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Cannabis fines in Saskatchewan announced

Residents on the Saskatchewan side of the Lloydminster could see themselves being fined anywhere between $200 to $2,250 for illegal use of cannabis.

On Wednesday, the Government of Saskatchewan released new regulations for ticketing offences under the province’s Cannabis Control Act. Fines include a $200 ticket for consuming cannabis in a public place, a $1,000 fine for consuming pot at school, school ground or child care facility and a $2,250 ticket for a cannabis shop that fails to ask for ID or sells cannabis to a minor.

In Lloydminster, cannabis laws are already in place that have their own fines attached. For example, smoking or vaping cannabis in a public place results in a $500 fine and consuming cannabis in a vehicle when a person under the age of 18 is present will be a $1000 ticket.

Also, under provincial regulations, a person distributing more than 30 grams of dried cannabis in a public place can be subject to a $200 fine and a $750 ticket will be given to anyone selling or giving cannabis to a minor.

The new laws will not come into effect until the Cannabis Control Act is proclaimed this fall and all cannabis legislation put forward by the City will not apply until marijuana is legal October 17, 2018.

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