Can You Buy Cannabis Seeds in Australia?
Long story short, if you want to buy cannabis seeds in Australia, you’ll probably have to purchase them from an online store based elsewhere in the world.
Here at Herbies Seeds, we sell seeds for multiple cannabis strains that are ideal for the Australian climate! You can place an order and have your batch of cannabis seeds shipped to Australia as easily as you order any legal goods.
Are Cannabis Seeds Legal in Australia?
In many countries, marijuana seeds are legal to buy and possess for a simple reason – they don’t contain even trace amounts of mind-altering substances. This creates a loophole for many seed shops, which advertise their cannabis seeds as souvenirs.
That’s not the case in Australia, though. Australian authorities treat cannabis seeds for what they really are — living organisms capable of producing an “illegal” and highly stigmatized plant. Because of that, buying cannabis seeds can still get you into trouble with the local law enforcement, though it is considered a low-priority offense.
Of course, thousands of Australians mail-order cannabis seeds, and they get them safely in the vast majority of cases. So, if you’re biting your nails while you wait for your order to arrive, relax! You’re a little fish in a very big pond, and there’s safety in numbers.
For added peace of mind, Herbies Seeds offers Stealth Shipping as an option. We can remove your seeds from their original packages and put them in a Ziploc bag next to a decoy item. This way, your order will be kept safe from the threat of random customs checks.
Australian Cannabis Laws
Even if you’re a seasoned lawyer, cannabis laws in Australia can be hard to untangle. Besides the federal legislations, there are local rules on cannabis that differ from state to state – some of which even contradict federal laws! One example is the 2020 decision to legalize possession of the herb in the Australian Capital Territory while the feds still forbid it.
Legislation in 2016 allowed the medical use of cannabis across the country, but the system has so many restrictions and hurdles that qualifying patients often find it easier to simply grow their own medicine. Just like importing cannabis seeds into Australia, cultivating marijuana is forbidden even for personal use – but too many patients ignore these outdated laws.
We can’t give you any legal advice. Realistically, we can only scratch the surface when it comes to cannabis law in Australia. Because of the complexity of the situation, you’ll need to check local laws and see how they apply to your personal circumstances before making any decisions.
Where to Get Cannabis Seeds in Australia
Theoretically, you could buy cannabis seeds from a legal seller in Australia – that is, a seller licensed to sell them to registered medical patients. That said, we’ve found that most Australians prefer buying marijuana seeds online.
If you’re looking for the best place to buy these seeds, Herbies Seeds is an obvious choice! We’ve already sent close to a million orders, and many of our satisfied and happy customers are from AU.
Best Cannabis Strains for Australia
Wondering which cannabis strains grow well locally? Here, we’ve listed some cannabis varieties that are popular around the world but are particularly suited to the climate Down Under. All of these strains are perfect for an indoor garden, as well.
- 22 – 25 %
- Cheers up even the dead one
- 700 g/m² indoors
2000 g/plant outdoors
This state-of-the-art 2kg-per-plant hybrid can be grown anywhere in Australia — from sun-scorched deserts to tropical regions where it’s hot and humid at the same time. This baby doesn’t mind heat and is resistant to mold and fungi. A real native of the tropics!
The same can be said of her exotic fruity flavor, marked by an aftertaste of sweet, ripe bananas. The hybrid high of Tropicanna Banana is fueled by a potency level of 25% THC, and it’s compatible with any summer activity — from beach sports to lazy drowsiness by the pool.
- 28 %
- A good balance between high and stone
- 800 g/m² indoors
1000 g/plant outdoors
Bruce Banner #3
This green monster soaks up the Australian sun like crazy, converting its energy into 1 kg of dry buds per plant. Its 28% THC will fill your body with roaring euphoria, and the flavor is as incredible as the Incredible Hulk himself. The parents of Bruce Banner #3 are the earthy Colorado Ghost OG and the sweet and stinky Strawberry Diesel.
