Mandatory Minimum Sentences

The Coming Decision in R. v. Pham – Mandatory Minimums for Growing 500 or More Marijuana Plants

The Coming Decision in R. v. Pham – Mandatory Minimums for Growing 500 or More Marijuana Plants

Thursday September 1 marks the release of a decision in R. v. Pham on growing more than 500 marijuana plants, mandatory minimum sentences and the Charter. Mandatory minimum sentences often violate the Charter because of their disproportionate response to a social issue. This case is no different.