Monthly Archives: March 2021

The Ins and Outs of Canada’s Cannabis Act

The Ins and Outs of Canada’s Cannabis Act

A Brief History of the Law Relating to Marihuana in Canada Before the Cannabis Act In the 1920s, the Canadian government criminalized cannabis (Opium and Narcotic Drug Act, 1923).  In 1937, someone was arrested and charged with marihuana possession for the first time in Canadian history.  The message at the time was clear: marihuana was not just bad, it was…

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Understanding Police Powers – Entering a Home Without a Warrant After a 911 Call

Understanding Police Powers – Entering a Home Without a Warrant After a 911 Call

Consider these hypothetical scenarios:  Someone accidentally dials 911 and then immediately hangs up when the operator answers. A short time later, four police officers show up at the door and force their way inside. Police show up at a homeowner or renter’s door. The police tell the owner or renter that they are responding to an “unknown trouble call.” They…

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How Sexual Assault Law Operates in Canada

How Sexual Assault Law Operates in Canada

Just being accused of a sexual assault can be devastating.  But being convicted of a sexual assault is even worse: a conviction can lead to a loss of your livelihood, your reputation, to you being continuously monitored as a sex offender, and for many if not most sexual assaults, going to prison. Indeed, while not the case for sexual assaults,…

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