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Bill ‘pardoning’ pot possession coming by year’s end but will reform be part of larger record suspension overhaul?
Ralph Goodale
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the Liberal government wants to pass legislation to enable the pardoning of those convicted of simple possession of cannabis ‘as quickly as possible.’

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has announced he expects to introduce legislation by year’s end that will enable people who have completed their sentences for simple cannabis possession to apply for “pardons” — without them having to endure the usual years-long waiting period, or having to pay Ottawa the normal $631 application fee. ... [read more]

B.C. bar association urging action on ‘acute’ issues with legal aid, auto insurance CBABC president Margaret Mereigh

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 11:18 AM

The Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) is asking the B.C. government to increase funding for legal aid and to make changes to the recently transformed auto insurance system in the province as part of a number of recommendations it says will help to serve modern needs and lead to the efficient resolution of legal conflicts in B.C. ... [read more]

Canada’s top cop says officers ready for pot-smoking drivers; lawyers say issues still linger cannabis

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

“Measured” to “overly optimistic” is how some lawyers are describing a declaration by Canada’s top police chief that officers are ready to deal with drivers impaired by marijuana. Criminal defence lawyers are weighing in following an Oct. 15 press conference in Vancouver by Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) president Adam Palmer, who said “police agencies are ready” for the coast-to-coast legalization of marijuana on Oct. 17. At one point, Palmer turned to the subject of police preparedness for impaired driving due to marijuana — a touchy spot for some who feel there remains a lack of concrete science behind what constitutes impairment from marijuana. ... [read more]