- Euphoric effect leading to relaxation
- 27 %
- 450 – 600 g/m² indoors
50 – 250 g/plant outdoors
Strawberry Banana Auto
If you happen to live in a colder mountainous region of Australia, a fast-flowering, hardy auto may be your best bet. Why not grow yourself some Strawberry Banana Auto? Her frosty cones smell like tropical fruit and provide a long-lasting and extremely powerful effect. With 27% THC, you’ll be able to relax and unwind – or focus on any task and get things done.
- Activation of creativity
- 26 %
- 400 – 500 g/m²
Auto Orange Bud
Another autoflower option, Auto Orange Bud can be cultivated in less-than-ideal conditions. If your climate is mild, you can run a perpetual harvest and enjoy fresh orange-smelling buds year-round. Auto Orange Bud’s skunky smell is piercing and travels far and wide, and it delivers a powerful sativa kick with 26% THC worth of happiness and energy.
- 25 %
- Peaceful warrior
- 600 g/m² indoors
2000 g/plant outdoors
You’ll be delighted with this strain’s big, sugary colas, which look like cotton candy and ‘melt’ and ooze resin when you touch them. Packed with 25% THC, Sugar Candy provides a profoundly relaxing body buzz with total mental clarity. This strain’s smell and taste are so complex, you can get lost pigeonholing all its shades of sweetness: from citrus, to mango, to licorice and more.
- Legen – wait for it – dary
- 19.11 %
- 800 g/m² indoors
1500 g/plant outdoors
Super Silver Haze
Haze is one of those cultivars that you need to grow if your climate allows it, but the Cannabis Cup-winning Super Silver Haze by GHS is the absolute champion among the plethora of Hazes out there. This strain’s clear-headed, happy effect purges all worries from your soul, and your body will relax until you’re as happy as a baby. The aroma is a bit challenging to describe unless ‘Haze’ is already in your olfactory library. Let’s just say it’s like no strain you’ve ever smelled – but once you do, you won’t want to go back.
- 22 – 28 %
- 1 strain to get all 33 pleasures
- 700 g/m² indoors
2000 g/plant outdoors
Dos Si Dos 33
It’s brutal, it’s savage, it’ll melt your face, and it’ll take you for a wild ride…or turn you off like the flip of a switch, if you overdo it. After all, this strain measures in at 28% THC – what else can you expect? Treat her right, and Dos Si Dos 33 will let you harvest her super-potent buds by the pounds (up to 2000 g per plant, to be exact). Her flavor is just bold as her effect, so get ready to enjoy notes of fresh cookies, sherbet, sweet cream, and citrus.
Buying Cannabis Seeds in Australia: Never More Popular
If you’re looking for a company that’s mailing cannabis seeds to Australia, Herbies Seeds is all you need. Along with the handful of strains we’ve described above, there are thousands of high-end and cheap cannabis seeds available in our shop. Australian customers buy from us all the time!
The cannabis laws in the country may be rather restrictive, but for the most part, they aren’t enforced too harshly. If you aren’t opposed to a bit of civil disobedience, consider purchasing a few beans and growing your own perfect medicine.
Herbies Head Shop expressly refuses to support the use, production, or supply of illegal substances. For more details read our Legal Disclaimer.
Cannabis in Australia – Laws, Use, and History
It’s illegal to use, buy or sell cannabis in Australia, though the penalties for these acts differs from state to state. Medicinal cannabis is available, but can be difficult for patients to obtain, though Australia’s industrial hemp market is currently thriving. As for decriminalisation of recreational use? It may be a possibility in the future.
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Cannabis laws in Australia
Can you possess and use cannabis in Australia?
It’s illegal to use or possess cannabis in Australia. However, the laws governing cannabis use vary, depending on the state.
For example, throughout most Australian states there are ‘Cannabis Cautioning’ Programmes in place. These programmes tend to be policy-based, which means they focus on treatment and drug avoidance, rather than punishment.
In New South Wales, The Cannabis Cautioning Scheme has been in place since April, 2000, and is operated by NSW Police Force. It was developed in response to a NSW Drug Summit finding that often arresting people for minor drug offences is not always an effective response.
The scheme provides formal cautioning for adult offenders convicted for minor cannabis offences (15 grams or less), and uses police intervention to help seek treatment, and support.
