Posts tagged politics
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.


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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.

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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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The Federal Government Wants to Share Your Confidential Tax Information with Foreign Governments

The federal government's 2018-19 budget has been released, and it contains a rather unexpected surprise.

Attached to all the usual financial plan is a 78-page annex. While few people will ever read this document, it contains an unusual provision.  This provision seeks to create a legal mechanism to share the confidential tax information of Canadians with more than three dozen foreign governments, including the U.S., Russia, and China.

The government says this is necessary to aid in the fight against global crimes, such as terrorism, money laundering and drug dealing.

But if that's the case, then we are left wondering why this controversial provision was so curiously buried in the fine print of a much larger document, and asking how our privacy rights as Canadians will be protected.

You can read the full article, which appears in The Georgia Straight, 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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Allegations of Wide Spread Sexual Misconduct Plague the RCMP

When a case action lawsuit involving sexual harassment and the RCMP was approved to go ahead, lawyers estimated that they would receive about one thousand claims.

So far, there are over 2,400 claimants, and many more coming forward.  Lawyers are now expecting over 4,000 claimants before it's all over.

Many have expressed shock and outrage at the fact that such a toxic workplace could exist for so long, under the eye of the government.  

Earlier this week, I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis to discuss sexual misconduct in the RCMP and beyond.  You can hear the entire interview here.

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The Hill Times - Defence Lawyers ‘Cringe’ at New Sex-Assault Rules in Justice Bill

Earlier this week, I was interviewed by a report for The Hill Times about my views on Bill C-51 and our federal government's proposed reforms to the Criminal Code in relation to sex-assault laws.  

This post reproduces some sections of the article as published by The Hill Times and as written by Charelle Evelyn.  To view the full article, you must be a subscriber to The Hill Times, which covers all the important and topical political news on Parliament Hill.  

If you are a subscriber (which I would highly recommend), you can read the full article by following the link.

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