A Canadian judge issued a significant ruling last week when hearing the case of Mario Larouche, 46, who was charged with possession of 30 marijuana plants. Further proving that Canadian politics is on the right track when it comes to legalization, Quebec Judge Pierre Chevalier presented the defendant with his punishment: a fine of $1.30 Canadian.
“We are in a society where people are accused of possession and use of marijuana while more than half the population has already consumed,” Judge Chevalier said. “These are laws that are obsolete and ridiculous. When one is in the presence of laws which would have more than half of the population has a criminal record in Canada… And probably most Crown Attorneys and defense, and perhaps judges—but I will not comment on it.”
You said plenty there, my friend. Let’s hear it for logic and justice over bureaucratic bullshit and decades of fear mongering.
Not that it matters by the Judge’s logic, but Larouche wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill grower/dealer; he was in constant pain suffering from the physical aftereffects of a road accident. As reported by The Chill Bud, Larouche had attempted on multiple occasions to obtain a medical marijuana prescription, but was turned down each time, as doctors are least willing to prescribe MMJ for pain relief—in spite of the overwhelming research and statistical evidence proving its worth as a safer substitute to dangerous prescription drugs.
The prosecution was asking for a $250 fine and 90 days spent in detention for Larouche. Judge Chevalier appeared exasperated by having his court’s time wasted and quickly assigned the $1.30 fine, maligning the idiocy of marijuana laws while clarifying that the fine was $1 with a $0.30 surcharge—in case we thought he was being too harsh. He added that he’s tired of dealing with Canada’s “antiquated and ridiculous” marijuana laws.
“If the accused had met with a responsible doctor, he would probably now have his prescription,” Judge Chevalier said. “Monsieur is in a broken system where it does not give people access to a natural medicine that goes back centuries, millennia. I think that society is becoming less naïve on this subject, or at least the politicians are. We’ve got one now with a responsible attitude who isn’t afraid to go in that direction.”
Chevalier is referring to newly elected Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who made national legalization one of the primary causes of his campaign.
“We have been stagnating in Canada, because politically, people probably weren’t ready for the laws to evolve on this,” Chevalier concluded. “Irresponsible politicians have simply let these things rot because they thought it would lose them votes.”
Rarely does one hear such blatant truth bombs in a verdict, especially when it comes to the political minefield of legalization. If there’s a “Judge of the Month” award, Chevalier wins, as our neighbor to the North just keeps looking better and better.