How are drug crimes and drug possession handled in Canada?
Have you been charged with possession of drugs in Canada?
Drug Crimes are governed by a separate statute, apart from the Criminal Code of Canada. These crimes are governed by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). Drug crimes also fall into either the Summary Conviction offences or the Indictable offences categories, depending on what the accused is charged with and in the Crown Prosecutor’s discretion.
The maximum punishment for a drug crime largely depends on the charge.
The more typical drug crimes are:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance (a.k.a. Simple Possession)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance of the Purpose of Trafficking (a.k.a. P for P)
- Importing/Exporting a Controlled Substance
- Producing a Controlled Substance