17 March 2021

Four cannabis plants weighing 91 kg confiscated from Belconnen balcony

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

The Neon Demon8:57 pm 18 Mar 21

Ha ha ha ha

Capital Retro5:35 pm 17 Mar 21

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

Anoma Taylor7:22 pm 17 Mar 21

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

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

Capital Retro8:07 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.

Peter Kelley2:37 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 Goataye4:33 pm 17 Mar 21

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

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