The rabble podcast network offers an alternative take on politics, entertainment, society, stories, community and life in general. All opinions belong to the podcaster; however, podcasters are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new podcasters -- contact us for details.

More mandatory minimums for drugs, more jail time for women

You may have received the message in the mail. With a stark photo of a needle next to an empty swing in a playground, the Tories play on fear. Their message seems simple and tempting. Getting tough is the way to deal with drugs.

Bill C-15 is their latest incarnation of this Tough on Crime approach. One of the main things in Bill C-15 is more mandatory minimums for possessing drugs, including growing as few as 5 marijuana plants.

Backed with a moral and ideological agenda, the reality of these get tough approaches has a particularly harsh impact on women.

To help us explore Bill-C15 and the this kind of drug policy has on women Stark Raven speaks with Susan Boyd.

Susan is a activist, researcher and writer on drug policy. She is a professor at the University of Victoria with a special interest on the gendered implications of drug policy.

In response to the Harper governments tough on crime measures, Susan wrote a letter a week for 52 weeks to Stephen Harper and documented them at www.educatingharper.com.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.