The Vancouver Police department is working overtime – not fighting crime, unfortunately – but doing their best to make sure Bill C-15 becomes Canadian law.
Mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana “crimes” means BIG money for the police/prison-industrial complex and these guys are really working hard for their next paycheques:
Vancouver police fear watering down of pot growing law
By Gerry Bellett, Vancouver Sun
A Senate amendment that would soften a bill designed to impose mandatory sentences on people illegally growing marijuana will likely result in the proliferation of smaller growing operations, says the head of the Vancouver police department’s anti-gang and drug section.
Insp. Brad Desmarais said the department opposes an amendment of Bill C-15 by the Senate’s committee on legal and constitutional affairs that removed the section imposing a minimum sentence of nine months on anyone found guilty of growing fewer than 200 plants. […]
Desmarais said the motive behind all illegal marijuana growing operations is profit.
“If they remove the minimum sentencing for grow ops under 200 plants then they will, without a doubt, create a huge industry where we will see a proliferation of grows with 199 plants because there will be less penalty,” he said.
“Criminals constantly operate on a cost/benefit analysis — 199 plants will still constitute a viable commercial option. I suspect if this amendment passes we will see even more manifestly unsafe grows occurring.
Police departments and the RCMP have been using PR teams to shape public drug policy to their benefit for years – sending out press releases, holding news conferences and doing interviews with reporters who are too happy to publish their comments with little criticism or alternative viewpoint.
A bunch of C-grade students who couldn’t do anything but become a cop are telling us how we’re supposed to live our lives and what is right and wrong here. Totally insane, and completely beyond their scope.
Of course they want prohibition – they want the gang violence, they have to have this to expand their ranks, to get more big trucks, to get more big guns, more smashing machines.