Drug offences and charges relate to the use, possession or trafficking of drugs of dependence.
A drug of dependence includes any drug which is prohibited by a Victorian or Commonwealth Law. Such drugs include cannabis, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines. Precursor chemicals used to manufacture drugs of dependence are also included.
Trafficking commonly refers to the distribution, manufacture or sale of drugs. If you have a certain amount of a drug in your possession, you may be charged with trafficking. The trafficable quantity varies depending on the particular drug. See the chart below.
|Methyl amphetamine||3 grams|
|Cannabis||250 grams or 10 plants|
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The seriousness of the offence depends on the type and amount of the drugs and the circumstances surrounding the alleged offence. The greater the amount of drugs involved, the more serious the penalty could be. If you are found guilty of a drug offence you may be subject to a fine, community-based sanction, or possibly a term of imprisonment.
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