HEXO Corp gives $10,000 donation to the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty
[Toronto, Ontario] – April 12, 2019: The Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty is proud to announce that HEXO Corp has joined the Campaign as Purple Partners. HEXO has generously donated $10,000 to help us seek justice for those negatively affected by minor cannabis-related criminal records. Cannabis Amnesty is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization working to improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who carry the burden of criminal records relating to simple cannabis possession offences. Without amnesty, these individuals continue to face the negative impacts of a criminal record for engaging in activities that are no longer illegal under Canada’s legal cannabis regime.
HEXO Corp’s VP of Corporate Responsibility, Terry Lake, has provided a strong endorsement of our work.
As a former British Columbia Health Minister I am an ardent supporter of policies that improve public health, including the legalization of a well-regulated cannabis industry. Marginalized and racialized groups have been disproportionately affected by the enforcement of drug prohibition, and many cannabis law reform advocates have been criminalized for activism that paved the way for our legal cannabis industry. Having a criminal record is associated with a range of health and social vulnerabilities that can lead to poorer long-term health. Terry Lake, VP of CSR at HEXO
Upwards of 500,000 Canadians have criminal records related to cannabis possession. As a result of their criminal records, these individuals face increased difficulties in completing their education, securing employment and housing, and travelling to countries such as the United States. Cannabis Amnesty will use the funds provided by HEXO to continue lobbying the government to completely expunge the criminal records of people who were convicted of cannabis-related offences that no longer exist under the legalized cannabis regime.
About Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty
The Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty is a non-partisan, not-for-profit group composed of lawyers, activists, and entrepreneurs brought together by the belief that the harms caused by decades of cannabis prohibition must be made right. We started an online petition platform and will develop education and advocacy resources to help Canadians across the country learn more about the harms caused by cannabis criminalization and what we can do to create a more fair and just national framework for cannabis legalization.
Annamaria Enenajor, Cannabis Amnesty Director firstname.lastname@example.org, 416 964 9664
Tyler James, Community Outreach