A clause in the Liberals’ marijuana legalization bill that would have seen Canadians face prosecution if their marijuana plants grew taller than one metre was dropped by the Commons health committee Tuesday.
The provision had been criticized as arbitrary, and a potential headache for both growers and police.
A leaked report from Ontario’s police and corrections ministry, for example, pointed out that “people could be criminalized for small amounts of overproduction” under the rule.
NDP MP Don Davies called the one-metre rule “very difficult to enforce … Cultivators might break the law simply by providing fertilizer and water and going away for a week’s vacation.”
It would have been worth paying attention — as the law was originally written, people who let their plants get too tall faced up to 14 years in prison, at least on paper.
A limit of four plants per household will remain.
“I don’t think we want the police officers of this nation to be walking around with metre sticks attached to their holsters, going into Canadians’ houses and measuring plants to see if they’re 99 or 101 centimetres,” Davies said.