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Manitoba’s New Cannabis Laws & Entry To The U.S.

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Can receiving a fine under Manitoba’s new pot laws affect entry into the United States? Technically, no a fine under MB new pot laws shouldn’t affect U S entry eligibility. BUT, having been ticketed and fined for violating the new pot laws could in some circumstances complicate U.S. border crossing. Manitoba’s Marijuana Laws Receiving a fine…

New Road Side Saliva Testing for Cannabis & Other Drugs

Cannabis Road Side Saliva Check DUI for Weed Winnipeg Manitoba

With legalization rapidly approaching Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has approved a new roadside test to check for drugs. The Draeger DrugTest 5000 will be the first saliva screening equipment to be used by Canadian law enforcement to test for illicit drug use while driving. Police forces are still able to choose the testing equipment they…

Does Robert Latimer Deserve a Criminal Pardon For Murder?

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Robert Latimer, a man convicted of second degree murder, is seeking a criminal pardon. Does Robert Latimer Deserve a Criminal Pardon For Murder? On Oct. 24, 1993, Robert Latimer, a grain farmer from Wilkie, Saskatchewan, gassed his severely disabled daughter Tracy to death with the exhaust from his pickup truck. Eventually, after a series of trials and…

Criminal Record Check: Non-Conviction Charges May Appear



The information disclosed on a Criminal Record Check may not always be the same depending on the type of Record Check you are having completed. Recently we have seen an example of this confusing situation. A bi-yearly work-related criminal record check for a Winnipeg resident that has always came back “clean” for over a decade, recently came…

Quick Guide To Marijuana Regulations in Canada

Quick Guide To Canadas Marijuana Sales And Regulations

On October 17th sparking up a joint will be legal. Smoking weed and sales of weed will be regulated just like, or in some cases, even more so than alcohol. Canadian pot smokers already use 4 times the world average and it’s not unusual to see someone smoking weed at an outdoor music festival or…

Bitcoin and Border Crossing

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Crypto-currencies like Bitcoin were created not only as a means of storing wealth outside fiat currencies, but also a means of ensuring privacy when making financial transactions. This prompted a search to answer the question: What happens when you cross the border into the United States with your e-wallet? We know that you must declare…

Why Should I Apply For a Pardon Now?

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Historically, putting off applying for a pardon/record suspension can be costly. Back in 2012 the Conservative government increased wait times to 5 years for summary offenses and 10 years for an indictable offense. If you became eligible to make a pardon application prior to 2012, but didn’t apply for a pardon before the laws changed, you now had to…

BC & Ontario Pardon Eligibility Wait Times Reduced



Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has vowed to overhaul ‘punitive’ elements of the criminal pardons system. B.C .and Ontario residents with offences prior to 2012 have had their pardon eligibility wait times for summary and indictable offences reduced to three and five years respectively. These were the eligibility waiting periods pre-Bill C-10. That’s down from five and ten…

Record Suspensions for DUI & Driving Over .08

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In Canada, when someone refers to a ‘DUI’ they are typically talking about a criminal charge for either Operating Under the Influence, or Driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol per 100 ml of blood (more commonly known as having a Blood Alcohol Content more than 0.08). A pardon, or record suspension, will seal…

Record Suspension Processing Fee $631 – Is It Fair?



While as many as 10% of Canadians have a criminal record, most were convicted of minor crimes. Although their crimes didn’t make the news, the effect of having a criminal record extends their punishment well after their sentence is complete. Is The Cost of a Pardon/Record Suspension Preventing People from Applying? The Parole Board of Canada asked…