Canada Just Passed A Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana


Canada just passed the bill to legalize recreational marijuana.  Canada will become the first G7 country (which includes the United States of America, Japan, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, France and Canada) to repeal cannabis prohibition.

 

The bill was introduced last April by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government for the sole purpose of reducing the role of criminal organizations in the marijuana market and limiting the availability of the drug to youth.

 

 

Though it has been approved by the House of Commons with 200 members of parliament voted in favor of the legislation while only 82 opposed it. The bill won’t come into law until the Senate has signed off on it and Prime Minister Trudeau's plans to get it rolling by July of next year.  

 

However, there is a downside to implementing legal Cannabis.  In an article published by VICE, they created a list of offenses that an individual can be charged for.

  • Selling to a minor (under 18) or using a minor to commit a cannabis-related offense could land you up to 14 years in jail for an indictable (more serious) offense. The minimum penalty is a $15,000 fine and/or 18 months in prison for a summary offense. By comparison, establishments who sell liquor to minors in BC are subject to $7,500-$10,000 in fines or a brief suspension.

 

  • Possession of more than 30 grams of dried flower; knowingly possessing weed that comes from outside the legal system; possessing a flowering plant into a public place is punishable by up to five years in jail for an indictable offense or a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail for a summary conviction

 

  • Possessing more than four harvesting plants could result in 14 years of jail time for a summary conviction or 5,000 and/or six months in jail for a summary conviction; possessing more than four non-flowering plants is punishable by up to five years in jail for an indictable offence or a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail for a summary conviction.

  • Selling cannabis without a license could land you up to 14 years in jail for an indictable offense or a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail for a summary conviction.

Penalties for driving violations are as follows:

  • Having between two to five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood within two hours of driving would be punishable by $1,000 fine.

 

  • Having five or more nanograms per milliliter of blood within two hours of driving could be considered a summary or indictable offense, punishable by a fine of $1,000 on the lower end to a maximum of 10 years in jail for repeat offenders.

 

  • Having booze and THC in your system would also be a hybrid offense (indictable or summary) and would again be punishable by a fine of $1,000 on the lower end to a maximum of 10 years in jail for repeat offenders.

The government expects the provinces to begin working on how to roll out legalization.

 

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30 Nov 2017


By Anne Kristina Aguila