Hundreds of drug cases before Canadian courts could be affected by a mistake made by the federal government when it updated Canada’s drug laws and legalized cannabis several years ago, CBC has learned.
The government and police are downplaying the potential impact of the error. They maintain it has not affected any drug investigations and say they are not aware of it affecting any cases before the courts.
At the heart of the problem are regulations designed to protect police officers who are required to commit crimes in the course of undercover investigations. Exemptions were adopted in the late 1990s to protect police from criminal liability when they are required to
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