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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 67 Youth Young people who commit offences under this act can be arrested and charged, and can get a criminal record, subject to the Youth Criminal Justice Act. In 2006, 6,382 young persons between the age of 12 and 17 were charged with a drug offence. Among them: • 4,737 (74%) were charged with a cannabis offence; • 794 (12%) with a cocaine offence; and • 851 (14%) with other offences. For more information about the Youth Criminal Justice Act including information about youth records, contact the Department of Justice Canada. Drug Laws in Canada Drugs in Canada are regulated under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. Offences under this act include: possession and trafficking or possession for purpose of trafficking. Penalties under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Substance Possession Trafficking or Possession for purpose of trafficking Cannabis (ex: marijuana) 30 grams or less: up to 6 months imprisonment or $1000 fine or both More than 30 grams: imprisonment up to 5 years less a day 3 kilograms or less: imprisonment up to 5 years less a day More than 3 kilograms: up to life imprisonment. Cocaine Up to 7 years imprisonment Up to life imprisonment. Ecstasy Up to 3 years imprisonment Up to 10 years imprisonment GHB Up to 3 years imprisonment Up to 10 years imprisonment Heroin Up to 7 years imprisonment Up to life imprisonment. Ketamine Up to 7 years imprisonment Up to life imprisonment. Methamphetamine Up to 7 years imprisonment Up to life imprisonment. Psilocybin Up to 3 years imprisonment Up to 10 years imprisonment Health Canada Santé Canada www.hc-sc.gc.ca

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