Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 No 226

Currency

As amended to Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (No 10). Commenced 26 September 2019. Current to 8 October 2019.

Division 1: Summary offences — penalties: s 21

The penalty for an offence under Pt 2 Div 1 is a fine of 20 pu or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

SECTION DESCRIPTION PENALTY (MAX) TABLE
10(1) Possess prohibited drug — unlimited amount 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
11(1) Possess equipment for administration of prohibited drugs 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
11A(2), (3) Sale, supply, display of/in connection with shop waterpipes or ice pipes 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
11B(1) Possess a tablet press capable of using to produce prohibited drug 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
11C(1) Possess document with instructions for manufacture/production of prohibited drug 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
12(1) Self-administration of prohibited drug 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
13(1) Administration of prohibited drug to others 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
14(1) Permit another to administer prohibited drug 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
15 Forging prescriptions 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
16 Obtaining prescription by false representation 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
17 Obtaining prohibited drug by false representation 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
18(1) Obtaining prohibited drug from medical practitioners, etc 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
18A(1) Advertising/holding out premises available for administration prohibited drug 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
18B(1), (2) Manufacture, production, possession and supply of Sch 9 substances 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
18B(3) Possession of Sch 9 substances 20 pu and/or 12 mths    
19 Aid/abet commission offence under Div 1 in New South Wales 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
20 Aid/abet commission offence under Div 1 outside New South Wales 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
36X(1) Person found on, or found entering or leaving, drug premises 1st off 50 pu and/or 12 mths
Note: 2nd off — strictly indictable [500 pu and/or 5 yrs]
   
36Y(1) Owner/occupier knowingly allow premises to be used
as drug premises
1st off 50 pu and/or 12 mths
Note: 2nd off — strictly indictable [500 pu and/or 5 yrs]
   
36Y(2) Owner/occupier knowingly allow premises to be used as
drug premises and knows child has access
1st off 60 pu and/or 14 mths
Note: 2nd off — strictly indictable [600 pu and/or 6 yrs]
   
36Z(1) Organising/conducting, or assisting in organising or
conducting, any drug premises
1st off 50 pu and/or 12 mths
Note: 2nd off — strictly indictable [500 pu and/or 5 yrs]
   
36Z(2) Organising/conducting, or assisting in organising or
conducting, any drug premises and knows child has access
1st off 60 pu and/or 14 mths
Note: 2nd off — strictly indictable [600 pu and/or 6 yrs]
   
36ZF Offence of supply or manufacture psychoactive substances 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    
36ZG Offence of advertising psychoactive substances 20 pu and/or 2 yrs    

Division 2: Indictable offences

Table 1 offences — dealt with summarily

Maximum penalties for Table 1 offences dealt with summarily 100 pu or imprisonment for 2 yrs, or both: see CP Act, Sch 1, Table 1, Pt 6; Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act, ss 24A, 24B — offences referred to in s  31(1) (ss 23(1), 23A(1), 24(1), 24(1A), 25(1), 25(1A), 25(2C) or under ss 26, 27 or 28 involving offences under these provisions) where not more than the indictable quantity; and offences referred to in s 32(1)(a)–(f) (ss 23(1), 24(1), 25(1), 25(1A) or under ss 26, 27 or 28 involving offences under these provisions) where not more than commercial quantity where the offence relates to cannabis plant/cannabis leaf.

Table 2 offences — dealt with summarily

Maximum penalties for Table 2 offences dealt with summarily 50 pu or imprisonment for 2 yrs, or both: see CP Act, Sch 1, Table 2, Pt 8 — offences referred to in s 30(1) of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act (ss 23(1), 23A(1), 24(1), 24(1A), 25(1), 25(1A), 25(2C) or under ss 26, 27 or 28 involving offences under these provisions) where not more than small quantity.

Offences dealt with on indictment

For the maximum penalties for offences dealt with on indictment — see Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act, ss 32–33AD.

Penalties for offences involving supply to persons under 16 years

Section 33AA of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act increases the maximum penalty for offences involving supply to persons under 16 years under ss 25(1A), 25(2A) (as well as aid/abet commission of offences under ss 26–28):

  • in the case of a penalty for imprisonment for 2 yrs — to 2 yrs, 6 mths, and

  • in the case of the penalty for an offence under s 25(2A) — to 4200 pu or 25 yrs, or both

  • in the case of any other penalty, whether a pecuniary penalty or imprisonment by one-fifth.

Nothing in s 267 CP Act prevents the Local Court from imposing the maximum term of imprisonment that may be imposed under s 33AA(2)(a) of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act: s 267(7A) CP Act.

