Justice Minister Rob Nicholson unveiled new legislation Tuesday that would impose mandatory prison sentences for dealing illegal drugs.
Drug producers and dealers who threaten the safety of our communities must face tougher penalties, Mr. Nicholson said in a release. This is why our government is moving to impose mandatory jail time for serious drug offences that involve organized crime, violence or youth.
The proposed amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) will ensure that certain serious drug offences will result in mandatory prison sentences. Currently there are no minimum penalties under the CDSA. The amendments include:
A one-year mandatory prison sentence will be imposed for dealing drugs such as marijuana when carried out for organized crime purposes, or when a weapon or violence is involved;