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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
The number of people charged with cannabis-related crimes in 2017 was the lowest it’s been in 20 years, according to a Statistics Canada survey released June 23.
About 13,768 people in Canada were charged with possession of up to 30g of cannabis in 2017 , according to statistics reported by police to StatsCan. That’s down from 17,720 in 2016 and 25,819 back in 2013. The rate of pot charges in the country has continued to decrease since 2011.Read more
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.