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WHAT IS A CANNABIS INTERVENTION SESSION?

A Cannabis Intervention Session (CIS) is a one-to-one therapeutic intervention with a trained alcohol and drug counsellor who provides you with an opportunity to consider your drug use in a supportive and respectful environment and to seek further help.

A Cannabis Intervention Session takes approximately one hour to complete, is available statewide and is provided by authorised professional alcohol and other drug treatment agencies. For bookings call the Cannabis Intervention Session Booking Service on 1800 722 362 7:00am - 7:00pm, 7 days a week.

Cannabis Intervention Session brochure (PDF 1MB)
Cannabis Intervention Session Indigenous brochure (PDF 6.9MB)

The purpose of the CIS is to inform you about -

  • the adverse health and social consequences of cannabis use;
  • the laws relating to the use, possession and cultivation of cannabis; and
  • effective strategies to address cannabis using behaviour.

You can also expect to:

  • improve your personal decision-making skills relating to cannabis use;
  • consider the harms associated with your cannabis use and how to minimise these;
  • consider changing your drug use and how to do this; and
  • receive information about how to access further support and assistance.

Following completion of the CIS, the counsellor will give you a Completion Certificate and send a copy to the WA Police for their records.

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COMPLETING A CANNABIS INTERVENTION SESSION

  • For bookings call the Cannabis Intervention Session Booking Service on 1800 722 362, 7:00am - 7:00pm, 7 days a week.
  • Make sure you attend the CIS within 28 days from the time your CIR is issued.
  • Bring a copy of the CIR to the CIS.
  • Mention any special requirements (e.g. interpreter services) you may have at the time of booking your CIS.
  • Actively participate in the whole session.
  • You will not be permitted to undertake the CIS if you are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • You will be required to certify that you are the person to whom the CIR was issued. Accepted forms of photo identification include:
    • a current drivers licence;
    • a current passport;
    • 18+ identification card; or
    • other approved forms of photo ID.

At the end of the CIS, the police will be notified that you have completed the session and you will be given a verification certificate.

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WILL THE POLICE BE TOLD WHAT I SAY DURING A CANNABIS INTERVENTION SESSION?

No. The person running the CIS is not employed by the police. The matters you discuss during the sessions are confidential. The police will only be advised about whether or not you completed the CIS.

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WHAT WILL NOT HAPPEN AT THE CIS?

  • You will not be drug tested or have a urine sample taken.
  • The CIS is confidential and anything discussed in the CIS will not go outside of the room.
  • The CIS is not an intelligence gathering session for the police.
  • Police will not be present at the CIS.
  • The CIS is not a lecture or preaching session.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T ATTEND A CANNABIS INTERVENTION SESSION?

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, the offence will be prosecuted through the courts.

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

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Last updated on 25 July 2013