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Proposed pot law too harsh on young people, lawyer argues

The federal government’s plan to legalize pot could land an 18-year-old in jail for sharing a joint with a slightly younger friend, according to an Ottawa criminal lawyer who submitted his concerns to a House of Commons committee.

“This bill doesn’t distinguish between a criminal selling illicit marijuana to a high school kid, and an 18-year-old who passes a joint to their 17-year-old friend,” said Michael Spratt, a partner at the law firm Abergel Goldstein and Partners.

“That person could face 14 years in jail.”

Read the full article: CBC News

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