Drop Punishment for Cannabis Users
The Trudeau government has announced that cannabis will be legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018, but even after that date, thousands of Canadians will continue to suffer until amnesty legislation is passed.
Over a half-million Canadians have criminal records for simply possessing cannabis. These convictions make it nearly impossible for them to find meaningful work, volunteer and travel. No Canadian should be burdened with a criminal record for a minor, non-harmful act that will no longer be a crime.
Trudeau has indicated that he would be open to pardons for cannabis-possession offences, but has made no commitments.
Our voices could be the difference.
We are asking our government to act now and issue blanket pardons to all individuals for the offence of simple possession of cannabis.
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Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty Petition
We, the undersigned residents of Canada draw the attention of the House to the following:
Criminal convictions relating to simple cannabis possession have devastating consequences for Canadians. They restrict Canadians from travelling to the United States, reduce access to housing and prevent participation in communities through volunteering and meaningful employment. Moreover, the discriminatory way in which cannabis offences have been historically policed means that the enforcement of cannabis-related offences has disproportionately targeted racialized and marginalized Canadians – the most vulnerable members of our society.
No Canadian should be burdened with a criminal record for a minor, non-harmful act that will no longer be a crime.
We call upon Parliament to immediately enact legislation that grants pardons to all individuals for the offence of simple possession of cannabis.