Thursday, October 06, 2011

Harper and Co. just inching to throw more of us in jail

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews touted their government's omnibus crime bill Thursday saying it targets the right people while protecting victims and urging its speedy passage...

..More people are expected to be in jail once the changes are enacted due to the introduction of mandatory minimum sentences for some drug crimes, including the possession of more than six marijuana plants. The ministers were asked for more specifics on that provision, such as whether someone having six seedling plants in a window box would qualify them for a jail sentence if convicted.

Oh and, marijuana users are addicts now, don't ya know.

Nicholson said the bill is meant to target drug traffickers, not drug addicts, and that his critics often neglect to mention that the person has to be in possession of the drugs for the purpose of selling them in order to fall under the provision.

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