HALIFAX -- Proposed Nova Scotia legislation would see fines as high as $10,000 for illegal marijuana sales or distribution to a person under 19, while impaired drivers will also face stiff penalties.
The fines are part of a series of penalties around the legal age, possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis included in the province's new Cannabis Control Act introduced Tuesday by Justice Minister Mark Furey.
Anyone under 19 found with less than five grams will face seizure of the drug and a fine of no more than $150. Those who buy cannabis from anyone other than the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) could be fined up to $250.
Furey said the province will harmonize its penalties for alcohol with those proposed for marijuana so sanctions are consistent.
"Let me be clear--driving while high is not only dangerous, it is a crime," said Furey. "And the legislation ... provides strong sanctions for those who drive impaired."