CANADA: Canada’s new government has promised to legalize marijuana in 2016, but until that happens, you can still get charged for possession, growing or selling marijuana. All these activities are currently illegal and possible penalties, if you get convicted, range from a small fine to getting a criminal record. The case’s outcome depends on whether you have previous convictions, as well as on specific circumstances under which the incident happened: the amount of marijuana found in your possession, whether you were driving under the influence (DUI), and similar. Repeated offenders can be viewed in the eyes of the law as traffickers or home growers and such charges should definitely be taken seriously, as the sentences can be rigorous. Getting a good lawyer is necessary if you want to avoid life-changing consequences of the incident.
Even if cannabis gets legalized, as it is expected, some activities might still present a criminal offense. Nobody expects that smoking weed freely and anywhere will be possible. Marijuana offenses will still exist, but in a different form. Let’s see what the possible legislation changes may bring by looking at three places where this substance has been partially legalized.