The scheme does not apply to those caught supplying cannabis, and police are still able to formally charge offenders. Drug dealers continue to be arrested and prosecuted under the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985.
If caught with up to 25 grams of cannabis, the offender is fined A$100 or required to attend a Drug Diversion Programme. However, pressure is building for the laws to be changed, with prominent figures such as MP Rose Jackson calling for it to be decriminalised in the state. . It’s believed that this may inspire Australia’s other states to follow suit in the future.
Until recently in the Australian Capital Territory, the Simple Cannabis Offence Notice (SCON) made possession of up to 25 grams, or two plants punishable with a fine of A$200. On 31 January, 2020, new rules around the personal use of cannabis changed. It is now legal to possess up to 50 grams of dried cannabis, or up to 150 grams of fresh cannabis. Grow up to two cannabis plants per person, with a maximum of four plants per household and consume cannabis in your home for personal use.
Throughout Victoria, the Cannabis Cautioning Program provides a cautioning notice for minor cannabis offences, to offenders aged 17 years and over. The offender must only be in possession of a small (non-trafficable) amount of cannabis, admit to the offence and consent to being cautioned.
A person can accumulate only two cautions, and a voluntary cannabis education program is available to accompany the caution.
In Western Australia, it is illegal to possess, cultivate or supply cannabis. However, Under the Cannabis Intervention Requirement (CIR) scheme, police may issue a CIR notice to anyone aged 14 years and over, found in possession of small amounts of cannabis, and possession of smoking paraphernalia
If caught with 10 grams or less, the offender must attend a one-to-one intervention counselling session. Larger amounts could result in an A$2,000 fine, two years in prison, or both.
Across Queensland, possession of cannabis can be punished with up to 15 years in prison. However, sentences for minor amounts are rare, and if the amount is under 50 grams, the offender must be offered a drug diversion programme. The diversion includes a mandatory assessment and brief intervention program.
Although, there are no Cannabis Cautioning Programmes available in the Northern Territory, laws are quite relaxed. If caught with up to 50 grams of cannabis, one gram of cannabis oil, 10 grams of cannabis resin or cannabis seeds, the offender may be fined A$200.
In South Australia, recreational cannabis is illegal. However, there are no official charges for possessing small amounts, but usually, if caught with up to 25 grams, a fine of A$125 is given. This rises to A$300 if the quantity of cannabis is between 25 and 100 grams. Some are campaigning to raise cannabis’s status to ‘other controlled drugs’, which would increase the fine to A$2,000 or up to three years in prison.
In some cases, the police are able to use their discretion. For example, in Tasmania, the Court Mandated Drug Diversion Program (CMD), can allow up to three incidents of possession of up to 50 grams of cannabis to pass without penalty. There is however, a hierarchy of intervention, and treatment with each subsequent caution.
Can you sell cannabis in Australia?
The sale and supply of cannabis is illegal across Australia. However, as with possession and use, regulations differ, depending on the territory the offender is in.
For example, in Victoria, the penalty is dependent on how much cannabis the offender is caught with. This is defined as:
- A small quantity (up to 50 grams, regarded as being for personal use)
- A trafficable quantity (250 grams or over, or 10 plants)
- A commercial quantity (25 kilograms or over, or 100 plants)
- A large commercial quantity (250 kilograms or more, or 1,000 plants)
If the court decides that the offender intended to traffic the cannabis, the penalties are:
- 15 years in prison, a fine of up to 1,800 penalty units or both
- And for commercial quantities, 25 years in prison, a fine of up to 3,000 penalty units, or both
In cases where the individual is under 18, the sentence is limited to 20 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to 2,400 penalty units.
However, in Queensland, the law operates differently. There are two drugs classifications, ‘sch 1’ or ‘sch 2’ drugs. Cannabis is ‘sch 2’. This means that, if caught supplying cannabis to others (even a small amount), the offender can be given up to 15 years in prison. This is increased to 20 years if they gave the cannabis to a minor, or to someone who was educationally or intellectually impaired.
Trafficking is regarded as an even more serious offence, and is punishable with 20 years in prison.
To use a further example, in the Northern Territory, prison sentences are in place for those who supply cannabis. These rise to as much as 25 years imprisonment if the offender sells the drug to a minor.
