The Pivot Legal Society says the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear the case of a Downtown Eastside drug addict, sentenced under the mandatory minimum regime brought in by the Conservative Government.
A Provincial Court judge found the one-year mandatory minimum sentence for Joseph Lloyd was cruel and unusual punishment, but that decision was overturned by the BC Court of Appeal and his jail time was increased.
Now the Supreme Court of Canada will determine if the sentence violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Lloyd was caught by police with less than 10 grams of heroin, crack cocaine, and crystal meth.
He told the court he was addicted to all three.