Section 308.2 Criminal Code Act | Possessing Controlled Precursors


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Section 308.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Possessing Controlled Precursors and is extracted below.

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308.2 Possessing controlled precursors
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person possesses a substance; and
(b) the person intends to use any of the substance to manufacture a controlled drug; and
(c) the substance is a controlled precursor.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years or 400 penalty units, or both.
(2) The fault element for paragraph (1)(c) is recklessness.
(3) For the purposes of proving an offence against subsection (1), if:
(a) a person possessed a substance; and
(b) a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory required the possession to be authorised (however described); and
(c) the possession was not so authorised;
the person is taken to have possessed the substance with the intention of using some or all of the substance to manufacture a controlled drug.
(4) Subsection (3) does not apply if the person proves that he or she did not have that intention.
Note: A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4) (see section 13.4).