Posts tagged DUI
Sarah Leamon Law Talks Radio - Episode 2

Welcome to Sarah Leamon Law Talks Radio!

In our second instalment, I explore the topic of cannabis legalization in Canada with a focus on British Columbia. To help move the discussion along, I am joined by two fascinating guests from different sides of the cannabis spectrum.

My first guest is Tamu Stolbie, who is a new cannabis user.

My second guest is Craig Ex, host of Expert Joints. Craig is a cannabis expert, enthusiast and long-standing member of the cannabis community. Craig shares his opinions about how our governments proposed regulations around cannabis may affect users - for both the positive and the negative.

Follow the link to listen as we dive deep into the hazey politics, policies and laws around cannabis.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for listening!

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Coming to a Road Near You - 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions for Cannabis

On April 26, 2018, the B.C. provincial government announced their plan to deal with legal cannabis.

The bill deals with various social issues, from where a person will be able to legally smoke cannabis to how dispensaries will obtain licenses.

It also dealt with the issue of drug impaired driving and the government officially announced their intention to create a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme for drug impaired drivers.

I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis this morning to talk about the future of impaired driving in this country and what it all means for cannabis users.

You can listen to the full interview here

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Expert Legal Evidence On Bill C-46 In Canada's Senate

Earlier this week, I was honoured to honoured to be personally invited to appear before the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in order to advise them on bill C-46.

In the course of my appearance, I was asked to provide the Committee with five minutes of testimony in relation to the bill.  Afterwards, I was questioned by the Senators for fifty minutes.  

What resulted was a very broad and interesting conversation about the constitutional implications of this proposed law and the state of impaired driving. 

You can watch a video link or read a complete transcript of the appearance, which is archived here.

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The B.C. Government Reveals Its Plan to Create a 90-day Drug-Impaired Driving Scheme

Our provincial government has released a plan to deal with cannabis once it becomes legal.  

Amongst other things, it has revealed an intention to create a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme for drug-impaired drivers.  It is likely that this scheme will be similar to the one already in place for alcohol-impaired drivers.  

Of course, no one is pro-impaired driving...but will innocent people be unfairly punished?  And what does this mean for our Charter rights?

I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis to discuss some of the potential problems with our governments plan to curb drug-impaired driving.

You can listen to the full interview on Roundhouse Radio here.

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B.C.'s Answers to Some Big Cannabis Questions Leaves Much To Be Desired

Yesterday afternoon, the B.C. government made an announcement in relation to the use of recreational marijuana in our province.

We now have some more clarity around how the use, regulation and sale of the drug will look in B.C. will look once it becomes legal.  

And while the announcement answered some big questions, it also left a lot hanging in the balance.   

So let's get to it and break this announcement down into three topics - tenancy issues, drug-impaired driving and public use - in order to find out what it might mean for you.

You can also read the full article, as it appears in The Georgia Straight, here.

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If You're Thinking That it's Okay to be Impaired in a Driverless Car, Guess Again

Driverless cars are coming to a highway near you, and they have many people asking: should impaired driving charges become a thing of the past?

As the law stands right now, a person can be charged with impaired driving if they are found either to be driving or in care or control of a motor vehicle while their ability to do is either impaired by a drug or alcohol or their blood-alcohol concentration exceeds 0.08 percent.

This means that a person can be charged, even if they aren’t technically driving...but should laws adapt to technological advancements in the auto industry?  

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What Does the Future of Self-Driving Cars Mean for DUI Law?

How will the increasing presence of automated vehicles on our roadways impact our current driving laws?  Will impaired driving charges become a thing of the past?  Or is it too soon to tell?

This week, I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis to discuss how automotive technology might change the ways that our laws apply.  

You can listen to the entire interview here.

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