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Ottawa unveils Charter defence of proposed cannabis legislation

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 @ 9:16 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has unveiled her Charter defence of Ottawa’s proposed legislation to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana in Canada.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-RaybouldIn a “Charter statement” highlighting the “key considerations” that she believes support the Charter compliance of the Liberal government’s signature Cannabis Act (C-45), the former Vancouver Crown explains her constitutional justification for: advertising restrictions on the sale of cannabis; multi-million dollar administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) for regulatory non-compliance; and sweeping state powers to authorize inspections with respect to the...