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Introduction of the Cannabis Act questions and answers - Canada

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https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/introduction-cannabis-act-questions-answers.html#a9

Offences and Penalties

Q31. Why is there a 30 gram limit for public possession of cannabis, and why is there seemingly no limit in a private dwelling? There is no limit for alcohol.

In accordance with advice received from the Task Force as well as experience gained from discussions with jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis, the Government of Canada has proposed that a personal possession limit of 30 grams of legal dried cannabis (or equivalent in other cannabis products) is a reasonable amount to be carried in public by an adult. This reasonable limit also allows adults to carry legal cannabis or cannabis products with them when traveling between private dwellings.

Q32. How will enforcement work?
Will police be able to show up at people's houses unannounced and without a warrant?


Law enforcement officers who suspect that an individual is engaging in illegal production and/or sale of cannabis must, under the proposed Cannabis Act, follow all normal law enforcement procedure. This includes obtaining proper judicial authority to enter an individual's private dwelling.

Q33. What happens if an adult is caught with more than 30 grams of legal cannabis in public?

Under the proposed legislation, an adult found by a law enforcement officer to be carrying more than 30 grams of dried legal cannabis or equivalent could face a range of penalties depending on the severity of the infraction.

For example, an adult carrying more than 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent, but 50 grams or less of dried cannabis or equivalent could be, at the discretion of the officer, subject to a ticket of $200. The cannabis over the limit would also be seized for destruction by the law enforcement agency.

For more serious offences, such as possessing significantly more than 30 grams, the Crown may choose to prosecute the individual summarily or on indictment.

Q34. Are these "ticketable offences" considered criminal?
Would someone who receives a ticket for cannabis possession over 30 grams of legal cannabis face the possibility of a criminal record?


An individual who receives a ticket from a law enforcement officer for public possession of between 30 grams and 50 grams of legal cannabis would not face a criminal record providing the individual pays the assessed fine within the prescribed time period. This is comparable to receiving a traffic infraction.

Q35. How does this proposed legislation "impose severe penalties" on persons who provide cannabis to youth?

The proposed Cannabis Act maintains many of the existing prohibitions under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act regarding selling, producing, importing and exporting cannabis outside the proposed established regulated system. In addition, the Cannabis Act proposes creating new cannabis-related offences targeting those persons who would distribute or sell cannabis to Canadian youth. These new proposed offences carry a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment.

In addition, the Government of Canada is proposing updated and strengthened penalties for impaired driving, including the possibility of life imprisonment for the most severe offences.

Q36. How many Canadians have been charged and convicted of simple cannabis possession?

More than half of all drug offences reported by police are for cannabis possession. In 2014, this amounted to nearly 60,000 offences reported. Of these, just over 22,000 resulted in charges.

The criminal records that result from these charges have serious, lifelong implications for the individuals involved. People with criminal records may have difficulty finding employment and housing, and may be prevented from travelling outside Canada.

Keeping Canadians, especially youth, out of the criminal justice system for simple cannabis possession is a key goal of the legalization and strict regulation of cannabis.


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