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The Western Australian (WA) government's current cannabis laws have resulted in a 12-fold increase in the number of people attending mandatory cannabis education sessions compared to the rate of attendance under the previous legislation.
Police Minister Liza Harvey said a 12-month review of the laws showed the number and rate of individuals attending a cannabis intervention session (CIS) was about 12 times greater (63%) than the rate of attendance at cannabis education sessions (5%) under the previous scheme.
Mrs Harvey said under the laws, which came into effect on August 1 2011, people found to be in possession of 10 grams or less of cannabis, or in possession of a smoking implement containing traces of cannabis, were required to attend the sessions.
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said the review revealed 86 per cent of participants found the CIS treatment mostly or very useful.
‘The vast majority of those who attend a CIS are reporting the session helped to increase their knowledge about health, social and legal issues, and about treatment options,' Mrs Morton said.
‘Three-quarters of those surveyed said they were given referrals to other services, and just over half intended to get further treatment which is a great outcome for these people.'
Source: Government of Western Australia
Liza Mary Harvey
Minister for Police
2 Havelock Street
West Perth WA 6005
Ph: (08) 6552 5900
Fax: (08) 6552 5901