Drugs charges in British Columbia can include anything from simple possession, possession for the purpose of trafficking, production, importing, and many more. These are typically federal offences that attract severe consequences, such as incarceration. It’s important that you have a criminal lawyer that has experience in arguing these types of cases in order to best advise and represent you.
General Drug Offences
The Canadian law has a list of charges for drugs and controlled substances:
- Simple possession: When you possess a controlled substance for personal use and do not intend to traffic it.
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking: When an individual possesses a controlled substance for the sole intent of trafficking it.
- Production: When you are involved in any part of the production of an illicit drug.
- Importation: When you import a drug from abroad. The type of drug dictates the penalty.
Sicotte and Sandhu have resolved drug cases that did not result in a criminal record. Instead, we have gained lesser repercussions for our clients, such as doing community service. You can expect our experienced lawyers to fight hard on your behalf to get the drug offences dropped.
The Cannabis Act
Marijuana was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. The Cannabis Act was established to regulate its use. The legal age for possessing or sharing up to 30 grams of cannabis varies between the provinces and territories. In British Columbia, individuals of 19 years and up are permitted to have a limit of 30 grams at any given time. Many individuals forget that there is a limit of how much marijuana you can possess, remembering only that it is now legal. It’s essential to thoroughly read the Cannabis Act to prevent oneself from being charged.
Additionally, growing marijuana has restrictions. Each individual per household is allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants from licensed seedlings. The laws are worded with precision and can be confusing, so always consult a lawyer to ensure you are within your rights.
While marijuana is legal across Canada, you will be restricted from entering the United States if you declare prior consumption of cannabis or current possession since it is not legal in that country. Declaration of consumption or possession carries a penalty of up to 14 years in jail. If you have a criminal record, you will need to request a U.S. Waiver ahead of time in order to enter the country.