Drug possession is the most common drug-related offence. The Crown Prosecutor must prove that the item seized is a controlled substance and that the accused had knowledge and control of the substance. Learn more


The most common controlled substances are:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • GHB
  • Ecstasy
  • Oxycodone
  • Fentanyl

There is a significant difference in sentencing for possession offences depending on the Schedule in which the substance is registered and the quantity seized. The quantity seized is generally minor to qualify for a possession offence. The greater the quantity, the greater the likelihood that the individual will be charged with drug trafficking rather than simple possession.

Being convicted of drug possession has significant lifelong impacts on travel and employment. Even if convicted of possession of a very minor amount of drugs, it generally carries a lifetime ban on entry to the United States, even if the offender receives a pardon. Learn more.

In order to properly defend possession charges, it is important to have a highly skilled lawyer by your side. Cory Wilson has successfully represented countless individuals charged with drug possession.

Alternative Measures Program

In certain circumstances, an accused person may have their possession charge withdrawn by entering into the Alternative Measures Program. This is a program that diverts offenders from the traditional court system. Upon completing certain conditions such as counselling or community service, the possession charge is withdrawn leaving the accused with no criminal record.

Often, the difference between entering the Alternative Measures Program or not, is having the right criminal defence lawyer. Cory Wilson works tirelessly to ensure that each client who is eligible for the program, is accepted into the program.

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Cory Wilson is a criminal defence lawyer based in Calgary. If you have been charged with a criminal offence or are a suspect in a criminal investigation, call today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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