Vancouver criminal lawyer Kyla Lee as asked to appear on Vancouver Consumer (this was not a paid programming piece) to discuss the ins and outs of cannabis legalization and marijuana impaired driving with Sterling Faux. Please have a listen above.
Canadians who work for, or have connections to, the cannabis industry are running into problems at the U.S. border, including lifetime travel bans.
Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer based in Blaine, Wash., says he’s received many calls from businesses who tried to travel to the U.S. and were either turned away or banned. He says that’s been accompanied by a spike in applications for waivers.
“It used to be that almost all my waiver connections were criminal convictions. Now I would say probably 25 per cent of my waivers, where it used to be one or two per cent, are waivers where people have run into problems because of marijuana,” he said. “When I first started practicing in Blaine 15 years ago, I’d maybe get one or two cases a year, and when they legalized it in Washington state… my cases went up to one or two a month. When Trudeau started legalizing marijuana… my cases went up to one or two a week. So it’s a huge growth industry for immigration lawyers.”
All eyes were on the passing of the Cannabis Act last week, which will make it legal to buy recreational weed in Canada on October 17. But the government also passed its impaired driving bill—one that gives police sweeping new powers and could criminalize drivers who are completely sober.
Bill C-46 creates new offences for people who drive with a certain amount of THC in their system and toughens up the rules around drinking and driving. While that may sound like a good thing—no one wants dangerous drivers on the road—experts argue several parts of the bill are unconstitutional and will trample on the rights of citizens.
Questions raised after judge acquits driver in fatal crash.
The family of a doctor killed by a speeding driver is demanding answers after the accused was acquitted. Rumina Daya talks to some experts about what it takes to lose a licence.
Kyla Lee in The Fraser Valley News: New Study – More Assistance Needed For Jurors – Before, During And After The Trial
Fraser Valley – Have you ever had the experience of Jury duty?
For many, it’s tedious, boring, long hours and doesn’t pay well at all.
For others, it can be an emotional wrecking ball. Testimony that could break your heart, make you seethe with anger or disgust you with stomach churning details.
A former juror who suffered serious emotional trauma after serving on a jury, had requested a policy change which has led to a comprehensive study and report by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Four young children were found left alone in a vehicle in a downtown Vancouver parkade on Wednesday afternoon.
Global BC reporter Rumina Daya was in a parkade beneath the law courts when she heard the muffled sound of a baby crying.
She followed the sound to an SUV and saw four young children — including a baby — inside the vehicle. All the kids appeared to be under the age of seven, Daya said.
There were no adults around and the door to the SUV was unlocked.
Kyla Lee in The Globe and Mail: Western premiers ask federal government for more help dealing with drug-impaired drivers
Western Canada’s premiers are calling on Ottawa to do more to help their provinces enforce drug-impaired driving laws after the legalization of marijuana this year.
A final communiqué issued on Wednesday at the western premiers meeting in Yellowknife also urged the federal government to expedite the approval of a saliva-screening device so police forces across the country can procure the equipment and train their officers accordingly.
Kyla Lee appeared on the Lynda Steele show with Mike Smyth to talk about increases to ICBC's Driver Risk Premium for high risk offences. You can listen to the whole interview here.
Kyla Lee spoke to Mark Brennae about proposed changes to drunk driving legislation.
The Provincial Government has included some changes to alcohol-impaired driving provisions in a new law addressing cannabis-impaired driving.
Ms. Lee described the alterations as "disturbing".
Kyla Lee on Global News BC: Driver given $109 traffic ticket for head-on crash that killed motorcyclist in Delta
The family of a motorcyclist killed in Delta are outraged that the driver behind the accident walked away with nothing more than a traffic ticket. Rumina Daya has more.
Carmen Smith had been married for just five days when her husband was killed in a crash.
“I had sympathy cards mixed with wedding cards on my mantel,” she said.
Brad Smith died when a car crossed the centre line and hit him as he was riding his motorcycle. The driver of the car was given a ticket of just over $100.
Kyla Lee - Vancouver Criminal Lawyer
Vancouver Criminal Lawyer Kyla Lee is available to give interviews on all variety of criminal law topics, including drunk driving rulings and Immediate Roadside Prohibition legislation. Kyla Lee has appeared on Global BC, CBC, in the Vancouver Sun, and other media throughout BC. She is a leader in developments in drinking and driving law in British Columbia.