Category: marijuana

Category: marijuana

Distinction between edible and dry cannabis at issue in Supreme Court case

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Manufacturing & Cultivation on Wednesday March 25, 2015.

The Supreme Court of Canada is currently considering arguments about whether the regulation of medical marijuana -- specifically, edible cannabis products -- is arbitrary and unconstitutional. The case before the high court follows the acquittal of a British Columbia man who was charged with marijuana possession and marijuana trafficking. In 2009, police found edible marijuana products in his apartment. Those products reportedly included cannabis-infused olive oil and grapeseed oil and...
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Ontario police engage in questionable practice of publishing defendants’ names

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Possession on Tuesday March 03, 2015.

Police forces in some parts of Ontario make it a point to publicly associate marijuana charges with accused individuals, even before the cases have been tried. For example, the Almaguin Highlands Ontario Provincial Police send out press releases that list the names of individuals charged with crimes, including possession of small amounts of marijuana. The detachment is thought to be the only one in the area to engage in this...
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Things to know about mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Monday February 02, 2015.

In 2012 Canadian legislators passed the controversial Safe Streets and Communities Act, which, among other things, set mandatory minimum sentences for certain kinds of drug offences and increased prison sentences for marijuana offences. Specifically, the law requires a minimum prison sentence of one year if the accused is convicted of a drug crime under any of the following circumstances: The defendant was previously convicted of a designated drug offence within...
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Police dragnet sweeps up 33 in Southwestern Ontario

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Wednesday December 31, 2014.

With large-scale drug investigations, there is a risk of innocent people getting caught up in the dragnet. Sometimes police and prosecutors become overzealous and charge people whose only mistake was being in the wrong place at the wrong crime. After all, just because you are in the presence of someone in possession of drugs does not necessarily mean that you are guilty of a drug offence. Thirty-three people have been...
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15 arrested in connection with alleged drug trafficking in GTA

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Wednesday November 26, 2014.

Police departments in the Greater Toronto Area sometimes combine their significant resources to conduct sweeping investigations into the trafficking of illegal substances. While such investigations may result in the seizure of large amounts of drugs, innocent people can easily become caught up in the mix by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Fifteen people were recently arrested after officers from numerous departments searched 15 locations in...
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7 charged in connection with Tyendinaga grow-op

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Manufacturing & Cultivation on Tuesday October 28, 2014.

Being accused of growing even a small amount of marijuana in Ontario can lead to serious legal consequences. In addition to fines and incarceration, the penalties for running a grow-op may include a restriction on an individual's ability to cross into the United States. If you have been charged with illegal drug production, then it is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side to intervene early in the...
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Penalties expected to increase for drug-impaired driving in Ontario

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Thursday October 23, 2014.

The Ontario government is expected to approve a number of new traffic law amendments, one of which will increase penalties for driving while under the influence of drugs. Specifically, the penalties for driving while high will be raised to match the penalties for driving while impaired by alcohol. However, it remains to be seen exactly how police officers will obtain evidence that proves without doubt that a driver is impaired...
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Drug charges: The stakes are too high not to have a strong defence

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Uncategorized on Thursday September 18, 2014.

Whether you are facing the relatively minor charge of marijuana possession or the very serious charge of drug trafficking, you will need an effective criminal defence strategy to protect your rights and freedom. With any type of drug charge, you can expect prosecutors to aggressively pursue a conviction and ask the court to impose a jail sentence. Criminal defence lawyers at Neuberger & Partners LLP work to protect accused individuals' rights by...
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Father of 3 convicted, sentenced for drug trafficking in Ontario

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Monday August 18, 2014.

Many people who find themselves facing drug charges have already experienced difficult circumstances in the time leading up to the arrest, but prosecutors nonetheless ask the court to impose heavy penalties upon conviction. Consider the case of a young father who has been diagnosed with cancer. The 23-year-old, who reportedly has three young children, was arrested in Greater Sudbury on July 12. The arrest came after police were investigating the...
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Police cast wide net, arrest 24 on drug-related charges

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Saturday August 02, 2014.

In the midst of large-scale police investigations that lead to multiple arrests, sometimes innocent people are in the wrong place at the wrong time and soon have to confront criminal charges. Overcharging is another common problem in police investigations that cast a wide net. While there may be someone who committed a crime, that doesn't necessarily mean that all parties involved should be charged with the same offence. In any...
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