PM tables relaxed pot law

The federal government moved today to eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana, but promised a tougher line against growers and dealers. Under legislation introduced by Justice Minister Martin Cauchon, possession of up to 15 grams of pot would be a minor offence punishable by a fine.


Youths could face fines of up to $250 for minor possession while adults could be fined $400.


By contrast, the maximum sentence for illicit growers would be boosted to 14 years in prison from the current seven.


The penalty for trafficking would stay the same, with a maximum life sentence.


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