Senate Committee amends, passes C-15, 9 months for 1 plant in a home still applies

The Senate Constitutional and Legal Affairs committee today voted to remove under 201 plants from C-15’s mandatory minimum sentencing provisions, so long as the production occurs outside of residential areas and in properties owned by the grower.

Let me be clear:

If you produce 1 plant in a residential neighbourhood, C-15 still prescribes a 9 month sentence.
If you produce 1 plant in a rented property, C-15 still prescribes a 9 month sentence.
If you produce 1 plant in a house that you own, C-15 still prescribes a 9 month sentence.

If you produce 200 plants on a farm that you own, C-15 does not apply.

Unfortunately, the Committee was missing the two most prominent critics of C-15 during the clause-by-clause debate today, and were unable to propose ammendments to remove 1-201 plants in residential or rented properties.

This was a victory today, but a small one, that primarily effects rural areas, leaving urban areas under the thumb of these ridiculous mandatory minimum sentences.

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  7. From the 70s on

    What is contempt of the Senate ?

    Its one thing to pass a law based on facts and another if its not based on facts. This makes me really mad.

    In Washington State, the number one cash crop is US domestically grown marijuana. There are many sources of this info and here is one:

    At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_drug_trade


    Most of the high grade cannabis sold in the U.S. is grown in hidden grow operations indoors. The number one producer is California with an annual revenue of nearly 14 billion dollars in production, Washington state is second with 8 billion in production, Tennessee is third with nearly 5 billion in production, Kentucky is fourth with around 4.5 billion, Hawaii is fifth with close to 4 billion, [14]

    Yet the RCMP criminologist, Mr. Darryl Plecas, Director, Centre for Criminal Justice Research, University of the Fraser Valley testified to the Committee this:


    I have also looked extensively at what goes on at least in Washington State, our neighbour. When you think about it, what is different from growing something indoors in British Columbia as opposed to growing it indoors in the United States? The houses are not entirely unalike. They could do that. For the 10 years we were studying them, they had virtually no grows in Washington State and virtually no hydroponic shops associated with grows, and here we have thousands of them.

    Wow, he says none, its their NUMBER ONE CASH CROP and according to wikipedia, its worth 8 billion. Mr Plecas was also the author of the RCMP report on pot grows that claimed the same thing, that is the RCMP report that is used to justify mandatory minimum sentences. When it was released in 2002 or the year after, they busted 2/3rd the pot plants in Washington State compared to BC.

    He didn’t tell the Senators that either. Do you think a Judge inh a cout of law would think that’s ok ? I don’t think so (I am an engineer and we cannot make it up or we go to jail).

    How can we allow such misinformation make laws like Bill C-15 ? Is this contempt of the Senate not to tell them that marijuana is Washington State’s TOP CASH CROP ?

    If this is their expertise, then is this not LYING ?

    This is not right to allow this in Canada. I think we have to start arresting those who do not tell us the truth. The RCMP tell us lots of well documented lies for about 10 years now, BILL C-15 is the result. It worked for them.

    Political Police = Police State.

  8. Anonymous on

    Why does Harper want to drag us kicking and screaming back to the stone age? He’s got to stop using his fundamentalist religious beliefs to govern our country and to appoint his lackeys.

    I just thank the Ganja Gods that I own my own little farm!

    Does that 200 plant limit include clones?

    I wouldn’t want to go to jail. It’s gonna be a lot more crowded in there.

    Can you imagine all the little grows that the cops know about but haven’t bothered with because they’re not worth the effort?

    There’s a lot of low hanging fruit out there just waiting to be picked and the cops will have free reign to harvest their crop.

    A sad state of affairs for Canada and a big leap backwards for common sense in government.

    I’m ashamed to be a Canadian for the first time in fifty-five years.

    F*** YOU HARPER! And the horse’s ass you’ve shown yourself to be!

  9. Anonymous on

    Why does Harper want to drag us kicking and screaming back to the stone age? He’s got to stop using his fundamentalist religious beliefs to govern our country and to appoint his lackeys.

    I just thank the Ganja Gods that I own my own little farm!

    Does that 200 plant limit include clones?

    I wouldn’t want to go to jail. It’s gonna be a lot more crowded in there.

    Can you imagine all the little grows that the cops know about but haven’t bothered with because they’re not worth the effort?

    There’s a lot of low hanging fruit out there just waiting to be picked and the cops will have free reign to harvest their crop.

    A sad state of affairs for Canada and a big leap backwards for common sense in government.

    I’m ashamed to be a Canadian for the first time in fifty-five years.

    F*** YOU HARPER! And the horse’s ass you’ve shown yourself to be!

  10. Anonymous on

    I think that marijuana consumers need to ALL band together. I thing that every pot smoker should grow one plant in the us and canada and we should all pick a date to turn ourselves in to flood there war on marijuana . We need to demand that they lock us all up or leave us the fuck alone! Freedom Forall