Section 303.4 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Cultivating Commercial Quantity of Controlled Plants and is extracted below.
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303.4 Cultivating commercial quantities of controlled plants
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person cultivates a plant for a commercial purpose; and
(b) the plant is a controlled plant; and
(c) the quantity cultivated is a commercial quantity.
Penalty: Imprisonment for life or 7,500 penalty units, or both.
(2) The fault element for paragraph (1)(b) is recklessness.
(3) Absolute liability applies to paragraph (1)(c).
Note: Section 313.4 provides a partial defence in relation to the matter in paragraph (1)(c).
Relevant Definitions are as follows:
303.1 Meanings of cultivate and cultivates a plant
(1) For the purposes of this Part, cultivate includes the following:
(a) plant a seed, seedling or cutting;
(b) transplant a plant;
(c) nurture, tend or grow a plant;
(d) guard or conceal a plant (including against interference or discovery by humans or natural predators);
(e) harvest a plant, pick any part of a plant or separate any resin or other substance from a plant.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, a person cultivates a plant if the person:
(a) engages in its cultivation; or
(b) exercises control or direction over its cultivation; or
(c) provides finance for its cultivation.
303.2 Meaning of product of a plant
For the purposes of this Part, the product of a plant includes the following:
(a) a seed of the plant;
(b) a part of the plant (whether alive or dead);
(c) a substance separated from the plant.
303.3 Meaning of cultivates a plant for a commercial purpose
For the purposes of this Part, a person cultivates a plant for a commercial purpose if the person cultivates the plant:
(a) with the intention of selling any of it or its products; or
(b) believing that another person intends to sell any of it or its products
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