Civil rights groups are worried that parts of the Liberal government’s recent recreational marijuana bill will give police sweeping new powers to combat impaired driving that will violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ protections against unreasonable searches.
Announced last week, the legislation includes an overhaul of existing impaired driving provisions.
“These sort of discretionary no-rule powers are disproportionately employed on marginalized groups, on racialized groups, on minorities and on the poor,” criminal lawyer Michael Spratt told CTV News. “And that is dangerous.”
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