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Lawyer warns cannabis bill is constitutionally flawed and harmful

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 09:28 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

An Ottawa defence counsel says the federal government’s decision not to fully decriminalize cannabis possession will exacerbate court costs and delays, while disproportionately harming young, racialized and poor members of society.

Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLPOn Sept. 11, Michael Spratt, a partner at Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP who often testifies on criminal justice policy reform in Parliament, told the Commons Health Committee that the proposed Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) also has constitutional problems and some of its policy choices verge on absurdity....