Criminal Law – Drug offences

This guide offers a listing of key resources related to drug offences in Canada.  Topics in this area include but are not limited to:

  • constitutional and procedural issues
  • possession
  • trafficking
  • proceeds of crime
  • evidentiary issues
  • defences
  • sentencing

For more information on sentencing also see our research guide: Criminal Law – Sentencing.


Available in Alberta Law Libraries

Last revised Apr. 25, 2024

Annotated Legislation

Case Law

For more information on finding cases see our research guide: Finding and researching cases.



Alberta Court Judgments

A collection of the judgments of the Alberta Courts is available from CanLII. The official version of the reasons for judgment is the signed original or handwritten endorsement in the court file. If there is a question about the content of a judgment, the original court file takes precedence.


The Canadian Abridgment available on: Westlaw Canada

All Canadian Summaries, Canadian Case Summaries and Canada Digest are available on: LexisAdvance® Quicklaw®


Canadian Encyclopedic Digest

Canadian encyclopedic digest (C.E.D.) (Western), 4th ed.

Sections related to Drug Offences include:

  • Criminal law – Defences. 
  • Criminal law – Offences. 

The CED provides discussion of these areas of law with annotations to legislation and case law.

Available electronically through: Westlaw Canada

Halsbury's Laws of Canada

Halsbury’s laws of Canada is a multi-volume set includes coverage of Federal, Provincial & Territorial legislation. Also available electronically through: LexisAdvance® Quicklaw®

This encyclopedia explains the legislation and cases which govern family law issues in every jurisdiction in Canada, allowing you to quickly locate, contextualize and apply the basic elements of the law.

Titles related to Drug Offences include:

Additional information may be found under other topical headings.



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