A 25-year-old Nova Scotia transgender man has escaped a jail sentence because of his unique personal circumstances.
Jesiah MacDonald was convicted on one charge of producing marijuana earlier this year. MacDonald told the court he wanted to use the money from the marijuana to pay for a sex change operation. He also relies on marijuana to ease pain related to a medical condition.
A conviction usually comes with jail time for a first offence but Justice Nick Scaravelli opted for a year’s probation and a $1,000 fine, saying: “I am satisfied there are unusual circumstances in the present case. I do not doubt that changing one’s gender identity is a life-altering and difficult process.”