Can you grow cannabis in Australia?
It’s illegal to cultivate cannabis in Australia; but as with possession and sale, the laws differ from state to state.
In New South Wales, penalties for growing cannabis are decided based on the number of plants, not their size or gender. This means that, even if the offender’s plants are only seedlings, this is regarded as the same as a full-sized plant. There are higher penalties for those who cultivate a ‘commercial quantity’ of cannabis.
Whereas in Tasmania, the law is quite different. The possession of any ‘controlled plants’ can earn the offender up to two years in prison, and if they have 20 plants or more, this is regarded as being cultivation with intent to sell. In this instance, the penalties are likely to be higher.
Is CBD legal in Australia?
Previously, CBD products were only available for medicinal purposes via prescription. According to patient reports, it could only be accessed with a government-approved licence. In order to obtain a licence, patients completed an application under the Special Access Scheme. However, there was no guarantee of approval, and the licence cost $300 a year.
In 2020, the Therapeutic Goods Association announced plans to change the Poisons Standard for cannabidiol. This would mean that medicinal cannabidiol products could be obtained over the counter at a pharmacy, rather than via prescription. Patients would only be able to access a 30-day supply, and the product would be consumed, rather than smoked.
Earlier in 2021, cannabidiol products were downgraded from Schedule 4 to Schedule 3 by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. The decision allowed TGAapproved CBD products, with up to a maximum of 150 mg per day, to be purchased by adults, over-the-counter with a prescription.
Dr . Ben Jansen, the Founder and clinical director of CDA Clinics, said to Australia’s leading news publication, (“news.com.au”), “The shift to over-the-counter is a huge stepping stone in reducing stigma and encouraging wider societal acceptance around medical cannabis”. With patient numbers rapidly increasing over the last two years, there is definitely more support for cannabis products.
Can cannabis seeds be sent to Australia?
At present, only patients with a valid prescription are able to purchase and use medicinal cannabis. All cannabis must meet the requirements of the Therapeutic Goods Act too, and can only be legally obtained by a medical practitioner. As such, mailing the seeds into the country is illegal.
Medicinal cannabis in Australia
Medicinal cannabis was made legal in 2016, under the proviso that the market would be regulated by the Federal Government Office of Drug Control. In 2017, the prescription of cannabis-based medicinal products was legalised, and a list of authorised uses for the drugs was created.
However, as always, there are also the state laws, which differ from area to area. Here’s a quick run-through:
Medicinal cannabis was legalised in Victoria in 2017, but only for children with severe epilepsy that failed to respond to other treatments.
Medicinal cannabis is available on prescription for patients with certain listed symptoms. This law was passed in 2016.
Australian Capital Territory
In 2016, ACT made it legal for medicinal cannabis to be used to treat patients with certain conditions, such as spasticity in MS, nausea and vomiting relating to cancer chemotherapy, or pain / anxiety for those with a terminal illness. Medical practitioners also have the right to apply through the health authority for an ‘Approval by Drug’, enabling them to prescribe medicinal cannabis for other patients too.
New South Wales
In 2016, the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment Regulation made medicinal cannabis legal for adults with terminal illnesses.
Queensland’s Public Health (Medical Cannabis) Act in 2016 permitted cannabis to be used by patients with a range of conditions such as epilepsy, cancer, MS and HIV/AIDS.
Access to medicinal cannabis products in the Northern Territory is restricted to patients with specific conditions such as epilepsy, MS, chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced sickness and nausea, and palliative care.
Tasmania permits patients to have unregistered access to medicinal cannabis products. However, this confusing system meant that most medical specialists have yet to apply for it, so in reality, access to the drugs is limited.
Medicinal cannabis was made legal in 2016 for specific health conditions.
The medicinal cannabis market
Australia’s government are keen to capitalise on their domestic cannabis market. In February, 2018, the export of medicinal cannabis products was legalized due to a change in regulations, under the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act.
Since mid-2020, there have been 13 Cannabis Cultivation and Production Licences issued under the scheme (37 medicinal cannabis licenses for commercial cultivation, 11 licenses for cannabis research, 36 cannabis manufacture licenses and 29 licenses for importation). In , 2021, only 4 license holders remain visible on the Australian Government Department of Health’s .
