Letter From Canadian Senate Leader on Bill C-15

Here’s a letter I sent to the Leader of the Government in the Senate about bill C-15, and her response.

Dear Senator

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives new Crime Bill, C-15, is based on outdated ideologies that have been proven not to work in the USA and if enacted would result in the imprisonment of thousands of Canadians for something that an earlier Senate Committee concluded should not be a crime. I am sure you are familiar with this report:



“…the Committee concludes that the state of knowledge supports the belief that, for the vast majority of recreational users, cannabis use presents no harmful consequences for physical, psychological or social well-being in either the short or the long term.”

Mandatory minimums for cannabis related “crimes” would be a burden on the Canadian Justice System, and a crime against Canadians. What Canada needs and wants is regulated and taxed marijuana. More than a dozen US states have legalized medical marijuana and 3 have a booming business in marijuana dispensaries, there are more cannabis dispensaries in LA than Starbucks, with no threat to public interest. Currently California Governor Arnold Schwartzenagar is calling for a State debate on full Legalization,and it is only a mater of time before California legalizes, and other States seeing the economic potential will soon follow suite. This is exactly the way prohibition of alcohol fell in the USA. Canada must not be left out of this new and inevitable economy.

The Senate of Canada, in all good conscience and in the best interest of Canadian, can not allow this ideological Bill to pass, and instead has to stand by its own report on the matter at hand.

Chris Bennett

Here is the response from the Office of the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Marjory LeBreton):

Senator LeBreton’s Assistant also sent this C-15 penalties chart (which is actually incorrect: Under ANNEX B in the “Offence” column it should read “Production – 5-200 plants”, as amended in the House).

Chris Bennett
Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett has been researching the historical role of cannabis in magic and religion for over a quarter century, his books include 'Green Gold the tree of Life: Marijuana in Magic and Religion' (1995); 'Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible' (2001); 'Cannabis and the Soma Solution' (2010. He Currently resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where he runs his ethnobotanical shop The Urban Shaman.



  1. Anandamism on

    It’s a pretty common rumour that politicians are just as much into drugs as the rest of us. They like keeping it illegal to remain “elite”, because the thought of some bum in an alley enjoying the same thing they enjoy ruins the decadent magic of the experience for them.

    If we drug-test our politicians the truth and hypocrisy will be exposed and hopefully they’ll have no choice but to rule in favour of legalization.

  2. Anonymous on

    WOW !!
    Is She Stoned !! Sounds like some good shit to me !!

    I wonder if we should demand that ALL people working for the Senate be required to take a weekly drug test for both Legal & Illegal Drugs. Some how I doubt that the bill would clear the Senate. Would be interesting though !!

  3. Anonymous on

    What a bunch of sheep. I wonder if the highly qualified Senate appointees Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin will be voting yes too? That’s right, the country has it’s laws passed by TV journalists now, appointed by that genius Harper. Actually, they probably ARE more qualified than the rest of the Senate members. Maybe they even answer their own mail instead of having Amy Lee Leindecker do it for them. Amy isn’t very well read on the subject and apparently thinks that Cannabis is an amphetamine and produced in labs. Surprise, Leindecker. You’re incompetence has been amply illustrated. You must fit right in with the rest of the government employees, especially the Senators who get paid hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to ignore Canadian citizens and reply to their letters with stupid form letters that ramble on about some other subject.

  4. BadgerBoy on

    This may help in finding what I’m talking about
    ” (b) if the subject matter of the offence is cannabis (marihuana), is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 14 years, and to a minimum punishment of “

  5. BadgerBoy on

    I received the exact same response myself from the 25 or so Senators that I sent a petition too.The strange thing about the accompanying chart on sentencing is the incorrect sentence for 1-5 plants.”3. (1) Paragraphs 7(2)(a) and (b) of the Act are replaced by the following ” followed by a few paragraphs later “(i) imprisonment for a term of six months if the number of plants produced is less than 201 and more than five, and the production is for the purpose of trafficking,”
    As you can see there is a miscommunication of information from the Bill to Office of the Senate.

  6. Anonymous on

    Same old politician trick turn the conversation away from the point and onto your own talking points as was said alredy she didnt lumped in mj with meth to prove her points what a douche

  7. Anonymous on

    Well If this thing passes I hope they have a gigantic pot of money ready to pay for all the hundred of thousands of people that are going to be heading to jail.

  8. Anonymous on

    Sounds like THE GOV”T of CANADA feels threatened by organized crime synicates having more money and followers than the ‘perfect tax law abiding citizen”.

    In Sweden where the model is “less crime less prisons”.

    Following the United State is Canada’s real problem that model/experience/mindset is BOGUS!

  9. Roger Rabbit on

    another one for the archives of drug peace freedom..
    How many if these do you have now ?

  10. Adimus on

    People who support c-15 always ignore what you say to them then just repeat the exact same things over and over again.

    What is the point of telling him that 83% of meth in Australia is from Canada? He was asking about cannabis not meth. If those are the problems then have the bill address them without lumping cannabis in with them.

    This isnt a very good sign for the end of the summer when the senate resumes. Hopefully the members are smarter then the leader. Or at least less ignorant.

  11. Anonymous on

    I find this very funny how they pretty much ignored the main purpose of your message. They did not address anything to do with cannabis and the fact that with this new bill if you are caught growing 5 plants you will serve a minimum of 6 months in jail. I agree that they do need to do something about the gangs, violence and organized crime groups that are making millions of tax free dollars to support their cause. I feel that if this bill passes the decent people who smoke and grow a some cannabis for personal use for both recreational or medicinal use are going to get screwed in the end. Our country has gone from almost decriminalizing to doing a 180 in the opposite direction and the USA has done a 180 and is headed toward full legalization. I wonder when we will finally get some politicians that will do something good for our country; it seems all they do is plunder our money away. As far as I am concerned they are all a bunch of corrupt slime balls.