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Travellers caught sneaking even small amounts of cannabis into Canada could soon be facing fines. Although severe criminal penalties will remain an option, the federal border agency is developing administrative sanctions to give it more flexibility to deal with people who arrive at the Canadian border with cannabis.

Since October 17, adults in Canada are legally able to possess and share up to 30 grams of cannabis. But bringing the drug into the country continues to be illegal, carrying a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

If you are carrying cannabis into Canada, it must be declared to the border agency or you may face arrest and prosecution, says the Canada Border Services Agency.

However, the border agency also recognizes that some recreational pot users may absentmindedly leave a joint in a jacket pocket or simply be unaware of the cross-border restrictions in place.

Details of the new fines are still being decided but internal notes say the penalties are slated to be in place some time next year and have indicated that travellers hit with fines will have the chance to challenge the penalties.

The border agency received approximately $40 million over five years to help enforce the new cannabis law. The money is intended to bolster front-line capacity, develop public education campaigns and help track the effects of the new legislation.

Source: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/cannabis-carrying-border-crossers-could-be-hit-with-fines-under-coming-system-1.4264330

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