Provincial Fines for Cannabis Violations Will be Expensive

Article by The Leaf News

Provincial fines for cannabis violations will be expensive People gather in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building to celebrate 4-20 earlier this year. The provincial government has released a series of regulations and fine rates that will come into effect when marijuana becomes legal next month. (Daniel Crump / Winnipeg Free Press Files)

The federal Cannabis Act sets out all sorts of new penalties for violating Canada’s non-medical weed law, ranging from fines to prison time.

But Canadians should remember that Ottawa isn’t the only government with the power to punish cannabis-related transgressions — provinces have been busy establishing their own fines on top of the federal law.

Take Manitoba’s proposed provincial cannabis penalties, reported yesterday by Steve Lambert of the Canadian Press.

Getting caught using cannabis in a public place or in a provincial park could cost Manitobans $672, according to new regulations and fine rates set out in the latest publicly available list of provincial fine categories, which is dated 2017.

Cultivating any amount of cannabis at home in Manitoba, selling cannabis without a licence, or giving cannabis to someone under the age of 19 could result in a fine of $2,542.

That $2,542 penalty could also be slapped on Manitobans who supply cannabis to an intoxicated person, or those who “give, sell or otherwise supply cannabis to a person who is not authorized to sell cannabis knowing that the person intends to sell it.”

Even crimes such as making an unauthorized purchase of cannabis or unlawful transportation of cannabis in a boat could result in a fine in Manitoba to the tune of $672 and $237, respectively.

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