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Drug Offenses

Being charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is a serious offence and these charges have consequences that can last a lifetime.

Regulated under Health Canada and enforced by the criminal justice system, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act establishes a legal framework to monitor and prevent possession, assembly, import and sale of controlled drugs and the chemicals used in their production. Importing and trafficking charges can result in life in prison depending on the substance you have been charged with.

Classified under the Drug Schedule (I-VII) substances are separated by severity and quantity, and penalties range throughout the schedule. Severity of penalty often depends on the quantity of the substance involved as well as the intent and history of the accused.

The government’s aim to be tough on drug sentences including minimum sentences has slowly been evolving in Canada and many penalties can be decreased. There is now new progression towards harm reduction strategies including supervised use and protection from criminal charges with lessening penalties for drug use. In many cases Canada’s drug laws can be argued to focus on rehabilitation over imprisonment.

If you have been charged with a drug offence you need an experienced lawyer to defend your rights and protect your freedom. While some lawyers may shy away from drug charges, Steve Norton does not back down from a legal fight. Committed to your success, Norton Law works with you to create the best legal defence to help you win your case.

Drug offences require a dedicated defence. Steve Norton knows the law and Norton Law fights to win.


Steve has always had an interest in defending those in their time of need. As a Criminal Defense and Litigation Lawyer, he takes great pride in passionately advocating for his clients and embraces a hard-won fight. Learn More about Steve

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