Ontario’s Supreme Court has ruled a funeral service cannot be used to promote or encourage illegal drugs in the province.
The ruling was issued in a case involving a Toronto funeral home, which used a funeral director to promote a service, which was deemed illegal by the province’s Narcotics Control Regulations.
It was not immediately clear how the court will rule in future cases.
In 2015, Ontario made it mandatory for all funeral homes in the country to use a licensed funeral director in order to ensure they follow the Narcotics Act.
But it was unclear how the ruling would apply to other funeral homes, and what the court’s ruling might mean for other funeral directors.
At issue in the case is the use of a funeral by-product in the service.
A court ruling could impact the use by other funeral home directors, such as funeral directors in rural communities, who would have to follow the rules in the future, the Star reported.
More from the Star: The court found the funeral home had not followed all of the regulations and did not follow the same standards as a funeral parlor.
Its only conclusion was that the director’s actions were not sufficiently similar to the funeral director’s and the director was entitled to apply for and receive a dispensation from the coroner, the newspaper reported.