Legalized Pot Could be More Repressive Rather Than Liberating

After provincial cannabis laws have been implemented weed use may be restricted.

The province of Ontario has already made it clear that public consumption will be an offense like receiving a parking ticket.

The offense will warrant a fine of up to $1,000, however, if caught more than once the fine could be as high $5,000.

Most provinces have been taking different approaches to public consumption.

The provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, and Nova Scotia will be more lenient than Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan.

Paul Lewin, a Toronto lawyer, believes that there will be quite a few tickets issued for public consumption offenses.

“I think there are going to be a fair number of tickets for public consumption.”
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Recently, fewer Canadians have been charged with marijuana possession, especially since the Federal Liberals came to power in 2015 on a program of marijuana legalization.

Lewin stated,

“In the last five years, not too many people have been charged with simple possession. Police would be “mocked a little bit by judges who would be saying, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

It is predicted that underage consumption and public consumption will be the most common tickets.

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Something to consider

A marijuana ticket from in Canada could possibly get a person banned from entering the United States.

U.S. immigration lawyers have confirmed that if U.S. border officials are aware of the ticket… The individual could receive a lifetime ban from their country.

U.S law stated that if, “an ‘alien’ is convicted of a violation of any law… of a foreign country relating to a controlled substance”, that person would be restricted from entering their country.

Marijuana is still a controlled substance in the U.S. and illegal by federal law.

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