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Major BC Court of Appeal Decision on Whether Thousands of Tickets Are Valid

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Yesterday, the BC Court of Appeal released a ruling in a highly anticipated case that had the potential to affect thousands of traffic tickets across British Columbia.

The case concerned a ticket for disobeying a traffic control device. What was at issue in the case was the question of whether or not the ticket itself was properly issued, in that it gave the accused, Mr. Robinson, proper notice of the offence for which he had been charged.

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How Long Before You Can Drive After Using Cannabis? 

This is one of the most common questions I am asked from cannabis users who are afraid of cannabis-impaired driving charges. Most people want to know if there is a certain window they should wait from the time they last smoked before driving, so there is no sign of impairment.

And while the question has never had a good answer scientifically, given that the absorption and elimination rates of cannabis from the bloodstream are non-linear, the question has become even more difficult to answer as a result of a recent study.

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The Tenuous Link Between Cannabis Impairment and THC Levels in the Blood

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For most people who are investigated for impaired driving by drugs, the case goes like this: the individuals are pulled over for some sort of a traffic violation. The officer forms a suspicion that they have a drug in their body, or they smell burnt cannabis, or the driver admits smoking pot a few hours earlier. The officer engages in some sobriety tests, including a saliva test that is supposed to correlate the amount of THC in your saliva to a blood THC concentration.

But what if I told you that even if THC is found in your blood, it might not accurately reflect how impaired you are?

The connection between how much THC is in your system and how impaired you are doesn’t follow a predictable pattern.

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Class Actions Against Government: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses Class Actions Against Government… Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Right to Counsel & Exclusion of Evidence: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses the Right to Counsel and Exclusion of Evidence… Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada.

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