Cannabis Culture News LIVE: The Conservatives’ Ominous Omnibus Crime Bill

CANNABIS CULTURE – Watch Cannabis Culture News LIVE for the latest news and views on pot politics and the marijuana community. In this episode: The Conservative government of Canada has reintroduced nine crime bills as one ominous piece of legislation called Bill C-10. We dissect the bill and discuss the details with Beyond Prohibition Executive Director Kirk Tousaw.

The Conservatives have promised to pass Bill C-10, known as the Safe Streets and Communities Act, within 100 days. And with their majority of seats in the House of Commons, they’re expected to get their way. The new proposal contains the bill formerly known as S-10, which includes mandatory minimum sentences for minor marijuana offences.

Kirk Tousaw, cannabis activist, attorney and Executive Director of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation, joins CCN host Jeremiah Vandermeer to talk about the Harper government’s crime legislation and the impact it will have on Canadians.

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On the show:

Mounties in B.C., Across Canada Launch Grow-op Website

UK Liberal Democrats Overwhelmingly Back Overhaul of Drug Laws

Conservatives Reintroduce Dangerous and Costly Crime Legislation

Bill C-10

How Liberals Should Reframe Crime Bills

Liberal Party’s ‘5 reasons to oppose the omnibus crime bill’

Canadian Justice Weasel Rob Nicholson Evades Questions About Costs of Conservative Crime Bill

Omnibus Crime Bill Drawing Heavy Fire

Marijuana Growers to Face More Jail Than Child Rapists Under Harper’s New Omnibus Bill

Costly Crime Bill Sure to Intensify Justice System’s Problems

Sweeping Conservative crime bill only ‘the beginning’

Jeremiah Vandermeer is editor of Cannabis Culture. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.



  1. Anonymous on

    Granny bakes brownies to save her lungs some abuse. Granny gets several months MMS despite her severe disabilities and dies in prison shortly thereafter due to lack of access to effective medication and generally giving up on life after what her own government did to her. Harper and Nicholson are then guilty of murder and elder abuse. How constitutional is that? This is a realistic scenario that could easily happen.

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    MMS are generally inconsistent with the fundamental principle that a sentence must be proportionate to the gravity of the offence and the degree of responsibility of the offender,(2) as they do not allow a judge to make any exception in an appropriate case. However, this does not necessarily mean that an MMS is unconstitutional. An MMS constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, if it is possible for the MMS, in a specific matter or reasonable hypothetical case, to be “grossly disproportionate,” given the gravity of the offence or the personal circumstances of the offender.

    By way of example, the Supreme Court of Canada concluded in 1987 that an MMS of seven years for importing or exporting a narcotic constituted cruel and unusual punishment because it failed to take into account the nature and quantity of the substance, the reason for the offence, or the absence of any previous convictions.(3) The applicable provision was accordingly struck down. Conversely, the current MMS of four years for criminal negligence causing death, where a firearm is used, was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2000 on the basis that such an offence necessarily involves wanton and reckless disregard for life and safety.(4)

  3. Anonymous on

    “An unjust law is no law at all.”—St. Augustine of Hippo

    “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.”—Henry David Thoreau

    “…noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    “In any civilized society, it is every citizen’s responsibility to obey just laws. But at the same time, it is every citizen’s responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    “The willingness to accept the penalty for breaking the unjust law is what makes civil disobedience a moral act and not merely an act of law-breaking.”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”—Bishop Desmond Tutu

    “An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.”—Mohandas Gandhi

    “I am here to . . . submit cheerfully to the highest penalty that can be inflicted upon me for what in law is a deliberate crime and what appears to me to be the highest duty of a citizen.”—Mohandas Gandhi

    “There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.”—Henry David Thoreau

    Fuck Harper

  4. Anonymous on

    Now that the Conservatives have been given carte blanche by the Canadian people (those who bothered to vote), we’ll see their true colors. It didn’t take long for them to start the lunacy. First thing on the agenda; set back the justice system a hundred years and bankrupt the country in the process. Nice start, huh? Who needs judges to make decisions based on the facts of each case when Harper and Nicholson clearly know better than the judges, all the experts and the entire Canadian Bar Association? Canada is just brimming with extra money, so may as well throw a bunch of it away. Now that nobody can reign the Conservatives in, their insanity is free to fully express itself. By the next election, Canadians will be between a rock and a brick. They’ll know the the Cons have already doomed the country to bankruptcy and saddled thousands of young Canadians to prison records fore the rest of their lives, so they won’t want to let that continue, but what choice will they have? The other Parties are completely hopeless, apparently. What can they do? Nothing. Not a damn thing. Be careful what you wish for, Conservative sympathizers.