Article by: Solomon Israel, Leaf News
A Manitoba man who was recently sentenced to jail for illegal cannabis cultivation wants to warn the public that growing marijuana without a government licence can have serious consequences, even after legalization.
Matthew was arrested for growing cannabis in 2016, and recently began his jail sentence.
Between his arrest and his sentence, Matthew says he received a Health Canada licence to grow cannabis for his personal medical use.
Now, he’s worried other Canadians will end up in trouble after legalization for illegally growing their own cannabis.
“Because I’m growing now, legally, I end up in grow (equipment) stores,” explained Matthew, whom the Free Press is not fully identifying as a condition of being interviewed.
“I talk to people there, and ask what they’re doing. And I can tell you, there are sick people going ahead and growing without licences because of legalization. They’re going, ‘Oh it’s going to be legalized soon, no big deal. People are reasonable, no worries.’ But what they’re actually doing is going and committing crimes that are punishable by time in jail. That’s an awareness I think needs to get out there before Oct. 17.”
Under that federal law, there are three possible penalties for an adult who grows more than four cannabis plants in a residence: a $200 ticket (for five or six plants); up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $5,000; or imprisonment for up to 14 years.