Industry figures praised the decision, overwhelmed by the rapid growth of the industry, Freshleaf’s Managing Director, Cassandra Hunt, commented on their website: “The Australian medicinal cannabis market continues its strong growth trajectory, with revenue expected to more than double in 2021 from around $100 million last year. There’s good news for patients, too, with the price of medicine continuing to fall.”
With increasing demand keeping prices low and new products are flooding the cannabis market – looking very promising for the medicinal consumer.
Industrial hemp in Australia
It’s legal to grow industrial hemp in every state of Australia. Tasmania was the first to legalise it in 1995, followed by Victoria in 1998 and Queensland in 2002. Western Australia followed suit in 2004, by introducing an Industrial Hemp Act, which enabled licensees to cultivate it on a commercial scale.
New South Wales created their Hemp Industry Act in 2008, while Southern Australia didn’t pass their Industrial Hemp Act until 2017.
In November 2017, the Food Standards Code was amended, permitting the sale of low THC hemp seed as a food product. The next year, the Western Australian Hemp Growers’ Co-Operative was established; highlighting the industry’s growth.
According to government data, this growth looks like an ongoing trend. The industry is set to be worth A$3million annually by 2023, and farmers across the country are positive about the future.
Research scientist Mark Skewes spoke to ABC News about the performance of the hemp plantations in South Australia so far, saying: “In terms of being able to grow hemp and produce good yields of quality seed, that’s all looking promising. Hemp will grow very successfully here.”
Political parties and cannabis
There’s a lot of support in Australia for decriminalising cannabis for recreational use. For example, in Australian Capital Territory, parliament are debating the issue, which was put forward by Labour backbencher Michael Pettersson.
However, the suggestion has met with opposition, with other politicians commenting on the constitutional obstacles. If passed, the state law would contradict the Commonwealth law, which raises a lot of problems.
In Queensland, politicians like Larissa Waters (a senator for the Green Party) said it was “high time” for Australia to legalise cannabis. “One in three Australians have used it, and the vast majority of Australians think it shouldn’t be a crime to do so,” she commented to news.com.au.
Good to know
If you are travelling to Australia (or currently live there), you may be interested to know the following:
- Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal substance among young people in the country, with 16% of students aged between 12 and 17 having used it.
- According to UNODC data, Australia ranks 9 th in the world in terms of number of people who use cannabis.
- Even the government’s own website acknowledges the prevalence of cannabis use in the country, stating that it is “relatively easy to obtain”.
It’s believed that hemp was first introduced to Australia at the request of Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who sailed with Captain James Cook. He’d hoped that the hemp would be cultivated commercially for the new colony situated in the country.
After this time, Australia’s early governments actively encouraged the cultivation of the plant, and cannabis was widely used across the country, both for recreational and medicinal purposes.
As with many other parts of the world, Australia started to change its attitudes to cannabis in the 1920s. They signed the 1925 Geneva Convention on Opium and Other Drugs, which restricted the use of the plant to medicinal and research purposes only. It was also placed in the same category as cocaine and heroin. Pressure from the UK encouraged Australia’s government to implement local laws to eradicate cannabis use.
In the 1930s, a ‘shock campaign’ was used to dissuade cannabis users further, with the publication Smith’s Weekly claiming that it was a “new drug that maddens victims”. This campaign also suggested that it was an “evil sex drug” and the “biggest gateway drug”.
Despite this, cannabis continued to be used, and in the 1960s, its popularity increased. ‘Hippy culture’ embraced the psychedelic effects of the plant, which led to greater eradication efforts from the government.
Are Cannabis Seeds Legal In Australia?
Find out if you can legally buy cannabis seeds to cultivate and grow marijuana within Australia! Read about Legal Buying Seeds!
Cannabis has been a subject of stigma for quite a while. Despite its widespread use and acceptance by the general people, it continues to be among the most stigmatised actions that have various legal and social effects across the globe and even in Australia.
A few changes in the law can be anticipated soon. In the meantime, some modifications are already evident in a variety of stores where one can buy high-quality marijuana seeds from Australia.
