In September 2014, I commented on the harsh sentences Ontario Courts have been handing out for trafficking in synthetic opiates. (See: What are the sentences for Possession and Trafficking of Fentanyl in Ottawa & Ontario.)

The Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed the harsh sentencing range in November 2014.  In R. v. Barham, [2014] O.J. No. 5404,  the Court of Appeal stated:

As for the second ground of appeal, contrary to the appellant’s contention, the 12-month sentence for the hydromorphone offence is not harsh and excessive. Hydromorphone is a synthetic heroin substitute and is as serious a drug as heroin. Trafficking in heroin, even small amounts, will attract penitentiary time.

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