Repercussions for Youth in Possession of Cannabis

November 5, 2018

Thank you to those Elgin-Middlesex-London constituents who have contacted my office looking for more information on the repercussions for Youth in possession of cannabis.

Under the Province of Ontario the following information has been provided:

If you are a young or novice driver convicted in court for violating the zero tolerance requirements for drugs and/or alcohol, your driver’s licence will be suspended again for at least 30 days and you will receive an additional $60-$500 fine.
No matter what age or licence you have, if you are convicted criminally of impaired driving in court, you can face additional fines and jail time, plus:

First offence
• Licence suspension of at least 1 year
• You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
• Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 1 year
• You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario

Second offence within 10 years
• Licence suspension of at least 3 years
• You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
• Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 3 years
• You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario

Third or more offence within 10 years
• Lifetime licence suspension, which may be reduced after 10 years if you meet certain criteria
• You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program
• Requirement to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 years
• You will need to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you meet the requirements for driving in Ontario

Additional Penalties if Convicted in Court in the Province of Ontario: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired-driving.shtml

For more information on Cannabis legalization please see the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/cannabis-legalization#section-1