Mitchell Scott Ennis asked to serve out his sentence under house arrest since he is the primary caregiver of his five-year-old daughter.
But Justice Nielsen showed little remorse. He dropped the initial 25-month sentence by ten months, but that’s still over a year behind bars for cannabis. And now a little girl is without a father. How will this experience shape her psyche? The drug war breeds distrust and disrespect for the law.
Despite receiving 55 letters of reference written to vouch for Ennis’ character, and the fact that he was selling medical cannabis for humanitarian reasons, not to mention Liberal legalization on the horizon, Justice Nielsen still decided to punish him.
He said the “trafficking” still had a commercial element as if making money and recouping financial costs is unethical. He also said he needed to base the sentence on current laws. Never mind the ability for him to give an absolute discharge, as many British Columbian judges have done.
Despite an accidental NDP government, Alberta is supposedly more conservative. Therefore, selling medical cannabis edibles goes unnoticed in BC while in Alberta things are different.
If LPs recognize the injustice of this situation, perhaps they’ll work to make amends, as Alberta’s LP Aurora seems so intent on doing. They can start by financing a campaign to appeal this decision and reunite a man and his five-year-old daughter.
In the meantime, why should we respect a political and judicial system where one branch lies to get in power while the other destroys lives for the sake of outdated and racist legislation?
But so it goes in a nation that respects politicians more than entrepreneurs.
Perhaps the chants of “lock them up” are starting to make sense to those who would otherwise disregard this populist anger as uneducated fascism.
The system is rigged, innocent people are thrown in prison alongside rapists, murderers, and thieves. And for what? Selling a good that only others can legally provide?