The Tories on Pot: Cheech and Chong Were Never This Silly

These guys were geniuses compared to Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party (and anyone else who supports Bill C-15).These guys were geniuses compared to Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party (and anyone else who supports Bill C-15).The media have had very little to say about Bill C-15, a federal Conservative bill currently working its way through Parliament. This legislation will require that everyone convicted of growing a single marijuana plant or more must spend a minimum of six months in jail.

The last decade of cannabis cultivation convictions in our province clearly shows that if this mandatory minimum is implemented, there will be close to a 50 per cent increase in the provincial jail population, just to house those who cultivate cannabis. The projected annual bill for the province for housing these cultivators will be $114 million, and that’s not even counting the capital costs required for the construction of the additional prison cells that will be needed. I trust that Gordon Campbell and the Liberals are, at least behind closed doors, lobbying against this rather significant drain on the provincial purse. If Stephen Harper and the Conservatives want to lock up everyone who grows a marijuana plant, why don’t they make the minimum penalty 2 years imprisonment in a federal prison? At least that would make the federal government financially accountable for its folly.

Let’s acknowledge that there are features of some large scale marijuana grow operations that deserve a strong rebuke: the theft of electricity, the exposure of children to toxic moulds, and the presence of guns or other weapons at the site of a grow. Penalize these activities, not the growing of cannabis itself — this activity can be engaged in safely, without risk to children, or the surrounding community.

At the end of the day, however, using the criminal law against cannabis is wholly counter-productive. It’s criminalization that causes theft of electricity, violence in the cannabis trade, exposure to toxic moulds, and provides folks who are sometimes mindless thugs with millions of dollars in untaxed income. There’s no evidence that cannabis use results in anything close to the death toll produced by alcohol and tobacco, even when current — and projected future — rates of use are taken into account.

Marijuana use by consenting adults is a public health issue, not a moral problem. And those who choose to use it, or grow for their own needs, should not be treated as criminals. In a more sane world, the drug would be taxed and regulated. In a more sane world the financially reckless proposals of Stephen Harper and the Conservatives would be regarded as considerably more silly than the antics of Cheech and Chong.

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  1. farmer Joe on

    no, its not an error, one plant = 6 months and no the ReformaTories are not doing this out of stupidity.
    They are just doing to help their rich and powerfulfriends who stand to loose big if cannabis is legalized. Also prohibtion is generally wonderfull for the fascist police state Harper has planned for Canada.

  2. Anonymous on

    is that an error? i thaught they ammended the bill 5 plants and over u get 6 months?

  3. Anonymous on

    The Tories:Best allies of pot growers?If a special house is built to lock up all the found guilty cultivators of +1 marijuana plant think of all the opportunities offered:
    Growers exchanging precious grow informations,grow tips,best strains available,what grows best where,brainstorming sessions,forging new alliances,sharing material resources,making plans for the future.Bringing together people who share a common passion: growing marijuana.That’s the way to go and when all those growers are out we’ll see a much greener Canada which is exactly what Harper wants !
    A pro pot organization could for instance send 1 cannabis seed to each and every Canadian household and ask people to grow it. The incentive being a $$$$ prize for the best plant grown.
    Also, I believe Liberals have voted in favor of C-15 and in that respect Ignatieff is certainly not any better than Harper.

  4. TAS on

    I just dont get it? I work, i pay all my tax to my government.Iam non-violent and i smoke weed.I grow my own so i dont buy off the black market.How is putting me in jail going to help make Canada safe? Safe from what, a hardworking tax paying weed smoker?So be it lets make it 2 yrs and the feds can pay!

  5. DonkOner on

    This Bill C-15 is just another black cloud hovering over the cannabis culture. We as a community need to come together and stop the passing of this Bill. I think its about silly that they are going to give a person 6+ for growing one or more plants.. all this can cause is more money out of us the tax payers pockets to put us the pot smokers/growers in jail. dose that not sound a bit off to you aswell? This cant go threw. Because if it dose.. its all downhill from there.

    FREE MARC EMERY!

  6. Conservofascists on

    Canadians really need to wake up and get rid of Harper and his brownshirted goons… these guys are one step away from rounding up pot smokers and putting us in Concentration Camps.