Reasonable Doubt: The folly of Canada’s get-tough-on-crime stance, Part 1

The tough stance our current government takes with criminal justice means that people who aren’t violent and not a danger to society may end up spending inordinate amounts of time in jail. For example, in 2007 and again in 2009, the Harper government announced its intention to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and impose a mandatory two-year jail term for those convicted of running a marijuana grow operation with 500 plants or more. This hasn’t happened yet but if and when it does, this amendment does not take into consideration the profile of a typical accused person charged with production of marijuana.