What Is The Mandatory Minimum Sentence For Drug Possession In Canada?

In 2012, amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act added mandatory minimum penalties for particular drug offences in certain circumstances.

  • For Certain Schedule I Offences: the minimums range from 1-3 years, depending on whether aggravating and health and safety factors exist.
  • For Certain Schedule II Offences: the minimums range from 6 months - 3 years, depending on whether aggravating and health and safety factors exist.


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