This is a very eye-opening story. I spoke with Jim Bender of Woodstock, Ontario who admits he sold marijuana because his family is financially strapped and he is caring for his 18 year old son Jayden who is severely autistic.
When Jayden turned 18, the family stopped receiving about $1,500 from the Ontario government. That left Bender feeling desperate and he felt he had no other way to earn more money than to sell marijuana.
That ended when he was caught and now faces charges. He may or may not go to jail.
And while some will say that he deserves jail time, I disagree. Because if you put Bender behind bars, then you'll have to incarcerate the politicians and bureaucrats who have yet to figure out that families in these situations are terribly desperate and will do what they can think of to support their family.
The way many of these families are being treated is nothing short of criminal.
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