On October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada under the Cannabis Act. There are now strict rules in place to govern the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis. If you are not familiar with these new rules, you may find yourself being charged with a drug offence. So, here are some things that are still illegal though cannabis has been legalized:
Possession of an excessive amount of marijuana
While you can possess marijuana for recreational use, you are not allowed to have an unlimited amount. Each person is only allowed to have 30 grams of dried cannabis in his or her possession at any given time. For fresh cannabis, you can legally possess up to 150 grams. If you have cannabis seeds you are allowed to have 30 seeds as each seed is considered as an ounce.
Having more than four cannabis plants
You are now allowed to have a few home-grown cannabis plants for personal use unless you are living in Quebec or Manitoba. In Quebec and Manitoba, it is still illegal to grow any cannabis at home. In the rest of Canada, you are allowed to grow up to 4 cannabis plants. If you live with someone else, note that the law allows for 4 plants per household, not 4 plants per person.
Possession of a budding or flowering cannabis plant in public
Yes, the law allows you to have a few cannabis plants, but you may find yourself in legal trouble if you are found in possession of a flowering or budding plant in public. You can still move your plants from one location to another; as long as you ensure they do not have any buds or flowers. A budding or flowering plant in public could land you in prison for up to 5 years.
Selling marijuana without a without a licence
If you want to sell marijuana, you will need to have a licence to do so. You may, however, give marijuana away for free. This marijuana must be dried and be 30 grams or less.
Distributing marijuana to a minor
If you decide to share your cannabis with someone who is a minor, it is a crime. Committing such an offence could mean spending up to 14 years in prison.
Possessing illicit cannabis
Cannabis, even in legal amounts, is illicit if it is produced, sold or distributed by someone without the legal authorization to do so. Therefore, if you bought marijuana from an unlicensed distributor or if you got it from a minor or someone with more than the allowed number of plants, you are committing a crime.
Importing or exporting cannabis without authorization
If you are planning to take a trip outside of Canada, do not pack your cannabis. It is still illegal to travel internationally with or to ship cannabis unless you have a licence to import or export the product.
Do you need a drug charges lawyer in Toronto for any drug-related offence?
These are just some of the grey areas that have been created since the legalization of cannabis. If you found yourself in legal trouble for a drug offence, our drug charges lawyer, Sam Goldstein, can help. If you already have a drug conviction, Sam Goldstein will fight to have that conviction overturned through appeal. So, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of Toronto’s most experienced drug charges lawyer. Let him help you avoid having a drug conviction on your record.
If you have been accused of a crime or you are already facing criminal charges, you should never hesitate to hire a criminal lawyer. Here’s why:
Criminal lawyers know what they are doing
No matter how intelligent you are, you will not have the knowledge and skill required to defend yourself in a criminal case before the courts; unless you have studied and practised law. Even then, representing yourself in a criminal case would not be a good idea. Criminal lawyers, prosecutors, police and judges all hire an attorney when they charged with criminal offences. So, why wouldn’t you? With years of training and legal practice, a criminal lawyer will have the ability to form sound legal arguments and tackle the complicated matters that may arise from your case.
A criminal lawyer is your advocate
In the justice system, your criminal lawyer is the only one who will fight for you. When you go to court, the prosecutor will present a well-planned case in an effort to prove that you are guilty of the crime you’ve been accused of. Your lawyer then has the job of refuting the prosecution’s claim to convince the judge or jury that you are innocent. To do this your lawyer will use his or her knowledge of the law and draw from experience to find loopholes in the prosecution’s case. Your lawyer will also find witnesses and experts to speak on your behalf.
Criminal lawyers are excellent negotiators
Plea bargaining is an important part of most criminal cases, even though all negotiations do not end with a plea deal. Plea bargaining is the process whereby the prosecution and a defendant attempt to come to an agreement in which the defendant may plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a more serious charge to be dropped.
When a case goes to court, no one knows what the outcome will be. With a plea bargain, you do not have to take the gamble. A plea bargain might also help you to save money on your legal fees as it can help you to resolve a criminal matter faster. Experienced criminal lawyers are skilled when it comes to negotiating. This may prove helpful in your case.
Innocence is not enough to have a case dismissed
You might be of the impression that you do not need a criminal lawyer because you know you did not commit the crime. However, simply being innocent is not enough. Just ask one of the many innocent people imprisoned because they were not able to prove their innocence to a judge or jury. Do not take any chances with your freedom. Hire an experienced criminal lawyer to represent you.
Are you looking for a criminal lawyer in Toronto?
If you are in search of a criminal lawyer in Toronto, give us a call at the law offices of Sam Goldstein. For Sam Goldstein, criminal law has been the foundation of his entire career. He first worked as a prosecutor at all levels of the courts in Ontario. Sam’s daily duty was to represent the government in prosecuting cases that covered a wide range of criminal matters. From this experience, Sam gained valuable knowledge from “the other side”. He now uses this knowledge as the foundation of his work as a defence lawyer who diligently defends the rights of the accused. That is why he is one of the top criminal lawyers in Toronto.
So what are you waiting for? If you’ve been accused of or charged with assault, fraud, forgery, kidnapping, theft, gun, weapon and firearm offences, cybercrimes, obstruction of justice, murder, manslaughter or any other criminal offence, contact us today.