Canada’s federal Cannabis Act legalizes and regulates the possession and sale of marijuana for anyone 18 and above. But the federal law also gives the country’s provincial governments the authority to add their own rules, so long as they’re not more permissive. As a result, some provinces implemented higher age requirements for possessing cannabis, restricted or outright banned private retailers and set limits on public consumption.
In Ontario, for example, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative party, elected just ahead of Canada’s October implementation of the Cannabis Act, implemented rules making the province one of the most restrictive in the country. And those rules are keeping police busy. According to a recent report, Ontario Police have been writing on average 21 tickets for cannabis each day since legalization took effect last October.
Ontario Police Are Busting People for Having Legal Weed
On average, Police in Ontario write 21 tickets per day for cannabis-related offenses. In total, police have written 1,652 tickets from October 17, 2018 though January 3, 2019. The tickets don’t come with jail time. But they are costly, ranging anywhere from a couple to several hundred dollars. Technically, however, fines can reach as high as $100,000, according to one source.