Current & Curious: Chewing on joint positions

Tina DeSousa imported "khat" (Catha edulis Forsk) into Canada.  She had a suitcase full of it - 34 kilos worth about $17,000 on the street.  She was charged and pleaded guilty to importing it contrary to section 6 of the CDSA.  There was a joint position of a conditional jail sentence.  The judge imposed an absolute discharge.  The Crown appealed.  The Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal: 2012 ONCA 254.

Interesting - although not really the subject of this post - the judge became fixated on two things.  First, the judge offered his "wisdom" on the legislation commenting that he found it "very difficult to understand why this stuff's against the law" [para 6]. 

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