A Queensland government spokeswoman says the government is legal to cultivate up to 10,000 marijuana plants in a small rural community.
Key points:The Government’s policy is set to go to the electorate next month and has a “robust” legal framework, spokeswoman Lisa Brown saidMs Brown said the state’s legal marijuana market was growing and the Government wanted to protect local businesses and residents from potential competition.
She said the Government’s proposal was “robusting” and that it was a “legal market”.
“The Government has been clear that the cannabis industry is booming, with a robust legal framework and a robust system of regulations that will ensure that it continues to be viable,” Ms Brown said.
“The Queensland Government is committed to providing our communities with a secure and regulated legal market.”
Queensland has seen an explosion in the use of marijuana since it became a legal market in 2013.
The Government is currently studying its plan to regulate the legal cannabis market and is due to introduce its final policy in April.
But Ms Brown defended the Government proposal saying the Government “believes in the need to make sure the medicinal value of cannabis is not undercut by the availability of illegal drugs”.
“We will have an open-minded and objective approach to the future, as we have always been,” she said.