A Complete List Of The Punishments For Smoking Marijuana Underage In Every Canadian Province - MTL Blog

A Complete List Of The Punishments For Smoking Marijuana Underage In Every Canadian Province

Some provinces are much stricter than others.

With legalization just two days away, it's time to get educated on all the penalties that are associated to drug-related offenses.

First off, let's start with a quick refresh of the federal-level laws surrounding possession and selling from the official Cannabis Act.

READ ALSO: A Complete List Of Everything You Need To Know About Marijuana Legalization Across Canada

TL;DR Across the country, giving cannabis to someone under the legal age of possession is a criminal offense. However, punishments for this violation vary greatly by province. Laws about underage possession also vary by province. Here's a rundown of laws and punishments across Canada.

According to the official legislation, the legal age to possess marijuana in Canada 18.

However, the legal age varies from province to province, and the subsequent penalties and fines for possession under the legal age will vary greatly as well.

All the provinces are very clear on what is considered illegal. However, many provinces are not clear about the fines and penalties associated with breaking cannabis laws. 

That said, I dug through all the dry legal documents and official provincial bills so you don't have to!

If you're curious for more, you have have a look at the "user-friendly" legislation surrounding cannabis for each province here.


Quebec

Legal age to possess marijuana: 18
The penalty for underage possession: Fine of $100
Penalty for selling to an underage person: Any person other than the SQDC or a producer who sells cannabis can be fined up to $50,000

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Ontario

Ontario will treat cannabis similar to the way it treats alcohol. Anyone 12-17 can be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act for possession over 5 grams and/or sharing with anyone under 18.

Legal age to possess marijuana: 19

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Alberta

Legal age to possess marijuana: 18
The penalty for underage possession: Fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment for not more than 3 months.
Penalty for selling to an underage person: Fine of not more than $50,000 or imprisonment for not more than 6 months.

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British Colombia

Legal age to possess marijuana: 19
The penalty for violating possession/selling laws: $2,000 to $100,000 fine

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Saskatchewan

Legal age to possess marijuana: 19
The penalty for underage possession: $300 fine
Penalty for selling to an underage person: $750 fine

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Manitoba

Legal age to possess marijuana: 19
The penalty for underage possession: $672 fine
Penalty for selling to an underage person: $2,542 fine

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New Brunswick

Legal age to possess marijuana: 19
The penalty for underage possession: Up to $1,100 in fines
Penalty for selling to an underage person: It is illegal for non-authorized to sell cannabis (regardless of the age of the recipient). Violators can be fined up to $10,200.

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Nova Scotia

Legal age to possess marijuana: 19
The penalty for underage possession: Up to $150. It is a criminal offense for individuals under 18 to possess more than five grams. You will be prosecuted in the same way as youth drug possession.
Penalty for selling to an underage person: If you sell or give cannabis to someone under 19 or involve them in a cannabis-related crime you may be fined up to $10,000.

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Newfoundland

Legal age to possess marijuana: 19
The penalty for underage possession: Fine of $100
Penalty for selling to an underage person: $100 fine

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Prince Edward Island

Legal age to possess marijuana: 19
The penalty for underage possession: First offense: a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $400. For any subsequent offence: a fine of not less than $400 and not more than $700.
Penalty for selling to an underage person: For a first offense: a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,250. For any subsequent offense: to a fine of not less than $1,250 and not more than $2,500.

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