What Are The Potential Penalties For Possession?

  • For a Schedule I Substance, the potential penalties are:
    • If Crown proceeds by summary conviction:
      • For a first offence: Maximum fine of $1000 and a term of imprisonment not seeking 6 months
      • For a subsequent offence: Maximum fine of $2000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year, or both.
    • If Crown proceeds by indictment: maximum punishment of 7 years imprisonment.
  • For a Schedule II Substance:
    • If Crown proceeds by summary conviction:
      • For a first offence: Maximum fine of $1000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year, or both.
      • For a subsequent offence: Maximum fine of $2000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year, or both.
    • If Crown proceeds by indictment: maximum punishment of 5 years less a day imprisonment
  • For a Schedule III Substance:
    • If Crown proceeds by summary conviction:
      • For a first offence: Maximum fine of $1000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year, or both.
      • For a subsequent offence: Maximum fine of $2000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year, or both.
    • If Crown proceeds by indictment: maximum punishment of 3 years imprisonment


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