Community Safety Unit - cannabis enforcement

The Community Safety Unit (CSU), under the Policing and Security Branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is responsible for compliance and enforcement under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (CCLA), with a focus on the illegal sale of cannabis.

Community Safety Unit LogoCSU investigators carry out compliance and enforcement activities against unlicensed cannabis retailers and other illegal sellers across the province.


Enforcement activities of the CSU

The CSU has the authority to enter premises where cannabis is being sold without a provincial retail store licence and take enforcement action, including making seizures of cannabis. A person may be charged for a provincial or criminal offence and be subject to an administrative monetary penalty under the CCLA for the same contravention.

Conviction of a provincial offence under the CCLA can result in fines up to $100,000, imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both. In addition to enforcement action by the CSU, a person illegally selling cannabis may be subject to enforcement action by the police.

Continue to visit this page for more updates and information on how to submit a complaint to the CSU, compliance & enforcement, cannabis seizures, and the administrative hearing process.