“The reforms have compounded pressures on the criminal justice system and have led to an increase in challenges pursuant to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. There were 64 mandatory minimum penalties in the Criminal Code and nine mandatory minimums in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Since 2005, 51 code offences were amended to either increase existing mandatory penalties or introduce a new one. Justice Department officials were tracking more than 100 constitutional challenges to mandatory minimum penalties alone.”
- DRUNK DRIVING AND IMMIGRATION – “New amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada mean foreign nationals and permanent residents convicted of impaired driving can now be deemed inadmissible and could face deportation.”
- WEEKEND JAIL SENTENCES –> OVERCROWDING –> SECURITY CONCERNS –> LOCKDOWN
- WHY DO WE EQUATE THE IMPAIRING EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA? “A significant limitation of these studies is the inability to assess the level of driver impairment, as the complex pharmacokinetics of cannabinoids pose a challenge to establishing a universally accepted and scientifically valid standard of cannabis impairment,”
- OCTOBER 17, 2018
- IT’S ALL OVER BUT SETTING THE DATE – Both the House of Commons and the Senate approved the Cannabis Act. Legal sales are likely to begin before the end of summer.