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Lighting up could lighten wallet: Saskatchewan’s cannabis laws carry stiff fines

Lighting up could lighten wallet: Saskatchewan’s cannabis laws carry stiff fines

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REGINA — People who break Saskatchewan’s new recreational marijuana laws could face fines ranging from $200 to well over $2,000, depending on the charge.

The government says in a release that it has amended regulations to allow for the ticketing of a number offences under its Cannabis Control Act.

The smallest ticket will apply to people convicted of possessing or distributing more than 30 grams of dried marijuana in a public place, consuming it in public or in a campground when it’s prohibited.

$1,000 fine for smoking at school

From there, the punishment for various infractions gets more expensive and includes a $1,000 fine for smoking up at a school, on school grounds or at a child-care facility.

The biggest ticket — $2,250 — will be issued to a retail seller who fails to demand proof of age from a buyer or a permit holder who sells or distributes to a minor.

The province says the regulations are similar to ones covering alcohol and won’t go into effect until this fall when the act is proclaimed.

The federal government has indicated cannabis will be legal in Canada on Oct. 17.

The Saskatchewan government release said until that time, current laws and rules apply and cannabis for recreational purposes remains illegal.

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