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Marijuana Event: Penalties and Cannabis Use

marijuana event: Marijuana joints rolled with Canadian-themed paper are photographed at a Wake and Bake legalized marijuana event in Toronto on Wednesday, October 17, according to Toronto Star. The federal government is warning newcomers that stiffer impaired driving and cannabis-related penalties could lead to their removal from Canada. The measures are part of the sweeping package of changes taking place as Canada becomes the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis use. Christopher Katsarov / THE CANADIAN PRESS 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 impact of these new penalties on permanent and temporary residents could be significant, the Immigration Department advises in a statement. It means they will fall under the definition of serious crimes for immigration determination purposes. ( As reported in the news.