On January 12, Bill Small was in court in Sechelt, British Columbia, to plead guilty to charges of cultivation resulting from a raid in the nearby town of Roberts Creek. Small was growing marijuana to provide patients of Vancouver?s Compassion Club with medicine. Small?s lawyer, Peter Durovich, asked that sentencing be remanded to a Vancouver court, so that members of the Vancouver Compassion Club could testify as to Small?s motives, and how Small?s work has improved their lives. The Department of Justice (DOJ) denied Durovich?s request.
?The DOJ says no because they think that Vancouver judges have become too cynical of pot laws and are giving light sentences,? says Durovich.
Small will be in court again on March 27 to face separate charges of cultivation stemming from a raid on his residence in West Sechelt, where he was also growing medical marijuana.