Discussion in 'Legal Issues' started by girlstarr5, Jun 13, 2006.
I was wondering if anyone could help me find ANY info on the law in Alberta, Canada regarding pot
All criminal offences in Canada are intra virres to federal jurisdiction. By this I mean that all criminal offences in Canada are the same across Canada, and include the same laws and punishments.
Marijuana posession IS a criminal offence, and penalties and enforcement are not unique to separate provinces. Therefore, you should simply be asking for information regarding Canada's laws of pot. These would fall under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and I believe it would be classified under section 1.
So do a google search regarding Sector 1 (or section 1, can't remember) of the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Subsances Act. Or something of that sort.
If I get around to it I'll look it up.
the law is the same in all of canada, yes. but the laws are enforced differently from province to province.
This is true. The laws and max/min penalites, along with the cutoff amount for them to charge you with 'trafficking' is the same across the country. However, it is up to the cops (if they decide to charge you or if they are more leniant) and more importantly, it is up to the judge to decide on a sentence if a cop charges you. Basically, the justice will determine your punishment. All drug charges are (unless they concern the government) tried in a provincial court, under federal law. So it will be up to the general standard of sentencing already precedented within Alberta. I have no clue what that standard is though, because I live in other parts of the country.
I think that Alberta, along with other Western provinces tend to be much more left-wing, socialist, etc when compared to Ontario and Quebec. I'm not too sure about the maritimes, eXploit can answer that. But it's not relevant, because you are in the west, but the best I can tell you is that the judges and cops in Alberta would be more lenient than those in Ontario. :shrug: if that helps.
For all laws regarding pot consult the controlled drugs and substances act or the Criminal Code of Canada. You should be able to find proper sections on google.
yes, it most definately is a little more relaxed in the western provinces, BC being the big example. out here on the east isn't bad at all though either.
if you're not selling bud, then you pretty much have nothing to worry about. if you're sitting in a park smokin a joint on a bench and an officer walks by, 99% of the time he'll just tell you to take it somewhere else. and 0.9% of the time they'll make you destroy your bud by mashing in to the ground. and the 0.1% would be arrested and charged for posession because you didn't mash your bud into the ground like the nice officer told you to do.
i've had the first 2 happen to me, but not the last 0.1%!
but back on the subject of alberta... i have no idea how slack the pot laws are enforced there, but i am certain it's nothing like most of the states.
i know this is old, but even when it was posted it is false. if laws are the same all across canada, then why does the drinking age vary? the fact is laws here vary by region.
Read carefully what thcfiend wrote...
i am no expert but what he was getting at is that criminal offenses are dealt with at a federal level ie that the laws laid on criminal matters span from bc to nfl..
alcohol control is not a criminal matter. in fact, for alberta, the body that is predominantly involved in this matter is called the AGLC( alberta gaming and liquor commision)
he never said that ALL laws are the same across canada
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