Criminal Justice System

Down And Dirty With The Criminal Code: A Review of Justice Defiled: Perverts, Potheads, Serial Killers & Lawyers

Alan Young
Lisa Taylor

In 1997, Osgoode Hall professor Alan Young became the first lawyer to challenge Canada's pot prohibition. The law stood, but didn't emerge unscathed - the trial judge stated that marijuana was non-addictive and relatively harmless and that striking down pot laws wouldn't lead to increased consumption. Young declared the prosecution a success, celebrating on the courthouse steps with other pro-pot activists in a cloud of sweet smoke. "In court, we had said that at least 2.5 million Canadians smoke pot," he recounts. "On that day, everyone seemed to be smoking a big doob."


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