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Cannabis Use: Penalties and Immigration Department

cannabis use: Sign up to receive the Pot Post newsletter delivered to your inbox On Dec. 18, new impaired driving penalties will take effect, raising the maximum penalties for most of these offences from five years to 10, according to CTV. It means they will fall under the definition of serious crimes for immigration determination purposes. The measures are part of the sweeping package of changes taking place as Canada becomes the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis use. The impact of these new penalties on permanent and temporary residents could be significant, the Immigration Department advises in a statement. The posting is the first part of a multi-pronged education campaign to be rolled out in the coming weeks to ensure newcomers to Canada are informed of the impact that Canada's new impaired driving laws could have on their ability to remain in Canada. The Immigration Department quietly posted a statement on its website this earlier this week advising permanent and temporary of the upcoming penalty changes, noting they could be particularly affected. ( As reported in the news.