People who make, import, sell or possess the super-addictive drug commonly known as crystal meth now face stiffer sentences, the federal government said Thursday.
"The maximum penalty for production and distribution of methamphetamine has increased from 10 years to life in prison," three federal ministers said in a news release.
"Methamphetamine has been moved to Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which provides access to the highest maximum penalties."
The change puts crystal meth on par with cocaine and heroin when judges sentence offenders.
The news release cited the "significant health, social and economic harms" caused by addiction to the synthetic drug, which can be made with ingredients that are readily available to the public.