Socio-political evolution

Quebec Superior Court, Feb 10/03
After being stopped for suspected impaired driving, and before being searched, Charles Jean spontaneously handed over to police seven grams of marijuana he was carrying. Jean pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and was fined $100.

Jean appealed his conviction, arguing that the trial judge had not taken into account the socio-political and legal evolution of the treatment of marijuana possession.

The appeal court agreed that there had been public, judicial, and political recognition that marijuana was at the lower end of the hierarchy of harmful drugs. An unconditional discharge was substituted for the conviction.