SECTION DESCRIPTION PENALTY (MAX) TABLE
23(1) Cultivation, supply and possession of prohibited plants:      
  • not more than small quantity

50 pu and/or 2 yrs   2
  • not more than the indictable quantity

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
  • not more than commercial quantity where the offence relates to cannabis plant/cannabis leaf

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
  • more than indictable quantity where not cannabis plant/cannabis leaf

Strictly indictable
23A(1) Cultivation of prohibited plants by enhanced indoor means and expose process to child under 16 yrs:      
  • not more than small quantity

50 pu and/or 2 yrs   2
  • not more than indictable quantity

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
  • more than indictable quantity

Strictly indictable
24(1) Manufacture and production of prohibited drug:      
  • not more than small quantity

50 pu and/or 2 yrs   2
  • not more than indictable quantity

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
  • not more than commercial quantity where the offence relates to cannabis plant/cannabis leaf

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
  • more than indictable quantity where not cannabis plant/cannabis leaf

Strictly indictable
24(1A) as for s 24 — and expose child to the process:      
  • not more than small quantity

50 pu and/or 2 yrs   2
  • not more than indictable quantity

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
  • more than indictable quantity

Strictly indictable
24A Possession of precursors for manufacture or
production of prohibited drugs
100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
24B Possession of prohibited drug precursors 100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
25(1) Supply prohibited drug:      
  • not more than small quantity

50 pu and/or 2 yrs   2
  • not more than indictable quantity

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
  • not more than commercial quantity where offence relates to cannabis plant/cannabis leaf

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
  • more than indictable quantity, but less than commercial quantity, where not cannabis plant/cannabis leaf

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
25(1A) Supply prohibited drugs/person over 18 yrs supply person under 16 yrs:      
  • not more than small quantity

50 pu and/or 2 yrs 6 mths   2
  • not more than indictable quantity

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 6 mths 1  
  • not more than commercial quantity where offence relates to cannabis plant or cannabis leaf

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 6 mths 1  
  • not more than commercial quantity where offence relates to cannabis plant or cannabis leaf

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 6 mths 1  
  • more than indictable quantity where not cannabis plant/cannabis leaf

  Strictly indictable
25(2C) Supply prohibited drugs/person over 18 yrs procure person under 16 yrs to supply etc:      
  • not more than small quantity

50 pu and/or 2 yrs   2
  • not more than indictable quantity

100 pu and/or 2 yrs 1  
  • more than indictable quantity

Strictly indictable
25(2D) Supply prohibited drugs/person over 18 yrs procure person under 16 yrs to supply etc:      
  • not less than the commercial quantity

Strictly indictable
25A Supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis Strictly indictable
26 Conspiring to commit offence under Div 2 Same penalty as for principal offence
27 Aid/abet commission offence under Div 2 Same penalty as for principal offence
28 Conspiring commit offence outside New South Wales Same penalty as for principal offence
29 Deemed supply — not less than traffickable quantity Same penalty as for principal offence

Liability of Directors

Section 43A: If a corporation commits an “executive liability offence” a director involved in the management who may influence the corporation’s conduct, who knows or ought reasonably to know of the offence and fails to take all reasonable steps to prevent or stop the commission of the executive liability offence is liable to the same penalty for the offence if committed by an individual.

Section 43B: If a corporation commits a “corporate offence” a director who aids, abets, counsels, procures, induces, conspires in the commission of the corporate offence is liable to the same penalty for the offence if committed by an individual.

The Table below contains some of the more common drugs. The complete list is to be found in Sch 1 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act.

Prohibited plant or prohibited drug Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
  Trafficable quantity Small quantity Indictable quantity Commercial quantity Large commercial quantity Discrete dosage unit (DDU)
Amphetamine 3.0 g 1.0 g 5.0 g 250.0 g 1.0 kg
Cannabis leaf 300.0 g 30.0 g 1000.0 g 25.0 kg 100.0 kg
Cannabis oil 5.0 g 2.0 g 10.0 g 500.0 g 2.0 kg
Cannabis plant 5 50 250 1000
Cannabis resin 30.0 g 5.0 g 90.0 g 2.5 kg 10.0 kg
Cocaine 3.0 g 1.0 g 5.0 g 250.0 g 1.0 kg
Heroin 3.0 g 1.0 g 5.0 g 250.0 g 1.0 kg
Lysergic acid 15 DDU or 0.003 g 4 DDU or 0.0008 g 25 DDU or 0.005 g 0.0005 kg 0.002 kg 0.0002 g
3,4– Methylenedioxyam phetamine (Ecstasy) .75 g .25 g 1.25 g .125 kg .5 kg
Methylamphetamine 3.0 g 1.0 g 5.0 g 25 kg .5 kg