In this edition of the Weird and Wacky Wednesdays compendium, we feature a strange assortment of cases. First, there's the case of a man who asked the police to test his drugs. Then, an Australian man with a chip embedded in his hand. And finally, we end on a high note: cannibalism.
In the spirit of reefer madness and fear-mongering, the decision by the Canadian Senate to back down from their amendments to marijuana legalization has already sparked debate about carange on our roadways. But does the effective legalization of marijuana in Canada pose any realistic risk?
Frankly, that's doubtful.
This is not another article about the science behind marijuana and driving impairment. What it is instead is a look into Canada's impaired driving legislation that already exists, to see how there is already an effective enforcement scheme set up in our existing laws. What the Federal Government is proposing in Bill C-46 for an overhaul of impaired driving legislation is just not necessary.
And here's why.
Since the move toward legalization of recreational marijuana began after the last federal election, a lot of discussion has taken place surrounding marijuana-impaired driving. What has never been clear throughout all this discussion is what the existing state of the law is when it comes to cannabis impairment and driving. This has not been assisted by the introduction of Bill C-46, which creates separate offences involving marijuana and driving.
This post breaks down marijuana impaired driving as it currently stands in British Columbia and under federal criminal law.
This post is a guest post by Emma Wilson of Acumen Law Corporation. Emma is a rising star about to be called to the bar in British Columbia come August. She is well on her way to being a leader in traffic ticket, driving prohibition, and criminal defence.
We’ve all heard it in the news, or maybe learned it the hard way. The BC government, with help from ICBC, the RCMP and the municipal police forces, is cracking down on cell phone use while driving. The laws against use of an electronic device while driving have been on the books since 2010, so theoretically, we should all already be aware of this and the only people who should be worried are the ones who are actually putting others at risk with their behaviour (which isn’t us… or is it?).
This week's episode of Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn't deals with the principle against self-incrimination. The case at issue involved the police seeking a court order for the swipe pattern to unlock a smart phone. Watch the video to learn more!
The latest episode of Driving Law with Kyla Lee is live for your enjoyment on iTunes or SoundCloud. This week, I speak with an American traffic and driving lawyer, Joe McGrath about how impaired driving trials are prosecuted in the state of Virginia. Joe has been practicing for a long time, and he discusses the changes he has seen in impaired driving laws and whether any of them have led to a positive public effect.
Elsewhere in the episode, co-host Paul Doroshenko and I talk about dangerous driving charges and our experience in the lab in Texas, learning the science behind drug analysis.
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One of the main accusations my fellow impaired driving lawyers and I receive is that we keep drunk drivers on the roads and that somehow the justice system would be better off if we didn’t exist.
Every now and again, something comes along that reminds us why we do what we do – why we stand up for people facing drink driving charges. An Orwellian nightmare come to life put into this into particular perspective for me this week.
This week, Weird and Wacky Wednesdays looks at how powdered milk gave rise to a constitutional challenge, how driving in reverse may be dangerous driving, and in honour of the Animal Justice Paw and Order podcast, a case about clemency being granted to a cow that unlawfully crossed international borders.
A brand of gin has been recalled by liquor authorities after some bottles were found to contain nearly twice as much alcohol as advertised.
Bottles of the popular Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin were discovered by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s quality assurance team to have an alcohol content of 77 percent rather than 40 percent as stated on the label.
Vancouver Criminal Lawyer with a focus on impaired driving, marijuana legalization and related issues, and immediate roadside prohibition defence.