Do Australians in different jurisdictions think that the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence?

New South Wales (30%) is the state/territory with the highest proportion of Australians who believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence. The states with the highest proportion who believe it should not be a criminal offence are the ACT and NT (63%).

30% of Australians in NSW believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 17% are unsure, and 53% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 27% of Australians in VIC believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 18% are unsure, and 55% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 27% of Australians in QLD believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 16% are unsure, and 57% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 26% of Australians in WA believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 15% are unsure, and 59% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 24% of Australians in SA believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 17% are unsure, and 59% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 27% of Australians in TAS believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 16% are unsure, and 58% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 21% of Australians in the ACT believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 16% are unsure, and 63% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 23% of Australians in the NT believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 14% are unsure, and 63% believe it should not be a criminal offence.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding. Criminal offences vary between each state and territory.