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Molis v R, [1980] 2 SCR 356


M made MDMA in a lab. When started making it, it was not a prohibited drug. Regulation changed and now it is


Is it a defence to argue that although you were wrong about state of law you were duly diligent in trying to obtain knowledge of it? NO


Neither ignorance of the law or mistake of law are defences
**There may be some limited defence of mistake of law = lack of knowledge of an unpublished (in Gazette) regulations (cant be punished for an unpublished regulation


M was ignorant of the content of a regulation. If a person is going to be involved in an activity that requires specialized knowledge – then that person is required to obtain that special knowledge


M did not have a valid defence


We are presumed to know the laws published in the Gazette

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