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Penalties to double for growing marijuana
    #1549126 - 05/14/03 09:24 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

http://www.canada.com/search/story.aspx?id=01027e6e-16f0-48de-9d81-45eaedfcf590

Penalties to double for growing marijuana
Cauchon to brief U.S. government on proposals

Rick Mofina and David Vienneau
The Ottawa Citizen; with files from Global News



The federal government plans to double the maximum penalty for anyone convicted of growing marijuana for the purposes of trafficking.

"For illegal growers the maximum penalty will be 14 years," a source told Global television yesterday. "It's going to be tougher, a lot tougher. There is also going to be an education strategy and an enforcement strategy, a guideline for police."

That's the tough line Justice Minister Martin Cauchon took to Washington in a bid to convince the Bush administration that growing, distributing and trafficking in marijuana will still be a serious crime in Canada. The Bush administration has warned of border snarls should Canada decriminalize simple possession of marijuana by making it a ticketable offence, much like a traffic violation without taking a tougher line of growers and traffickers.

The proposed law is expected to be tabled in the House of Commons tomorrow, although officials were still working on the finishing touches last night.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the federal government has occasionally exchanged views on security legislation with U.S. counterparts.

"We're modernizing the sentences for marijuana," said Prime Minister Jean Chr?tien.

Mr. Cauchon was to brief U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft in Washington last night.

The Opposition portrayed the Liberals as bending to the U.S. before Parliament had seen the legislation.

"Why this contempt of Parliament?" asked NDP MP Bill Blaikie.

"We cannot table something that does not exist," Mr. Chr?tien replied.

Speaker Peter Milliken said he found no breach of parliamentary privilege in the matter.

Mr. Chr?tien said Mr. Cauchon would explain Canada's plans to change marijuana laws, which, he said, will be similar to the laws in some American states.

"So the minister's going there, he will explain that," Mr. Chr?tien said. "It is important to communicate when people ask questions."

Mr. Cauchon denied the new law sent a message the country was tolerant of drug abuse.

"Not at all. We want to make sure we put in place better penalties that we will be able to enforce," he said. Mr. Cauchon added that the government wants "to send a better message, as well, that the use of cannabis is illegal in Canada."



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Re: Penalties to double for growing marijuana [Re: motaman]
    #1549250 - 05/14/03 10:19 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Imagine spending 14 years of your life getting, beaten and raped, just for growing a few plants. That is longer than some rapist go away for.


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Re: Penalties to double for growing marijuana [Re: Hans_Moleman]
    #1549363 - 05/14/03 11:02 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

I know... you're right. Isn't this fucking madness ever going to subside...


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Re: Penalties to double for growing marijuana [Re: the free thinker]
    #1550092 - 05/15/03 03:37 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

no shit


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Re: Penalties to double for growing marijuana [Re: Hans_Moleman]
    #1550137 - 05/15/03 04:08 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

People should start kidnapping public officials and keeping them in their basement for 14 years.


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