The crown is appealing the community sentence handed down to a former online marijuana seed dealer from Montreal.
The prosecutor says the 42-year-old man got off too easy. Richard Baghdadlian got two years less a day to be served in the community after pleading guilty to conspiracy to import and export marijuana seeds and inciting marijuana production.
Evidence during the trial revealed his company Heaven’s Stairway made about 3.2-million dollars between 2000 and 2005.
Crown prosecutor François Blanchette argued before the Quebec Court of Appeal this morning that the sentencing judge made an error by not considering that as part of aggravating factors, as well as the astronomical potential generated by pot plants and grow ops. They had asked for a five year sentence.
Baghdadlian’s lawyer Richard Tawil says the judge rightly took into account the global picture and not just the sensational aspects of projected profits or amounts.
“The crown is saying that the sentence isn’t severe enough and I’m objecting because I think it is,” Tawil told CJAD News.
Tawil says his client has since turned the page, leading a quiet, law-abiding life managing a downtown cafe and raising his 7-year-old.