A criminal lawyer's perspective on the Law Society of Ontario's requirement to adopt a Statement of Principles.
Toronto police and Crown attorneys are visibly frustrated by Cannabis Culture dispensaries and marijuana activists, but the state of the law today may not be defensible. With pending legalization and a shift in the debate, the constitutionality of using criminal law to enforce prohibition of marijuana is up in the air.
Marijuana dispensaries have sprung up across the city. The reality is that there is a legal void when it comes to medicinal marijuana. Courts have ruled that the Charter requires people be given reasonable access to medical marijuana and have struck down medical marijuana laws. It seems risky for the police to be raiding dispensaries given this legal environment. Toronto criminal lawyer Dan Stein explains.
Julian Weekes was tragically shot last week in Toronto and the police hope that witnesses will come forward. But what happens when the police interview a witness who could also be a suspect? Lines are blurred and the police may not tell the person what they need to know. The courts have spoken but right to silence needs to be more clear. Civilians are entitled to the same rights as police officers when they are investigated by the SIU. Toronto Criminal Lawyer Dan Stein explains.