14 Years for Selling Pot to Youth? Lawyers Say Punishments Under Liberal Pot Bill Ludicrous

Under the Trudeau government’s pot bill, anyone who shares a joint with a kid brother could end up sharing a prison cell with a terrorist.

Bill C-45 would make the giving or selling of cannabis to any person under the age of 18 a new criminal offence punishable by up to 14 years in jail, a sentence in line with facilitating a terrorist activity, threatening to commit a nuclear offence, bribing a judge, child luring, recklessly discharging a firearm, aggravated assault, torture and human trafficking.

It’s one of several proposed punishments legal and social policy experts say are ludicrously harsh and disproportionately target youth — the very people Justin Trudeau says his marijuana legislation was designed to protect.

“Everything is going to be good once cannabis is legal? No, it’s not,” the University of Toronto’s Akwasi Owusu-Bempah said at a recent conference at McGill University on the legalization of recreational weed. “The penalties for providing or trafficking cannabis to youth are going to be very strict,” he said, and where do most kids get their pot? Not from “dealers” lurking in school playgrounds or other scary images some Liberals have conjured. “They’re probably buying off their peers.”

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