The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act outlines regulation of certain dangerous drugs and narcotics, referred to as “controlled substances”.
All controlled drugs and substances considered to be illegal under Canadian law can be found listed in the Act, and include, but are not limited to:
- Opium heroin, morphine, hashish, codeine, all other derivatives and related substances
- Cocaine and all related substances
- Cannabis (marijuana), including its derivative and related substances
- Various other controlled substances
In Canada, the criminal law makes it an offence to possess, sell, grow or manufacture any controlled substances. The consequences of a conviction on a drug-related charge in Canada vary. Serious offences such as trafficking, manufacturing or operating a “grow op” can carry with them severe terms of imprisonment. Minor offences, such as the possession of cannabis, for example, may be dealt with by the court imposing a financial penalty, a suspended sentence or a conditional discharge depending on the defendant's criminal record.
The reality, however, is that if you are convicted of a drug offence in Canada, even if it's a minor offence, you will have a criminal record, which can negatively affect various aspects of your life, including employment and travel. United States Customs and Border officers may bar your entry to the US if they find a Canadian with a conviction for a drug offence that has not been pardoned.
If you are charged with a drug offence, it is critical to obtain the services of an experienced drug offences lawyer, such as Raj Napal and NLC Lawyers, who have a thorough understanding of how to defend these charges. If you are being investigated or charged with a drug offence, contact NLC Lawyers for a confidential consultation with experienced legal counsel.