R v Wakabayashi

R v Wakabayashi

Rex v Wakabayashi, [1928] 39 BCR 310
Ichizo Wakabayashi pled guilty to selling cocaine and morphine without an appropriate license, and received three years imprisonment. He then initiated habeas corpus proceedings to challenge this sentence, arguing that the Opium and Narcotics Act, 1923, ch. 22, was ultra vires the Dominion Parliament. Justice W.A. Macdonald declared that the Act was “within the competence of the Dominion Parliament,” and refused Wakabayashi’s application for release.
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R v Wakabayashi


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Source: British Columbia Supreme Court. British Columbia Reports. 1928.


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