Did you know that if a person is found to be in the possession of Cannabis, a Police Officer has the discretion to give that person a warning rather than having to charge the person and have the person attend court for a charge of ‘Possession of a Prohibited Drug’?
A police officer can give a person a Warning in circumstances where the following is met:
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>A person was found to have Possession of no more than 15g of Cannabis; AND
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>The Drug found in that person’s possession was for personal use; AND
<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]>The person has made admissions to having it in their possession; AND
<![if !supportLists]>4. <![endif]>The person has not been involved in another criminal offence at that same time; AND
<![if !supportLists]>5. <![endif]>The person has no prior criminal record for offences pertaining to Drugs, Violence, or Sexual Assault; AND
<![if !supportLists]>6. <![endif]>The person has never been Cautioned for Drug Possession on more than 2 prior occasions.
If all the above points (points 1 to 6) have been met, and an officer decides to issue a person with a warning rather than charge the person (and have the person face Court), then this is called the ‘Cannabis Cautioning Scheme’
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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 25th May 2022.
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