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

Published in the Guardian on May 8, 2018 

Activists argue that without amnesty, many from marginalized communities will continue to feel the effects of outdated laws

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New campaign calls for marijuana possession convictions to go up in smoke

Published by CBC on May 5, 2018

A group of Toronto lawyers, activists and entrepreneurs launched a petition Friday calling on the federal government to grant amnesty to people convicted of simple cannabis possession charges.

"If the federal government is going to legalize cannabis, then it doesn't make any sense for these convictions to stay on people's records," said criminal defence lawyer Annamaria Enenajor, the director of the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty.

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Global Marijuana March calls for pot possession pardons, level playing field for entrepreneurs

Published in the CBC on May 5, 2018

With pot on the verge of being legalized, dozens of marijuana entrepreneurs gathered in Queen's Park on Saturday to demand a level playing field for all in the industry.

Saturday's Global Marijuana March was also aimed at persuading the government to pass an amnesty bill that would provide for pardons for those with criminal records related to pot possession offences.

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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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