Campaign for cannabis amnesty

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With the legalization of cannabis, the federal government is now looking at an amnesty program for people charged with possession. Joining Roger is Stephanie DiGuiseppe, director of the campaign for cannabis amnesty to talk more about this news.

Canadians convicted of simple cannabis possession will soon be able to apply for a pardon

Published in the Globe & Mail on October 16, 2018

Canadians convicted of possessing under 30 grams of cannabis will soon be able to file a formal application for a pardon, federal officials say.

The government has also decided not to embark on a more complex process of clearing all criminal records proactively, according to the officials. Earlier this year, Ottawa did enact legislation to expunge the records of Canadian men who were criminally convicted when homosexual acts were a crime.


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Get to Know the Speaker – Part 1: Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

Posted by TEDxToronto on October 16, 2018

Over the past 10 years, TEDxToronto has been proud to host some of the most innovative, intellectual and inspiring individuals, all sharing their expertise on a wide range of topics. With this year’s theme, IDENTITY, we decided to give everyone an inside look into some of the upcoming TEDxToronto 2018 speakers.

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The NDP Is Tabling a Bill Calling for Weed Amnesty

Published in Vice on October 3, 2018

New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling for the federal government to expunge the criminal records of all Canadians convicted of nonviolent weed crimes.

Singh, alongside his party’s Justice Critic Murray Rankin and lawyer Annamaria Enenajor, announced the NDP will soon be tabling a bill calling for weed amnesty.

“The legislation asks to delete the record for anyone that’s faced possession of a personal nature,” Singh told reporters on Parliament Hill earlier today.

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Federal NDP will table bill to grant amnesty to Canadians with cannabis possession records

Published in the Toronto Star on October 3, 2018

CALGARY—Murray Rankin, the federal NDP’s justice critic, will soon table a private member’s bill calling for the expungement of cannabis possession charges from Canadians’ criminal records.

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the announcement alongside the MP from Victoria, B.C., as well as Annamaria Enenajor, campaign director of the Campaign For Cannabis Amnesty, at Parliament Hill on Wednesday. He said the bill — if passed — would “delete the record for anyone that’s faced possession (charges) of a personal nature.” This would cover charges removed from the Criminal Code under the Cannabis Act.

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BC cannabis company joins fight for criminal pardons

Published in the Daily Hive on October 2, 2018

DOJA is the latest licensed producer to team up with Cannabis Amnesty, a not-for-profit organization petitioning the government to expunge the records of Canadians who have been convicted of cannabis possession.

PARDON is a new campaign that supports Cannabis Amnesty by selling clothing and accessories that will go towards funding the initiative and bringing attention to the effort.

As many as 500,000 Canadians are living with a criminal record due to cannabis possession in quantities that will no longer be illegal as of October 17.

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'Cruel and overly punitive': Experts say Manitoba's fine for growing pot at home misses the mark

Published in CBC on September 15, 2018

Some experts are raising concerns about recently announced fines for people found growing cannabis following legalization in Manitoba, which one group calls overly punitive and a legal expert says may leave the province open to a constitutional challenge.

This week, the province published a list of fines for offences under provincial cannabis rules to apply following legalization of recreational cannabis.

According to the list, the fine for people found growing the plant at home, supplying it to an underage person or selling it without a licence will be $2,542.

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Machine Learning: Using the Technology of the Future to Right the Injustices of the Past

Cannabis legalization is fast approaching in Canada and although the federal government has indicated a willingness to clear the criminal records of people convicted of minor cannabis-related offences, no firm plan to achieve this goal has been put in place.  As such, the fate of the 500,000 or so Canadians with cannabis possession records hangs in the balance.

The Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty has been leading the drive to secure pardons for those affected by cannabis prohibition. We know that the war on drugs has disproportionately targeted Indigenous, racialized and otherwise marginalized Canadians. Many members of these communities have been saddled with a criminal record that impedes their life chances and the life chances of those around them.

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Cannabis Activist On Drug Prosecution: 'This Is A War On Peaceful People'

Published in Benzinga on August 18, 2018

Three panelists at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference discussed the role of social justice in the marijuana industry on Friday in Toronto.

Despite their diverse experiences and personal exposure to cannabis, each panelist had one theme in common: the consumption of cannabis doesn't harm, but instead stimulates and motivates. Each speaker gave reasons why they believe the drug should be more accepted and respected on all fronts.

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Do women really need their own weed?

Published in the Globe & Mail on August 17, 2018

In 1968, at the swell of the Women’s Lib era, Benson & Hedges launched Virginia Slims cigarettes with a catchy slogan: “You’ve come a long way, baby.” The suggestion was that a slim smoke made specifically for women was a required accessory to independence, a way to signal to society and women themselves that they were not just deserving of equality, but ready to seize it.


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