Pubdate: Thu, 21 Sep 2017
Source: Regina Leader-Post (CN SN)
Copyright: 2017 The Leader-Post Ltd.
Author: Jody Wilson-Raybould
Page: A6


Re: Ashley Robinson's article (Kids will be able to possess weed under 
federal marijuanalegislation, Sept. 15):

The Government of Canada's position is clear: youth should not have
any amount of cannabis. As Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said,
under Bill C-45 there will be no legal means for a young person to
obtain recreational cannabis. C-45 will also, for the first time, make
it a criminal offence to sell cannabis to a minor and create
significant penalties for those who engage youth in related offences.

For small quantities of cannabis of up to five grams, C-45 exempts
young persons from criminal prosecution for possessing or sharing.
Above that, youth will be subject to the Youth Criminal Justice Act,
which emphasizes community-based responses, rehabilitation and

Why? For very small amounts of cannabis, there is a better way to deal
with youth than subjecting them to the lifelong consequences of a
criminal record.

We have been regularly engaging with provinces and territories to
encourage them to create administrative offences - a ticketing regime
- - to prohibit youth from possessing any amount of cannabis, similar to
what is now done for alcohol and tobacco. This approach would provide
police with the authority to seize cannabis from youth with small amounts.

In tandem, we are also undertaking a broad public education campaign
for Canadians of all ages so that they know the risks of consumption
and the consequences for breaking the law.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, minister of justice and attorney general of
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