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Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

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The big day has finally arrived and Canadians are now able to consume cannabis products legally, at least within the confines of our spanking new Cannabis Act. As we embark on this new leg of our national journey people are bound to have many questions, and it is important to stress that the new law is not going to lead to a free-for-all on the marijuana front. This article attempts to provide answers to some of those likely questions and concerns which clients may ask. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

Bill ‘pardoning’ pot possession coming by year’s end but will reform be part of larger record suspension overhaul? cannabis legalization

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]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 11:18 AM

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

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]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 10:52 AM

It’s time to put the we in weed: Family law and legalized cannabis | John-Paul Boyd Usethismoney

Anyone who has practised family law for more than a few months will have ceased to be a stranger to substance use and abuse, by which I mean that the issue of substance comes up in family law files with a frequency that most lawyers, other than defence counsel perhaps, would generally find surprising. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

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

“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]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 3:24 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 5:11 PM

Ottawa says it’s replacing ‘administrative segregation’ with ‘structured interventions’ for certain inmates

Prisoners’ rights advocates say the devil is in the details of proposed Liberal government reforms that would replace the constitutionally dubious practice of “administrative segregation” with “a new correctional interventions model” that would divert offenders who cannot be managed in the general population to newly created “structured intervention units” (SIUs) that offer inmates “an opportunity” for a minimum of four hours per day outside their cells and a minimum of two hours a day “of meaningful human contact.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 12:09 PM

Cannabis legalization: A feel-good moment in Canada | Robert Harvie Cannabis legalization

Well, then. Oct.17 is almost here, a day of much rejoicing for the 4/20 crowd — and for those who are in a state of fear and loathing, I say, “relax.” Have a brownie. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Ontario re-lays foundation for brick and mortar sales of recreational cannabis cannabis legalization

The government of Ontario recently introduced Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act. If passed, Bill 36 will enact the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 and make numerous amendments to other Ontario laws, including the Cannabis Act, 2017, the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017, and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Corruption and disobedience - Breach of trust

Appeal by the accused, Patterson, from convictions for drug-related offences and breach of trust. ... [read more]

Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 1:37 PM

Reaction mixed to new agreement on Alberta legal aid funding Kathleen Ganley

The Alberta government is increasing support for legal aid as part of a new agreement designed to fund the system until 2022, but not everyone in the provincial legal community is totally embracing the move. ... [read more]