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Cannabis ticketing regime could hurt those who plead guilty

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 2:52 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Canadians should be aware of the potential negative repercussions if they choose to plead guilty to marijuana offences via the new cannabis ticketing regime proposed by the federal government, lawyers told MPs on Tuesday.

The Barreau du Québec, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA), and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice all pointed out to the Commons Health Committee studying Bill C-45 this week that the legislation doesn’t expressly state that a guilty plea via cannabis ticket results in a criminal conviction, nor does the bill mention potential negative...