Ottawa, ON – In response to the proposed legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, the law firm of Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP wants to make people aware there will be changes to laws regarding marijuana.
It is imperative people remember that until the federal government officially legalizes marijuana for recreational usage, the current laws are still in effect. While the government has given a deadline of July 2018 to have the legalization process complete, there is now speculation that it may not occur until later this summer or even sometime in the fall.
Part of the issue with legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes is it requires a review of all current laws and what modifications are required. Among those laws are impaired driving offences. The federal government has yet to establish what the legal acceptable limit of marijuana will be to be considered impaired.
In addition, the testing methods for determining impairment have not been fully agreed upon. Some call for continued evaluation and screening by drug recognition experts when police officers suspect impairment roadside.
Some law enforcement agencies have begun testing instant saliva tests to screen for marijuana for use roadside. However, unlike alcohol impairment, it can be difficult to determine the exact amount of the drug in a person’s system during these screenings.
Deciding what factors will indicate impairment from marijuana usage has not been fully established. Aside from driving offences, the federal government will also need to update and modify drug offence laws in regards to possession, distribution, and the sale of marijuana.
These are just a few of the laws that will need to be updated and modified. Currently, one can be stopped and charged for impaired driving while under the influence of drugs, as well as charged for the possession, distribution and sale of marijuana.
The law office of Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP does provide legal representation for those charged with drug-related criminal offences and driving offences. It is essential for someone accused of these offences to seek expert and knowledgeable representation to achieve optimal results.
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The law office of Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP was founded in Ottawa by a group of hungry and young criminal defence lawyers. These lawyers believe everyone who is charged with a criminal offence, deserves a creative, fearless, and smart defence for fighting their charges. Today, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP still believe this and continue to provide expert and knowledgeable legal representation for clients facing a wide range of criminal offences.