This may or may not be the weed Tasmania is smoking

It’s official…Tasmanians smoke the most pot in Australia

in Tasmania

Key points

  • Reports released by ACIC shows Tasmania has highest cannabis consumption in Australia
  • Study analysed wastewater from a number of regional and capital city locations
  • Tasmanian's consume 43g - 52g per 1000 people per day

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) released a report on February 20, 2019, titled National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. And it revealed a lot.

It’s the first year in which the program, which has been run since 2017, included testing for cannabis. Others drugs include methylamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, nicotine and alcohol, MDMA, and oxycodone.

A snapshot taken from ACICs national media release
A snapshot taken from ACICs national media release

Wastewater was tested in capital cities and regional sites around the country throughout August 2018. And the results are in.

Tasmania – you are Australia’s pot nation.

Results showed that on average, it’s estimated Tasmanians consume 43g – 52g of cannabis per 1000 people per day. Around 21% higher than the next highest capital city, Darwin.

Mr Michael Phelan, the CEO of ACIC, had the following to say:

Cannabis consumption has been included for the first time, showing regional average cannabis consumption exceeded capital city average consumption in August 2018. Its inclusion in the program provides further insight into one of the largest illicit drug markets in Australia.

Regional sites across New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria, all had cannabis use at above-average levels according to the study as well.

Capital city wise, Melbourne and Sydney (surprisingly) both had the lowest amounts of cannabis in their wastewater.

You can read the report here. Additionally, there was a national statement made by ACIC which you can see here. Or, you can just take a look at the snapshot of the cannabis findings here:

Results of cannabis wastewater testing in Australia
Results of cannabis wastewater testing in Australia

Fun fact: One of the reasons other countries are unable to conduct cannabis consumption testing in a similar nature is because samples have to be preserved to avoid the degradation of active ingredient – THC-CA.

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Mike is one of the lead editors at Pondering Pot. He's an advocate for legalising cannabis in Australia, and covers much of the latest cannabis news in the country.

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