Potential for injustice with new impaired driving laws

Canadian criminal defense lawyers are voicing concerns regarding the new Bill C-46, which came into effect last month, and provides the police with a wider range of powers to administer sobriety tests on drivers, boaters and even canoeists. Under new tough driving impaired laws past by the Canadian Parliament in December 2018, Canadians could now … Continued

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How Suncor decisions impact Canadian testing

Starting in the first quarter of 2019, workers and contractors of Suncor Energy will be subject to random alcohol and drug tests. Suncor Energy, a Canadian integrated energy company based in Calgary, Alberta, specializes in the production of oil and natural gas in Western Canada, and operates multiple refineries across the country. The jobs subject … Continued

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New cannabinoid getting attention

Chances are, you have heard of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the naturally occurring active compounds (called cannabinoids) found in cannabis and hemp. But, have you heard of CBN? Although its name bears a close resemblance to CBD, cannabinol (CBN) offers distinctive effects and benefits that set it apart from both THC and CBD. CBN is … Continued

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Chronic pain patients feel stigmatized

The use of prescription opioids has skyrocketed in Canada over the last 20 years. High doses of commonly prescribed are associated with risks including fatal overdoses, motor vehicle accidents, and falls and fractures in the elderly population. Among concerns of overprescription, the Ontario Public Drug Programs (OPDP) announced the delisting of high-strength opioids in July … Continued

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National cannabis 4th quarter review

Statistics Canada has released the results of the National Cannabis Survey (NCS) from the fourth quarter of 2018. According to the Statistics Canada website, the main goal of the survey is “to better understand the frequency of cannabis usage in Canada and to monitor changes in behaviour as a result of the legalization of cannabis … Continued

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Portable fingerprint drug testing now in Spain

The world’s first portable fingerprint-based drug screening system has been launched by UK-based company Intelligent Fingerprinting and is now available in Spain. The new testing system is hygienic and easy-to-use, and collects fingerprint samples in just five seconds. It works by analyzing sweat from a fingerprint to determine if someone has recently used cocaine, opiates, … Continued

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Estevan rolls out use of roadside drug testing device

Estevan Police Service has received special training in Ottawa in order to test drivers for impaired driving to detect substances such as cannabis and cocaine. The new device, the Drager 5000, enables police officers to test the saliva of individuals suspected of consuming these substances. According to Estevan police, they are planning to use the … Continued

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New colour changing drug identification kits used in Australia

Australian authorities are recommending drug users to invest in a legal, do-it-yourself, colour change drug test, known as a pill testing kit, to analyze the contents of their drugs before consumption. The recommendation comes after the occurrence of multiple drug overdoses and several deaths during Australian summer festivals. Several Australian universities and advocacy groups have … Continued

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Retrial ordered for Canadian drug smuggler in China

A court in China has ordered a retrial for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian previously found guilty of drug smuggling and sentenced to 15 years in prison, ordered to pay $22,000 (or 150,000 yuan) and to be deported. Schellenberg has since then appealed the verdict. After the prosecution had stated they found new evidence demonstrating … Continued

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