But, medical and recreational users continue to fight for the legalisation of the use, possession or cultivation of marijuana and cannabis seeds across Australia. Through the years, the stigma has attracted the media’s attention, numerous scientists and journals and conducted research and writing about the positives and negatives of cannabis.
In Australia, cannabis is legal to use for medical reasons only. As a result, it is not lawful for recreational purposes.
Depending on the state/province one finds oneself in when caught with the plant, the penalties for cultivation/possession will vary. In the main, the nation has implemented a National Drug Strategy, which encourages minimum penalties and punishments for the use of cannabis for recreational purposes and, to a lesser degree, trafficking.
The program is geared toward rehabilitation and includes a variety of treatment methods for offenders that reduce the chance of relapse.
Due to the uncertain lawful status for marijuana, buyers and sellers need to become familiar with the laws in place for cannabis in Australia and, in particular, the legal condition of seeds.
Learn more abouts growing and cannabis seeds within Australia here:
Laws For Each State Within Australia
Only those with an authorized prescription are permitted to utilize and own medical cannabis grown within the United States. In addition, cannabis needs to be authorized per the Therapeutic Goods Act by national regulators that oversee and supervise this program for medical cannabis.
Because cannabis is legal to use for medical reasons and the use of the seeds in a container is permissible subject to the condition that the seeds can only be used to grow plants for strictly medical reasons.
As previously mentioned, the use of cannabis for recreational reasons is not legal. Hence, the issue of how police officers will view the simple presence of marijuana seeds inside a single container isn’t entirely particular. If the seed is placed to signal that they’re meant to be used for recreational purposes, the seeds will be considered illegal and confiscated by law enforcement officials.
Potential Legal Offences
Although cannabis is the most popular drug in the world for general use, it remains banned in most states. However, the lawful status, possession and consumption of cannabis, and cannabis seeds, vary from state to state in Australia.
In the past two decades, it has become more commonplace the use cannabis as well as cultivate cannabis seeds. Only those with an approved prescription can consume and use medical cannabis in present Australia.
The prescription is only given to patients with grave and fatal ailments that are resistant in other ways. The prescription is individualized and requires approval from the government before the time of use. Furthermore, the prescription is around $300 per year.
Since cannabis is only legal for medical use, The cultivation and possession of seeds are permitted to be used only for medical reasons, which means that cultivating cannabis seeds without a license is not allowed.
Although it’s possible to purchase cannabis seeds, either at national dispensaries or via the internet-based seed bank, you’ll need the proper medical prescription to purchase seeds at a local dispensary.
Additionally, purchasing seeds from a different country and delivering these seeds back into Australia is illegal as only a doctor has the authority to acquire cannabis seeds or cannabis from overseas. In this regard, sending seeds to Australia is illegal; however, residents often carry it out.
Some misconceptions exist about marijuana seeds’ legality. It is possible to purchase cannabis seeds legally without prescription, as the sources by themselves don’t possess any psychoactive properties. Nevertheless, it is important to know that cannabis seeds can be utilized as souvenirs or collector’s products.
The only exception to this is in one of them, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in which the Australian capital city of Canberra is situated. In the ACT it is permissible to possess fifty grams of cannabis dried, or fresh 150g, and grow at least two plants of cannabis per individual, or four plants for a household.
It’s a thin line that separates illegal and legal in relation to marijuana seeds within Australia. Criminal charges for all cannabis-related illegal activity are usually revised and amended.
All across Australia, There are numerous ‘Cannabis Cautioning Scheme’ programs that the government established and currently operates. The principal goal for these schemes is to concentrate on treatment, discussion, and avoiding drug use instead of imposing punishment. However, penalties for illegal actions may differ in each state for serious crimes.
In most of the states and territories in Australia, the offender is punished with a fine of around $100 or the requirement to be enrolled in the Alcohol and Drug Program if found with less than 25grams cannabis. If the amount is more typically between 25 to 100g, the fine is increased to about $300. But, even if you are you are not able to obtain a medical prescription, it is possible to apply the leniency when dealing with those with serious and genuine health issues.
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