Canadian Government Could Pardon 500,000 Canadians With Small Pot Convictions

Canada is only the second country in the world to make it legal to smoke and have small amounts of marijuana in their possession, the move was part of campaign promise by the Liberal government and took affect on October 17, 2018.

But many questions remain on the people convicted and have a criminal record for smoking marijuana in the past.

Reports say more than 500,000 people in Canada have a criminal record for smoking pot, all could be eligible for a pardon.

Once suspects get arrested for pot offences it takes at least a year to be eligible for a pardon, the Trudeau government doesn’t have a plan or law in place yet to issue mass pardons at this time.

The process will have to go through legislation and will take some time, it’s disappointing for people already arrested and charged when no plan for pot pardons has yet been drafted.


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