“Fulfilling the role of a Crown Attorney was extremely enjoyable. I was magically transformed from powerless student to a man who made incredibly important decisions, appeared on a daily basis in court and, best of all, worked with and directed police officers many years my senior. Unlike today’s Crown prosecutors who are closely monitored by upward reporting and political pressure, my decisions were my own. I only spoke to senior prosecutors when I needed advice. There was no decision by committee. Politics and media had very little influence. Life was wonderful. The only disappointment was my social life, most particularly in bars. I thought if word got out that I was a Crown Attorney, it would have a very positive social effect but much to my surprise, Crown Attorneys ranked slightly above used-car salesmen and far below drug dealers.” Hersh Wolch “Tough Crimes”
- THIS IS NOT LEGALIZATION – Possession of small amounts for personal use is all that will not be illegal. For everything else, the penalties will be stricter as the government tries to muscle its way into the industry. “Canadians already know where to get cannabis, and they will continue to obtain it the same ways they always have.”
- INCREASING MAXIMUM SENTENCES – So the government plans to keep more cases in the lower court by increasing the maximum penalty for ‘less serious’ offences to 2 years less a day (which is served in provincial institutions). I don’t know about you but when I think about what that would mean to me if I was sentenced to two years less a day in jail, I’m confident I’d consider it pretty serious.
- MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION – So much is uncertain. What will happen to the present dispensaries? Will they disappear after legalization?
- POTHOLES – “How can you have people found guilty when they are not impaired?” “Unlike alcohol, there are no proven links between THC blood levels and impairment.” “There is also the question of medicinal users, who would typically have elevated THC levels most or all of the time and many veteran dope smokers would be able to drive with undiminished skills at the rookie THC levels proscribed by C-46 because of their body’s greater tolerance.”
- AND NOW THE BRAMPTON COURT – It’s not only the College Park courthouse that is under pressure but also the Brampton Courthouse has problems with drug cases being tried on time…claimed to be lack of resources. “We have a retention problem because our salaries and working conditions are unfavourable compared to our counterparts,” said Ursula Hendel, president of the Association of Justice Counsel, referring to provincial Crown attorneys, who prosecute the bulk of criminal offences in Ontario.”