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Is Marijuana Illegal?

There is confusion amongst members of the public as to whether or not simple possession of marijuana is illegal. This confusion has been caused by various court decisions and a policy of discretionary enforcement by the police. Simple possession of marijuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and production of marijuana are illegal in Canada. The law as it relates to simple possession of cannabis (less than 30 grams for personal use) is contentious in some areas. It is important to note that, in 2007 Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said that, despite some discrepancies in the law, nothing will change about how the police deal with marijuana for the time being. Thus, while this article provides a helpful summary of the evolution of the law with regards to marijuana in Canada, we suggest that you do not change your personal practices based on the information contained in this article.…

7 Dec 2009

Emigration (US) Repercussions of a Criminal...

1 Dec 2009

Our clients are often concerned about the effect a criminal conviction could have on their ability to travel to the United States. If you are convicted of a criminal offence…

Domestic Assault and Peace Bonds

24 Nov 2009

One of the first questions a client asks whcn charged with Domestic Assault is if there is any way that they could “get” a Peace Bond. Of course, in most…

Homicide

22 Nov 2009

Criminal defence lawyers are often asked to explain the difference between first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and manslaughter. Even though the general public hears these terms all the time – on…

Bail and the Tertiary Ground

11 Nov 2009

Sometimes when an individual is charged with a crime, he or she will be detained in custody pending a bail hearing. At the bail hearing, the Crown Attorney must “show…

Conditional Sentences of House Arrest

2 Nov 2009

Since 1996, judges in Toronto and throughout Canada have been able to sentence those found guilty of a crime to a conditional sentence as an alternative to incarceration. Canada has…

DNA Orders, Primary and Secondary Offences

1 Nov 2009

In 1995, despite resistance on the part of criminal defence lawyers and civil rights activists, Bill C-18 was passed, which amended the Criminal Code to create a regime for collecting…