"Those handcuffs have been released and, as such, now I can put them up in the air as an advocate and say 'hey look at all the positive things about this plant'.
"I've definitely felt an uplift, like less of a burden on my shoulders as far as [being] a criminal, because this one plant does something good for me," he said.
"It was time to take our power back and grow for ourselves and produce our own medicine at a lower cost in a healthier way," she said.
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"[Cannabis has] a calming effect for me, it also helps with trauma and me dealing with past trauma," he said.
Along with using artificial lights, selling cannabis, as well as buying and providing seeds for growing, also all remain illegal.
Mr Pettersson more recently tabled a new bill calling for the decriminalisation of small amounts of illicit drugs like ice and heroin, which a special inquiry has since recommended should be passed into ACT law.
Canberrans using cannabis to cope with trauma
"I'm just doing my thing, privately in my home, treating my medical conditions, and I'm breaking the law because of it, and it weighs really heavily on my mind."
So she opted to grow using artificial lights indoors.
On 31 January 2020, we introduced new rules around personal use of cannabis in the ACT to help people get support and stay out of our justice system. Some rules have changed, and some have stayed the same.
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No. It’s still illegal to sell cannabis in the ACT regardless of where you intend to sell it.
Where can I get health information and support?
Support services are also available if you need or want to change your cannabis use.
“The risk of schizophrenia doubles among people who use cannabis regularly, but we need to remember that those people already use so they're already at risk, they're still going to be using when it's illegal,” she said.
Dr Nicole Lee from the National Drug Research Institute supports the change and says it will be easier for drug users to seek help.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was asked about the change during his address to the National Press Club.
In September, last year the ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to pass legislation to legalise the personal use of cannabis.
Unlike other jurisdictions around the world, including Canada and parts of the United States, the sale or supply of the drug remains a criminal offence.
ACT has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalise the personal use of cannabis after the new laws came into effect on Friday.
New Zealand will hold a referendum in September on whether to legalise cannabis.
The Federal Government is opposed to the legalisation of cannabis and has previously warned ACT residents they would still be breaking Commonwealth law.
But some within the ACT Government argue the Federal Government’s warning is scaremongering as the new legislation provides residents a defence.