Criminal

  • Public policy shift over cannabis continues to reverberate in NFLD

    Nov 15, 2018

    For Newfoundland and Labrador’s minister of justice, the national legalization of recreational cannabis is much more than an economic issue, a health issue, or a legal issue — it’s a new way of governing — and thinking about governing.

  • Opinion: After the destructive fool’s errand of pot prohibition, expungement now!

    Opinion: After the destructive fool’s errand of pot prohibition, expungement now!

    Oct 22, 2018

    Last week, the Liberal government, in a rare move, almost followed through on a key election promise. Marijuana is now legal in Canada — sort of.

  • Criminal lawyer says pardons for pot possession don't go far enough

    Criminal lawyer says pardons for pot possession don't go far enough

    Oct 17, 2018

    The federal government plans to pardon all those convicted of possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis, as Oct. 17 marks the first day in the era of legal Canadian cannabis.

  • Cannabis across Canada

    Cannabis across Canada

    Oct 17, 2018

    Legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada finally takes effect today, Oct. 17, after it was delayed from the original date of July 1 to give provincial governments more time to put their individual plans in place.

  • Four common myths around cannabis legalization in Canada

    Four common myths around cannabis legalization in Canada

    Oct 15, 2018

    Recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada on Oct. 17, but there are many myths and misconceptions about the substance and the laws that will govern its use.

  • Cannabis prohibition, an absurd history – part one

    Cannabis prohibition, an absurd history – part one

    Oct 8, 2018

    “Sittin’ downtown in a railway station One toke over the line.” From “One Toke Over The Line,” by Brewer and Shipley Things sure change — or at least they circle back to where they began.

  • Canadians skeptical law enforcement agencies are ready for cannabis

    Canadians skeptical law enforcement agencies are ready for cannabis

    Oct 3, 2018

    Half of Canadians say they don’t think their home province is ready for the legalization of recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, according to a poll by the Angus Reid Institute.

  • The Liberals are all vision, no reform

    The Liberals are all vision, no reform

    Oct 1, 2018

    The benefit of fixed election dates is that we probably know when the next federal election will take place. So, you can mark your calendars — but do it in pencil just in case — Canada will be voting on Oct. 21, 2019.

  • Stricter laws on impaired driving could impact immigrants, lawyers say

    Stricter laws on impaired driving could impact immigrants, lawyers say

    Jul 2, 2018

    Changes to the federal Criminal Code could affect prospective immigrants who are convicted of impaired driving offences inside or outside Canada, lawyers say.

  • Pot bill’s sober second thought

    Mar 26, 2018

    Last week, the Liberal government’s half-hearted cannabis legislation passed second reading in the Senate.

  • The Countdown to Legalization: Marijuana and the criminal law

    The Countdown to Legalization: Marijuana and the criminal law

    Feb 5, 2018

    In the first video of this new video series, we see where Canadian and Ontario-provincial criminal law are headed as recreational marijuana legalization is pending.

  • No dramatic shift in police treatment of pot

    No dramatic shift in police treatment of pot

    Jan 15, 2018

    The legalization of possessing small amounts of cannabis for recreational use is a campaign promise that the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is following through on since it was elected in the fall of 2015. In the more than two years since that election, however, imminent legalization did not result in a dramatic shift by law enforcement when it came to enforcing the current prohibitions against marijuana use and distribution.

  • Lawyers criticize proposed THC regulation

    Lawyers criticize proposed THC regulation

    Nov 20, 2017

    Lawyers say a government proposal to criminalize having a certain amount of THC in your blood two hours after driving will likely face a Charter challenge if implemented. A group of prominent criminal defence lawyers recently signed a letter calling on the government to abandon part of the proposed regulations in bill C-46 that would establish a summary offence for people found to have more than two nanograms of THC in a millilitre of their blood within two hours of driving a car.

  • Proposed legal limits for drug-using drivers likely to be challenged: criminal lawyer

    Proposed legal limits for drug-using drivers likely to be challenged: criminal lawyer

    Oct 18, 2017

    The federal government released a draft of its planned legal limits for drivers under the influence of drugs, but criminal lawyer Kyla Lee has doubts about how well the legislation will hold up against constitutional challenges.