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May 2016 Archives

Sexual assault charge against former CBC host withdrawn

This past March we wrote about the acquittal of former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi from several sexual assault charges. At that time, though the man was found not guilty of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking, his legal issues were not resolved. He faced another count of sexual assault, the trial for which was supposed to take place this summer. That charge was recently resolved as well. It was withdrawn by the court.

Many arrested in sweep of marijuana dispensaries

Readers are likely aware that medical marijuana is legal in Ontario, available from dispensaries found throughout the province. While the use of the drug in some situations may be legal, it is strictly regulated. Recently Toronto law enforcement cracked down on some retailers in Toronto. Called Project Claudia, the sweep resulted in approximately 90 arrests. In the course of the arrests the following was seized:

Test currently lacking for driving impaired due to marijuana

As readers are likely well aware, the laws in place in Ontario regarding drunk driving are well established. The same cannot be said however for impaired driving due to marijuana. Currently law enforcement does not have a good way to determine whether someone who is believed to be high from pot, is in fact too impaired to drive. With the possibility of marijuana becoming legal becoming more and more of a reality, some are concerned such a change could result in more drivers taking to the road after first using the drug. 

Domestic violence and psychedelic drugs

In our last post we wrote about the existence of a domestic violence court in the province of Ontario. The court is used in cases where the individuals involved in the alleged activity share an intimate relationship. At the end of the process, if the accused is found guilty, it is possible he or she could face serious consequences. But what if the focus was instead on prevention domestic violence?

Domestic violence court is not cruel and unusual punishment

Readers may be aware that in Ontario, there is a special court in which domestic violence matters may be handled. The court is specifically designed to address domestic violence allegations between intimate partners. Other cases of this nature, involving people who do not fit that definition, are heard in a criminal court.