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I support jury nullification
Poll ended at May 22nd, 2014, 12:50 pm
Yes 17%  17%  [ 1 ]
No 83%  83%  [ 5 ]
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PostPosted: April 22nd, 2014, 12:50 pm 
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A video introduction to jury nullification.
The True Duty of a Jury: http://youtu.be/l7nqdV7wV2k

Or take a look on wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_nullification

Jury nullification occurs in a trial when a jury acquits a defendant, even though the members of the jury believe the defendant to be guilty of the charges. This may occur when members of the jury disagree with the law the defendant has been charged with breaking, or believe that the law should not be applied in that particular case.

I suspect this is how cannabis will ultimately be legalised. Jury nullification allows people to legalise things without any appeal to politicians. Pretty powerful, eh?

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 Post subject: Re: Jury Nullification
PostPosted: April 22nd, 2014, 3:23 pm 
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ashleyjohnston wrote:
I suspect this is how cannabis will ultimately be legalised. Jury nullification allows people to legalise things without any appeal to politicians. Pretty powerful, eh?


Didn't view links, but I'm quite certain legalization of cannibis will occur with supreme court of a province (for that province) or supreme court of Canada. There will be no jurors to legalize weed.

Jurors don't change laws.


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balkoth wrote:
ashleyjohnston wrote:
I suspect this is how cannabis will ultimately be legalised. Jury nullification allows people to legalise things without any appeal to politicians. Pretty powerful, eh?


Didn't view links, but I'm quite certain legalization of cannibis will occur with supreme court of a province (for that province) or supreme court of Canada. There will be no jurors to legalize weed.

Jurors don't change laws.

In all but the narrowest sense Jurors can change laws. View the links then get back to me.

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While I'm no fan of big government and it's horde of regulators, doesn't it come down to this -

Shall 'the law' be that which is enacted by the representatives of the people through due process, or determined by what any twelve individuals, who happen to be the jury on that day and for that specific case, are inclined to think?

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The laws on weed will change when the majority of Canadians demand it which they haven't as of yet.

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Ex-racer wrote:
While I'm no fan of big government and it's horde of regulators, doesn't it come down to this -

Shall 'the law' be that which is enacted by the representatives of the people through due process, or determined by what any twelve individuals, who happen to be the jury on that day and for that specific case, are inclined to think?

Ed

Not whatever they think, but no more punitive than what they agree upon.

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During Prohibition, juries often nullified alcohol control laws,[8] possibly as often as 60% of the time because of disagreements with the justice of the law.[9] This resistance is considered to have contributed to the adoption of the Twenty-first amendment repealing the Eighteenth amendment which established Prohibition.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_null ... ted_States

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The Law You Won't Be Told: http://youtu.be/uqH_Y1TupoQ

This a more even treatment of jury nullification.

And another note is the movie 'A Time to Kill' was all about jury nullification though it never said the phrase. If I remember the story correctly both juries nullified.

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 Post subject: Re: Jury Nullification
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greenspree wrote:
The laws on weed will change when the majority of Canadians demand it which they haven't as of yet.

Oh but they have
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Majority of Canadians Would Legalize Marijuana, But Not Other Drugs
Apr 15, 2010 - Angus Reid Strategies - Global Monitor
"53% of Canadians support the legalization of marijuana"May 13, 2008
June 28, 2007 - Angus Reid Global Monitor Download Complete Poll (PDF)

"55% of Canadians support legalization of marijuana"

This law will be null and void i predict in the courts of jurors. We need a public education campaign.

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