On Wednesday the provincial government announced their “ticket-able” offences for breaking marijuana rules and regulations when it’s legal come October 17th.
Fines will range from $200, all the way $2,250.
Justice Minister Don Morgan, said they reached these numbers after comparing current fines for alcohol and looking at what other jurisdictions were doing.
“We started with offences that were similar to alcohol ones,” Morgan said. “Then we did a comparison with that, as that process went on they also updated some of the alcohol related ones as well and they tried to look at what was taking place in other areas with an inter-jurisdictional scan,” Morgan said.
Morgan said their goal was fines that were reasonable for the offence committed.
“So the goal was to have fines that would be an appropriate disincentive for certain types of conduct, and also something that was manageable and publicly acceptable,” Morgan added.
The highest fine will be for selling to a minor, Morgan said they are very serious about keeping marijuana away from underage minors.
“One of the major considerations when we went into this was trying to keep marijuana out of schools and out of the hands of children. So bringing marijuana into a school we knew would be a significant issue so we wanted to have a large disincentive there,” said Morgan.