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Criminal lawyer Kyla Lee on CKNW with Lynda Steele: marijuana impaired driving law in British Columbia is a mess!

We now know that pot will be legal October 17th!  We have a date but there is so much that we don’t know including how the heck they are going to figure out if someone is high when driving.  At this point, there doesn’t seem to be a reliable way to test.  Our next guest says marijuana-impaired driving law, as it currently stands in British Columbia and under federal criminal law, is a mess! Guest: Kyla Lee - Vancouver criminal lawyer with expertise in DUI, impaired driving & IRP. To listen to the interview, click here....

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Kyla Lee on Radio NL: Acumen Law lawyer says there will be lots of details to sort out once legal cannabis arrives

Now that we know when legal cannabis will arrive in Canada, a lawyer with Acumen Law says there will be a lot of wrinkles to iron out once legalization arrives. Kyla Lee says, one of the biggest areas of concern will be how drug-impaired drivers are dealt with. “As the driving issue moves forward we are going to see constitutional challenges related to that. It is going to lead to a lot of litigation and I don’t think our courts are prepared to handle that.” Lee says the second-hand smoke issue will also be problematic. To read the full story, click here....

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Kyla Lee on Global News Hour at 6

A man who ran onto the field during a BC Lions game on Saturday may now be taking legal action. The video of the incident went viral. The Lions’ fan, wearing a jersey and underwear, but no pants or shoes, went running onto the field at BC Place and then was tackled hard by Lions’ player Marcell Young. Kyla Lee said: "Because of the way in which he caused his own suffering by running onto the field and streaking and breaking the rules, it is unlikely that any award he is given will be a whole award. "It is most likely going to be significantly...

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Kyla Lee on CKNW: Random roadside tests fly in the face of your charter rights

Is being forced to take a breathalyzer test, unconstitutional? According to one lawyer, it definitely is. Kyla Lee, Lawyer Acumen Law, said: "Bill C-46 is a bill that overhauls alcohol-impaired-driving laws in Canada. "It was originally designed for the purposes of introducing a testing scheme and enforcement scheme for the purposes of marijuana-impaired driving with the impending legalization. "But in doing so they also made significant and sweeping changes to the alcohol-impaired driving legislation that we have had in place, including removing the requirement that police officers have to have a reasonable suspicion that you have alcohol in your body before they ask you to blow...

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Kyla Lee in Cannabis Law Journal: Understanding the Possession Rules in BC’s Cannabis Act

British Columbia’s cannabis legalization framework has been revealed, but public debate and discussion around the issue has muddied the waters for anyone wishing to know how they can possess cannabis, and how much. Possession of cannabis in British Columbia’s Cannabis Act will be limited to adults, who are nineteen years of age or over. Anyone under nineteen exposes themselves to prosecution for an offence if they possess cannabis. However, possession is far more complex than this. A helpful breakdown of who, where, and in what circumstances British Columbians are going to be permitted to possess marijuana is therefore necessary. Under the Act,...

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Acumen’s Kyla Lee in The Huffington Post

Debate over the impaired driving Bill C-46 is focused on balancing Charter rights against the need to protect lives. For Senators, the Charter won out. Last week, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee voted to remove the random breath testing provision from Bill C-46, a controversial piece of impaired driving legislation. Bill C-46 was introduced in the House of Commons last spring by Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Minister of Justice for Canada. Among its sweeping changes to impaired driving legislation in the province was a provision removing the requirement that an officer form a reasonable suspicion of alcohol in the body before asking a driver to blow into...

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Kyla Lee in The Globe and Mail: Western premiers ask federal government for more help dealing with drug-impaired drivers

Western Canada’s premiers are calling on Ottawa to do more to help their provinces enforce drug-impaired driving laws after the legalization of marijuana this year. A final communiqué issued on Wednesday at the western premiers meeting in Yellowknife also urged the federal government to expedite the approval of a saliva-screening device so police forces across the country can procure the equipment and train their officers accordingly. “With respect to cannabis, we have just weeks until the federal government legalizes a substance that has never been legal before, and they don’t have any idea about saliva-screening tests that are going to be done, they haven’t...

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Kyla Lee’s column in Vancouver Is Awesome: Police discipline in impaired driving cases must be fair

Recently, reports came out about a New Westminster police officer who was issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition — an administrative penalty under British Columbia’s Motor Vehicle Act — for drinking and driving. Although the officer was off duty at the time she received the prohibition, an investigation was launched under the Police Act, the legislation that governs discipline of police officers in British Columbia. Ultimately, the officer was found guilty of “discreditable conduct.” Where this case gets very interesting is in how the police officer was penalized. The recommendation from the New Westminster Chief Constable was that she be issued a written reprimand and...

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Kyla Lee on the Lynda Steele Show: The provincial government is cracking down on “bad drivers” with inflated insurance rates

On (May 17th) the BC NDP government, announced that following feedback from nearly 35,000 British Columbians, the Government of British Columbia is cracking down on bad drivers. Attorney General David Eby says the responses indicate most British Columbians favour changes that will make insurance more affordable for low-risk drivers and see high-risk drivers pay increased insurance premiums to better reflect the risks they represent.  Here to talk about these changes and what they might mean for you is lawyer Kyla Lee. ...

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Kyla Lee on News 1130: ‘Disturbing’ changes to BC’s impaired driving provisions

While preparing for the federal legalization of marijuana, the provincial government has modified the Motor Vehicle Act to deal with drug-impaired driving. But one lawyer says Victoria is also quietly slipping in changes to the way drinking and driving is dealt with and they take away some of your rights. Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee is concerned about tweaks to the administrative driving prohibition (ADP) which can be handed out when an officer has “reasonable and probable grounds” to believe that a driver’s blood alcohol concentration exceeded the legal limit within three hours of driving, or that the person refused to provide a blood...

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