Harjit Sajjan

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver South

Harjit Sajjan

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver South

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FACTS: Legalization of Cannabis

Our government’s top priority is protecting the health and safety of Canadians. That’s why we created a new legal framework to strictly regulate cannabis, with a focus on public health and safety.

Our laws will keep cannabis out of the hands of youth and profits out of the hands of organized crime. We set strict rules about who can buy, carry, and consume cannabis, and tough consequences for people convicted of breaking the law. We’re focused on protecting youth and keeping our communities safe.

Canada had one of the highest usage of Cannabis in the world among teens, we must do better. With the new Cannabis Act, we will do better.

What is illegal under the Cannabis Act?

  • Those who provide cannabis to youth or use youth to create a cannabis specific crime can face up to 14 years in jail.
  • Marketing cannabis products that target youth. The penalty is a fine of up to $5 million or 3 years in jail.
  • Drug-impaired driving. Over 13,000 police officers are trained to catch drug-impaired drivers. We have invested $81 million to support law enforcement with new training and capacity to enforce new and stronger laws. If you are caught driving impaired, you could face years
    in jail.
  • Taking cannabis across the Canadian border.

 

3 ways legalizing cannabis will better protect the health and safety of Canadians:

  • Protecting young people: Selling, giving or marketing cannabis to young people is punishable with fines or jail time.
  • Anyone convicted of illegally providing cannabis to youth can face up to 14 years in jail.
  • Cannabis must be sold in plain packaging that won’t appeal to youth, with information and health warnings.

3 ways we are keeping our communities safe:

  • Invested $274 million to support law enforcement and border efforts to detect and deter drug-impaired driving. If you are caught driving impaired, you could face years
    in jail.
  • Training Police: over 13,000 police officers trained to catch drug-impaired drivers.
  • Of the $274 million, $81 million will go to support provinces and territories to support law enforcement with new training and capacity to enforce new and stronger
    drug-impaired driving laws. If you are caught driving impaired, you could face years
    in jail.