What has changed in the year since cannabis possession was legalised in the ACT?

Passed a year ago, the ACT's laws allow possession of up to 50 grams of cannabis per person
ABC (Australia)
Sunday, January 31, 2021

Dire warnings of legal loopholes, a mental health crisis and drug driving fears accompanied the legalisation of cannabis in the ACT last year. But one year on, cannabis users and stakeholders alike say that, while overall the impacts have been subtle, the change has been for the better. "Overall, we found cannabis use hasn't changed and, in some ways, that's the big story, because there were really dire predictions at the outset," Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT chief executive Devin Bowles said. Cannabis offences have dropped by 90 per cent in the last 12 months. ACT Health data shows there has been no increase in hospital presentations since the laws passed