Pubdate: Sat, 10 Nov 2012
Source: Daily Courier, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012 The Okanagan Valley Group of Newspapers
Author: Mark Billesberger


I see mandatory minimum sentencing of six months in prison has been 
instituted for people in possession of six marijuana plants or more.

This is twice the minimum jail sentence afforded to flashers in 
playgrounds as well as predators who attempt to lure children into 
viewing pornography.

What more evidence do we need to see that Prime Minister Stephen 
Harper and the judicial system have gone completely stark, raving mad?

On Nov. 6, Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize possession 
of up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes.

The potential for huge revenues from this move has been known for 
quite some time, not to mention the blow it will deal to the gangs, 

Our country, on the other hand, seems to be moving in the opposite 
direction. It's like Harper has gone on a complete power trip.

Harper's way of thinking is archaic and downright dangerous.

He wants to sign a deal with China that will put us, our children and 
our grandchildren in a precarious financial situation frought with 
possible lawsuits.

His policies as far as criminality and justice go will accomplish 
nothing more than clog up our courts even more than they already are, 
the end result being more dangerous and violent offenders walking 
away from their charges because their "right to a speedy trial" has 
been violated.

Make no mistake, Harper has to go before our country goes completely 
down the toilet.

Mark Billesberger, Penticton
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