Man who stabbed woman and child is allowed to argue cannabis intoxication as defence

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Calgarian John Yag, who randomly stabbed a mother and her young child, can argue his self-induced intoxication from marijuana consumption made him unable to appreciate the consequences of his actions, a judge ruled Friday. Justice Robert Hall, in a written decision, rejected suggestions by Crown prosecutor Vicki Faulkner that there was no “air of reality” to the suggestion extreme intoxication was what led to Yag’s attacks. And the Court of Queen’s Bench judge went on to declare a section of the Criminal Code which prohibits self-induced intoxication as a defence unconstitutional. The judge agreed with defence counsel Andrea Urquhart there was evidence to suggest Yag may have been so high on marijuana that he acted involuntarily at the time he attacked his two victims.