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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 766 ..


that is lawfully obtained.” Where an alleged breach involving cannabis use is raised with the SAB and it is proved, the SAB must impose a sanction as required by law. (However, cannabis use alone is likely to be regarded as a minor breach with the sanction imposed likely to be ‘no further action’ or a ‘warning’.)

In a similar way, it remains an offence to drive with detectable amounts of the key psychoactive component of cannabis (tetrahydrocannabinol – THC) in road side drug test samples.


Drug rehabilitation programs—parole conditions(Question No 88)

Mr Davis asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 12 February 2021:

(1) Does the current level of residential drug rehabilitation meet the demands of the offenders at the end of their non-parole period seeking entry into these programs.

(2) How many people in the Alexander Maconochie Centre applied to be released on parole into residential drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation, in the last 12 months.

(3) How many of those applicants referred to in part (2) were released into residential rehabilitation.

Mr Gentleman: I am advised that the answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) does not routinely collect data regarding the demand for residential drug rehabilitation services among offenders seeking entry to programs at the end of their non-parole period.

(2) ACTCS does not routinely collect this information, and a manual review of applications for parole over the last twelve months would be needed in order to respond in detail to this question. As such, it is not possible to provide this information within the requested timeframe.

Notwithstanding, the three judicial members of the Sentence Administration Board (SAB) – who collectively preside over every parole application matter before the SAB – observe that a small percentage of all parole applicants express an intention to enter a residential rehabilitation facility upon release.

(3) Please see response to question 2 above. ACTCS is not able to provide this information within the requested timeframe.


Crime—drugs(Question No 89)

Mr Davis asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 12 February 2021:

(1) How many people, in the last five years, have been charged with administering a declared substance to themselves as per section 37(2) of the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008.


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