Saturday, December 5, 2009

Eric Sterling's comments on bill C-15

Eric Sterling is a member of the advisory board for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and he is also president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. On October 28th, he testified by videoconference before the Canadian Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. It was in regards to bill C-15 which proposed a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in jail for as little as six marijuana plants.

The committee hearings are over now, but his testimony still raises some good points, namely:

1) The manner in which mandatory minimum sentences dilute the impact of law enforcement resources.

2) The inability of drug courts to scale to demand.

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