Posts tagged cannabis
Will You Be Turned Away At The Border Once Cannabis Is Legal?

While some marijuana-smoking Canadians have already thought about how they will answer questions about their consumption when crossing the border, people working in the cannabis industry may not have turned their minds to how seemingly benign questions about their employment could affect them.

A question as simple as “what do you do for a living?” could result in a lifetime ban for people who work with cannabis. 

It is a scary thought…which is made all the more frightening by the sheer potential of its scope. 

After all, the Canadian cannabis industry is booming. 

If you receive financial remuneration for your participation or promotion of cannabis, you may be affected.  People working in legal cannabis in Canada, are considered to be living off the profits of the drug trade in America.

To learn more, read the full article at the link.


Read More
Senate Votes to Pass Bill C-45 But Implements Some Major Amendments In Doing So...

The long road to marijuana legalization faced another critical last step this week as the Senate voted on Bill C-45.

This bill will effectively alter the Criminal Code and some portions of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to allow legal access to cannabis in this country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau originally promised that Canadians would be able to light their first legal joint on July 1, 2018. However, given the numerous political and administrative delays that Bill C-45 has faced so far, that deadline is looking more and more likely to go up in smoke.

Honorable senators scrutinized almost every detail of Bill C-45. They have made a number of amendments—more than a whopping 40, in fact!

Now you don’t need to know about all of these amendments. Many of them are merely technical in nature and will have little effect on the bill or your experience of it. But some are rather important and worthy of our attention.

Read More
How Will Cannabis Legalization Change Your Rights As An Employee?

As cannabis legalization inches closer, many unanswered questions remain. One of the most interesting questions has to do with worksite safety and privacy rights.

What kinds of privacy rights will employees have when cannabis is legal? Will employers be able to drug test their employees in the interests of workplace safety? If so, how will they test for the drug and what kinds of consequences could users face?

I sat down with Angela Kokott on Global News Radio to answer these questions...and many more.

Listen to the full interview by clicking here.

Read More
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!

Read More
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

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More