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Who we are

Cannabis Amnesty is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to righting the wrongs caused by decades of cannabis criminalization in Canada. It was founded in April 2018, in response to the government’s failure to address the serious consequences of convictions for cannabis crimes that are widely accepted to be unjust.

What we do

From influencing legislation to educating the public, Cannabis Amnesty works to create real change.

Our push for legislative reform in 2019 led to the creation of expedited pardons for simple cannabis possession. Our public education campaigns tell the truth of how cannabis prohibition disproportionally harmed—and continues to harm—Black and Indigenous communities. Our partnerships with industry leaders challenge the stigma of cannabis convictions, dismantle the barriers to economic opportunity and champion equity within the industry.

In 2022, we will be launching a series of new initiatives aimed at reducing the barriers faced by individuals with historical cannabis convictions. While the rest of Canada enjoys the benefits of legalization, we continue to fight for an estimated 500,000 Canadians who still live with the scars of prohibition. Join us in our fight.