Apparently the Liberal Government believes current offenders are just getting "a slap on the wrist".
The opposition are claiming these new laws are just a tactic to make the Government look to be tough on drugs, at a time where increasing numbers of clandestine amphetamine labs are being recorded.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald:
Under the new laws, someone caught with more than 10 grams of cannabis, rather than the 30g under the previous law, will face a penalty of $2000 or two years in jail, or both.
That will also apply to people found with any cannabis plants, where previously the possession of two plants led to the issuing of an infringement notice and a $100 to $200 fine.
A person found in possession of more than 100g of cannabis would be deemed to have that quantity for supply and could face a penalty of $20,000 or two years in jail.
A person found in possession of 10g or less of cannabis will receive a Cannabis Intervention Requirement notice to attend a mandatory counselling session.
Personally, I'm not sure what to make of these new laws, as you may recall - I wrote a blog about the formerly "legal" alternative to cannabis - Which was first banned in WA, then N.S.W and now all of Australia.
In other news around 30 acres of Cannabis plants were found in Mexico recently -http://www.businessinsider.com/major-drug-busts-reveal-vast-scope-of-mexicos-cartel-networks-2011-7