Mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes in effect

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Someone convicted of growing six or more marijuana plants now faces a minimum sentence of six months in jail under the Safe Streets and Communities Act. (OPP)
Part of the federal government's tough-on-crime agenda is now firmly in place; Mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes are now in effect.

The changes are part of the government's Safe Streets and Communities Act, which passed earlier this year.

Now, someone convicted of growing 6 or more marijuana plants now faces a minimum sentence of 6 months in jail.

For some insight on how these changes will affect the justice system, Daybreak host Shelley Joyce spoke with Cory Armour, a criminal defense lawyer with the Tessmer Law Offices in Kelowna.

He explains how the new laws, and automatic jail time, will change the way he advises his clients.
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