Even though I don’t smoke pot, I do believe people have the right to do so without having to worry about the police arresting them.
Needless to say, I find laws against possession and/or use of drugs ridiculous and unneccessary- especially laws against Marijuana.
So… when I saw this article in the Vancouver Sun– it really got me thinking.
Here’s the opening paragraph:
Former Marijuana Party candidate Marc Boyer has been sentenced to three months in jail after pleading guilty in Vancouver Provincial Court to possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Considering this is his FOURTH conviction- one would really expect, in the states at least, to hear about a long, long, long jail sentence- years and years and years.
But they only gave him three months.
And, honestly, that seems about right.
Even after hearing this part:
The officers had gone to the park on another matter but could smell marijuana and found a small group of people sitting in the park smoking.
Boyer was seen trying to conceal something and police found 16 marijuana cigarettes under his leg. He was arrested and searched and just over one pound of marijuana was found on him packaged, as if for sale, along with $965 in cash.
The court was told that Boyer’s cellphone rang and one of the officers answered the call which was from a person asking for drugs to be delivered.
Police found pamphlets on Boyer advertising home delivery of marijuana and giving the number of his cellphone.
Truth is: we really could learn a few lessons from our northern neighbors.
Specifically, we could do with some schooling on the definition of tolerance:
a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.