemate, he was the only resident cultivating the plants. This is considered a breach of Section 618(2)(a) of the Criminal Code 2002 (ACT) which states that it is an offence if a person cultivates three or more cannabis plants.

Four cannabis plants have been confiscated from a Belconnen residence. Photo: Supplied.

ACT Policing noted that if there are three or four plants in a residence, they must be cultivated by at least two residents.

Following the incident, police have encouraged the Canberra public to familiarise themselves with the relevant laws.


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8 Responses to Four cannabis plants weighing 91 kg confiscated from Belconnen balcony
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keek keek 9:08 am 18 Mar 21

Maybe the police advising the public not to be dope smoking burnouts would be a better message?

Capital Retro Capital Retro 5:35 pm 17 Mar 21

That’s a heavy crop – the grower would need several lifetimes to consume that personally.

    Anoma Taylor Anoma Taylor 7:22 pm 17 Mar 21

    What if I told you that the weight of the smokable parts of the plant were grossly overestimated?

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:07 am 18 Mar 21

    I would concede that you know a lot more about cannabis sativa than I do. I don’t even smoke tobacco cigarettes.

    MissGwen MissGwen 9:35 pm 17 Mar 21

    Looks like they used the old trick of including the weight of the soil in the 90kg. Used to mean a bigger change/penalty.

    Peter Kelley Peter Kelley 2:37 pm 19 Mar 21

    Posts on Reddit in r/canberra would suggest that the weight of the soil was definitiely included in the 92kg.

Billy Goataye Billy Goataye 4:33 pm 17 Mar 21

Surely the police could have left two behind then, why confiscate all 4?

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