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Penalties for Drug Offences

The Canadian government has introduced new legislation that promises to crack down on drug crimes by imposing mandatory jail sentences. The law reforms are part of the federal government's national anti-drug strategy.

“It's a very clear message: ‘You will be doing jail time.’” - Justice Minister Rob Nicholson

The federal legislation (Bill C-10) includes the following new measures:

Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Schedule II Drugs
(CANNABIS AND MARIJUANA)

• Trafficking: 1-2 YEARS minimum

• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking: 1-2 YEARS minimum

• Importing/Exporting: 1 YEAR minimum

• Possession for the Purpose of Exporting: 1 YEAR minimum

• Production of 6 - 200 plants: 6 MONTHS minimum
With Health and Safety Factors: 9 MONTHS minimum

• Production of 201 - 500 plants: 1 YEAR minimum
With Health and Safety Factors: 18 MONTHS minimum

• Production of more than 500 plants: 2 YEARS minimum
With Health and Safety Factors: 3 YEARS minimum

• Production of oil or resin: 1 YEAR minimum
With Health and Safety Factors: 18 MONTHS minimum

* Above sentences are minimums, and will be increased with aggravating factors.

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