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"In the U.S, I have every confidence I would get a minimum of 30 years," Emery says in an interview in the basement of his bookstore. "I'll get a longer sentence than I'd get in Canada for multiple murder, for something no one in Canada has ever gone to jail for."
Read the article here about Marc Emery, the founder of the BC Marijuana Party, and how the DEA is trying to extradite him from Canada: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/17/AR2006031701906.html
From what I know, federal law in the states makes possessing any amount of mj illegal.
In Canada, having small amounts is decriminalized (packaging and amount are important to determine intent of trafficking). I think you can have 1/8-1/4...can't remember.
For the most part cops will take your weed (um, yeah) and give you a warning. I read before that of all people arrested for holding, half as many Canadians are actually charged.