Cannabis and Driving in Australia: Laws and Penalties Explained

In Australia, it is illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of cannabis. Should a saliva test detect a detectable level of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, the driver is then engaging in illegal activity. The permissible level of THC in saliva is set at 2 nanograms per milliliter for most drivers. Nonetheless, there is an absolute zero-tolerance policy in place for novice drivers, those driving commercial vehicles, and operators of certain large vehicles.

Penalties for driving under the influence of cannabis in Australia can be severe. For first-time offenders, the penalty may include a fine, a period of license disqualification, and potentially even a prison sentence in some cases. Repeat offenders can face more severe penalties, including longer license disqualification periods and longer prison sentences.

In addition to criminal penalties, driving under the influence of cannabis can also have serious safety consequences. Cannabis use can impair a driver’s reaction time, coordination, and judgment, and increase the risk of accidents and fatalities on the road. As such, it’s important for all drivers to avoid using cannabis before driving and to be aware of the legal and safety risks associated with cannabis and driving.