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Canada Is Pardoning People with Certain Marijuana Convictions

Cannabis Pardon
Canada has implemented a new online system for citizens wishing to obtain pardons for low-level marijuana convictions.

Under the law, applicants can pursue an expedited record suspension for low-level marijuana possession convictions involving up to 30 grams of marijuana, NORML reported. For unknown reasons, applicants must wait a few years after the conviction before applying for a pardon.

“Providing free, immediate access to pardons will allow those with criminal records for simple possession of cannabis to move forward with their lives, making it easier to get a job, an education, rent an apartment or volunteer in their community,” said Canadian Justice Minister David Lametti.

The new policy imposes no fees for those seeking pardons for marijuana convictions.

The Canadian government’s website states that a marijuana-related pardon “sets aside” a past criminal conviction.

Canada legalized recreational marijuana possession and use in October of 2018.