Federal prosecutors told not to seek criminal penalties for minor drug charges – National Post – 2020-08-20

Canadians found with small amounts of illegal drugs will rarely be prosecuted under new guidelines for federal prosecutors.

Director of Public Prosecutions Kathleen Roussel issued the new guidance this week, encouraging Crown prosecutors to look for other ways to deal with drug possession and divert people from the criminal justice system.

Roussel’s guidance on the issue is arm’s length from government, and she sets the rules on how cases are prosecuted independently from Justice Minister David Lametti.

The new guidelines say that in many cases jail time or fines are not the best way to deal with people caught with illegal drugs. They were published in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada Deskbook, a guide for prosecutors and for lawyers contracted to work for the federal government.

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