Canadian MP, Matthew Green, launches petition to expunge non-violent cannabis convictions

Cannabis Daily writes

Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre) has launched a petition calling on Canada’s House of Commons to table legislation that would automatically expunge the criminal records of those with nonviolent cannabis convictions.

The petition notes that even though cannabis was legalized in 2018,

  • Fewer than 1,000 cannabis-related pardons have been granted and approximately 50,000 Canadians still have convictions
  • US states like New York have committed to expunging records and the MORE Act, which was approved by the House (but not the Senate) included a provision to expunge cannabis records
  • Canada’s legal cannabis industry contributes $8 billion to the economy and would not exist without pre-legalization activity

“An act to provide a no-cost, expedited record expungement for nonviolent cannabis convictions is an essential first step for the federal government to recognize the impact of holding criminal records for something that is now legal and disproportionally affects marginalized communities that are trying to move on with their lives,” reads the petition.

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