Despite the legalization of marijuana, it is still considered a controlled substance. Being charged with possession of marijuana can carry severe consequences, depending on the circumstances surrounding the arrest. If you’re found with possession of marijuana over 30g, the first thing an officer will try to determine is if it’s intended for personal use or for distribution.
Seek the help of our lawyers as soon as possible if you’ve been charged with possession of marijuana. A minor offence can turn into a lengthy prison sentence if it’s connected with another criminal offence or if you’re caught with the intention to traffic. The good news is, certain defences can work in your favour. Our legal defence team can expertly navigate this area of the law and strategize to help you get the best possible outcome.
This means that cannabis has been legalized for recreational purposes in Canada by Bill C-45. Cannabis is now governed by the Cannabis Act instead of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
If you are over the age of 18, you can have up to 30 grams of cannabis with you at any time – provided that the marijuana you have with you has been purchased from a retail business approved by the AGLC. You still can’t buy any cannabis from an individual, or any place that is not approved by the AGLC.
If you are charged with carrying more than 30 grams of cannabis (s. 8 of the Cannabis Act), you should speak to a lawyer at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm immediately, as there are a broad range of defences available to you.
The potential outcomes / legal consequences for carrying more than 30g of marijuana are:
The potential outcome will also depend on your personal circumstances and the amount of cannabis you had with you. The lawyers at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm have extensive experience defending cannabis cases and we’ll do everything we can to ensure you come out of this without a criminal record. Your lawyer at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm will enter vigorous negotiations with the Crown to ensure the best outcome if you are charged.
It is crucial that you consult with a lawyer at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm before saying anything to the police. Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm will walk you through how to deal with this situation to the best of your advantage.
Your lawyer at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm will review your file and discuss defences available to you. These defences may include:
The punishment for selling weed without an AGLC license varies depending on the age of the people you sold to and where you sold it. The good news is that there is no minimum punishment for this offence – this means that a broad range of options are available to you, including:
The lawyers at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm will devote the time and resources required to your case in order to ensure the best outcome for you.
Anyone in Canada can grow up to four marijuana plants per dwelling house. A “dwelling house” includes any yard, garden, or land that is attached to a home, and any other building or substructure on the land. Although there are restrictions as to the amount of plants you have, there is no restriction as to the size of those plants.
It is important to note that the limit is four plants per dwelling house – not per individual. This means that if you are living with someone who already has four marijuana plants in the dwelling house that you are living in, you have reached the limit and cannot have additional plants for yourself.
You also cannot grow marijuana outside of your dwelling house or have more than 4 plants unless authorized by Health Canada to do so.
The lawyers at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm are available for a free 30-minute consultation should you have any additional questions about marijuana usage or the potential charges you may face.