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Cannabis use.article: Vancouver Police

cannabis use.article: It means they will fall under the definition of serious crimes for immigration determination purposes, according to Vancouver Courier. The impact of these new penalties on permanent and temporary residents could be significant, the Immigration Department advises in a statement. The measures are part of the sweeping package of changes taking place as Canada becomes the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis use.article continues below Trending Stories Meet Vancouver's youngest life-saving hero VIDEO Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history Halloween safety tips from Vancouver police, fire and paramedics You can leave your shoes on On Dec. 18, new impaired driving penalties will take effect, raising the maximum penalties for most of these offences from five years to 10. 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. Our main message to permanent residents and temporary residents is make sure you know and follow our laws, including our tough new rules for cannabis-related crimes and impaired driving. 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. ( As reported in the news.