What Is Possession?

Under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA), the possession of illegal drugs and other controlled substances is a punishable criminal offence. Drug Possession may result in conviction, imprisonment and heavy fines.

To be in possession of a substance, one must have knowledge and control of the substance. The definitions of "knowledge" and "control" have been intricately defined and interpreted through many years of case law. Many cases have been decided on whether an Accused is in "possession" of contraband. "Possession" is a complex area of law with which Caramanna, Friedberg LLP has vast experience.


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