Canadian Judge Fines Man $1 For Possessing Marijuana Plants

Mario Larouche, unable to secure a prescription for medical marijuana, resorted to growing 30 plants himself.

Larouche, a resident of the province of Quebec, was charged with possessing the plants, and lawyers for the province requested a sentence of $250 and 90 days in jail. Quebec Judge Pierre Chevalier, however, delivered a more lenient sentence of just a $1 fine plus 30 cent surcharge.

In explaining his sentence, the Judge welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan to legalize and regulate marijuana, remarking on the ubiquitousness of cannabis in Canadian society, as well as the archaic laws governing possession of the plant.

He also suggested the current laws, if fully enforced, would result in criminal records for more than half the population - including government lawyers and "perhaps judges."

"We are in a society where people are accused of possession and use of marijuana while more than half the population has already consumed. These are laws that are obsolete and ridiculous." (translated from La Presse article by Google Translate)

h/t La Presse
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