Cannabis Amnesty Key Facts

Here are some key facts about cannabis prohibition that moved us to take up the fight.

We demand justice, fairness and equality for all.


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Why Ottawa should prioritize pardons for simple pot possession

With the legalization of recreational cannabis coming, Ottawa should move quickly to expunge the criminal records of Canadians with simple cannabis possession conviction on their records, says Annamaria Enenajor, director of the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty and partner at Ruby Shiller & Enenajor Barristers.

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Where is amnesty in the federal government's plan to legalize cannabis?

Toronto lawyer Annamaria Enenajor has launched a campaign urging the government to "right history's wrongs" by expunging personal possession charges

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Canada plans to legalize weed – but will those convicted of crimes get amnesty?

Activists argue that without amnesty, many from marginalized communities will continue to feel the effects of outdated laws

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Cannabis Legalization and the Need for Amnesty

Research and analysis conducted by Prof. Owusu-Bempah & Alex Luscombe

The legalization of cannabis is a move forward for our country and sends a positive message to the rest of the world about a changing tide in the global war on drugs. Our current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, rose to power in 2015 with legalization as a key feature of his election campaign. Having personally admitted to smoking cannabis while sitting as an MP, Trudeau’s messaging clearly resonated amongst a Canadian population with its own fondness for the drug; 1 in 10 Canadians aged fifteen and over admitted to using cannabis in 2012.

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In the News

Read all about it! Coast-to-coast coverage of cannabis amnesty.

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Additional Resources

Investigating Pot Laws

Other links

C. D. Howe Institute Policy Paper on Marijuana Policy

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