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LAWS 3306
Christopher Mc Naught

Lecture 12 Stuff - CNN, after the fall of the Twin Towers, reported ‘America under siege’ • Repeatedly showed the towers going down Citizen next gold rush, medical marijuana - Ways to approach • Legalization people give connotation of approval to this • California decriminalized marijuana (reduced sentence for it) • All of these remove the stigma of marijuana - Use of medical marijuana has been used for a long time - Some states in the U.S. have approved the use of marijuana - We live in an entrepreneurial part of the world, so people line up in order to get a licence to be a licence grower or distributor - Under Canada’s laws, there has been a regulated usage and growing of marijuana, legally, for medical purposes • Alleviate symptoms of cancer, multiple sclerosis, or severe forms of arthritis • Recently the Health Minister said these provisions should come up under review - In a legal sense, marijuana is not a major issue. Can’t remember last time someone murdered someone or robbed a bank as a result of having smoked marijuana • Recently, there have been studies that recast the tone of the debate.  Raise a few considerations, such as usage of pot in high schools in Ontario is really high, more so than alcohol - In the U.S., criminal law is not federal, such as the use of marijuana (different in each state) • Federally, the U.S. is opposed to marijuana, but each state can decide what laws they want to impose on marijuana Immigration- Bill C-43 - Exile is no longer done, but we are creating a potential if we allow Bill C-43 to go through • ‘faster deportation of foreign criminals act’ - Reduces a threshold... If you were a non-Canadian citizen but lived here for a while, such as a long term immigrant, and were sentenced for a criminal conviction for 2 years or more, then you could automatically be deported - They now want to reduce the prison sentence required to deport these people to 6 months!!! • So, someone who had been here 30 years and suddenly comes to possess 6 marijuana plants, and faces 6 months in jail is the same as someone who has committed a B&E or has committed rape. • We are deporting people to a country where they most likely have never been to, or have been in Canada so long that they don’t even remember their country. • Won’t speak the language, no home, no employment. - This bill is worrisome... “Canada should not be deported long-term residents without independent consideration of not only the offense but also to the individual’s connection to Canada and the real impact of deportation” Other - On the Middle East: • In reality, we were inactive, because if we wanted to clamp down on war crimes, “the proper way to approach the Taliban is to treat them for what they are: the front-line shock troops of a grimly determined extremist and fanatical substitute of the Pakistani military. Why would you even talk to the proxy? Talk to the masters. Talk to the Pakistanis.” - On China: • We are all hypocrites now. Mr. Harper is zipping around the globe trying to get China to deal with us. China is in the news all the time, and usually the human rights records of it pop up. But this apparently won’t dissuade us. Tough on crime and a leader of human rights Harper is still seeking trade with them. • “Though far removed from the psychosis of Maoism, the Chinese regime remains among the world’s more brutal dictatorships with a record of torture, imprisonment without trial, and persecution of minorities and shames the senses even without the steamrolling of Tibet. We are arguably signaling our acquiescence and if not approval of this behavior by continuing to seek trade with them” • Lectures of human rights will most likely have no impact on Chinese authorities. If we boycott their products, it won’t matter. We choose to trade with China because “that’s where the money is” - Apartheid in SouthAfrica we cut off trade with them... But we don’t boycott anything from China • People who were non-white
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