Friday, 4 April 2008

Gordon Brown thinks smoking pot is worse than raping someone

The maximum penalty for possession of cannabis is five years. Considering that dealing is a separate offence (and, I think, you get automatically upgraded to dealing if you're holding a certain amount - anyone know if this is true?), that means you can do five years in jail for carrying a single person's supply of cannabis. What's that - a half?

The maximum sentence for rape is life imprisonment - however, the average sentence seems to be about four years.

That means that, according to one person at least, holding a few spliffs' worth of pot is worse than the typical rape.

Great moral compass, eh?


Jonny Wright said...

You're not comparing like with like here. You're comparing the *maximum* sentence for cannabis against the *average* sentence for rape (where did you get the 4 year figure from?). Most people that are caught holding a small quantity of cannabis don't get a custodial sentence at all.

sanbikinoraion said...

No, but they *could* get a sentence. How much cannabis do you have to hold before it becomes worse than raping someone, eh?