Judge Throws the Book at a Kind, Hard-Working Man Behind Marijuana Grow-op

Why would a judge imprison for nine months “a kind, hard-working” 52-year-old rancher who is remorseful for growing marijuana to cover his family’s medical and other bills?

At a time when two American states allow possession and are creating retail distribution systems for pot, when four former B.C. attorneys general are calling for legalization, this sentence seems draconian.

More to the point, the B.C. Supreme Court justice gave short shrift to the fundamental principle that judges should avoid incarceration whenever possible, particularly for first-time offenders.

That’s primarily why disgraced ex-Mountie Monty Robinson received a conditional sentence for obstruction of justice in connection with the death of 21-year-old motorcyclist Orion Hutchinson.

In reasons released Monday, however, Justice Jeanne Watchuk said Jamie Ray Laird didn’t deserve a similar break.

He was jailed to deter organized criminals from Vancouver moving to the Cariboo to grow pot, although he bears little resemblance to such menaces.

– Read the entire article at the Vancouver Sun.



  1. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    Judges and politicians beware because if you get cancer or some other serious illness or if you can’t tolerate alcohol well and want to avoid prescription pharmaceuticals and simply use cannabis, you’ll regret how difficult you’ve made it. If you get cancer, you could benefit from cannabis. If you can’t tolerate alcohol well and come to prefer cannabis, you’ll finally realize it’s always different when it’s you. You can be a hardass on other people, but when it’s you you’ll be begging for mercy from the Lord or the government or from whomever.