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 (23%) 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 state with the highest proportion who believe it should not be a criminal offence is the ACT (66%).

23% of Australians in NSW believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 17% are unsure, and 60% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 21% of Australians in VIC believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 18% are unsure, and 60% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 21% of Australians in QLD believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 17% are unsure, and 62% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 22% of Australians in WA believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 17% are unsure, and 61% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 21% of Australians in SA believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 18% are unsure, and 61% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 20% of Australians in TAS believe the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence, 16% are unsure, and 64% believe it should not be a criminal offence. 21% of Australians in the NT 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. 18% 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 66% believe it should not be a criminal offence.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2019).

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