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WHAT IS A CANNABIS INTERVENTION REQUIREMENT (CIR)?

Under the CIR scheme, police may issue a CIR notice to eligible people found in possession or use of small amounts of cannabis, and/or possession of a smoking implement containing traces of cannabis.

However, a person found in possession of a small amount of cannabis may still be charged with the more serious offence of possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply, if police have relevant evidence.

The CIR scheme does not apply to offences involving the possession or cultivation of cannabis plants, or possession of any quantities of cannabis resin (hash), hash oil, or other cannabis derivatives. These offences will be prosecuted through the courts.

A person who has been given a CIR will be required to book and complete a Cannabis Intervention Session (CIS) within 28 days or elect to have the matter heard in court. For bookings call the Cannabis Intervention Session Booking Service on 1800 722 362, 7:00am - 7:00pm, 7 days a week

WHAT CAN I DO IF I RECEIVE A CIR?

The options are:

  • book and complete a Cannabis Intervention Session (CIS) within 28 days of receipt of the CIR. For bookings call the Cannabis Intervention Session Booking Services on 1800 722 362, 7:00am - 7:00pm, 7 days a week.
  • apply in writing to have the matter heard and determined in court.

If you are unable to complete a CIS within the 28 day period, you may apply in writing to police for an extension of time, however, these extensions are only issued in extenuating circumstances.

You must complete an Application for Extension of Time to Complete a Cannabis Intervention Session which can be downloaded from the WA Police website at www.police.wa.gov.au. To access the form, select Online Forms and click on the plus symbol (+) next to Alcohol and Drugs.

For more information contact the Drug Diversion Coordinator, WA Police on (08) 9454 1474

If you book and complete a CIS you will not be required to appear in court. No further action will be taken against you for the alleged offence and you will not receive a criminal conviction.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A CIR?

Police have the discretion whether or not to issue a CIR to an eligible person. A person is eligible for a CIR if they are aged 14 years or over, and is found using, or in possession, of not more than 10 grams of cannabis, and/or found in possession of a smoking implement containing detectable traces of cannabis.

An adult can only receive one CIR, while a young person (aged 14-17 years) can be given a CIR on two separate occasions.

An adult who previously received a CIR, and commits a second or subsequent minor cannabis related offence, will be prosecuted through the courts. A young person who commits a third or subsequent minor cannabis related offence will be dealt with via application of the Young Offender’s Act 1994.

Cannabis Intervention Requirement Adult brochure (PDF 1MB)
Cannabis Intervention Requirement Indigenous Adult brochure (PDF 5.6MB)
Cannabis Intervention Requirement Juvenile brochure (PDF 1MB)
Cannabis Intervention Requirement Indigenous Juvenile brochure (PDF 5.6MB)

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A CIR?

If a person had previously been convicted of a minor cannabis related offence and was an adult at the time of conviction, he or she would be ineligible to receive a CIR.

Previous convictions for serious drug offences and offences of a violent and/or sexual nature may also preclude a person from being given a CIR.

IGNORING A CIR

If the 28 day period has expired and you have not completed a CIS or elected to have the matter heard and determined in court, you will be prosecuted through the courts or, if you are a young person, the matter may be referred to a Juvenile Justice Team.

See where to get help for more information on support services available.

Last updated on 27 September 2013