Article by Ken Kelley and James McClure, Civilized
Canada’s new cannabis laws will move the country away from the long, disastrous era of marijuana prohibition. But one holdover from that dark past remains: cannabis convictions.
The Cannabis Act did not include any measures to pardon current cannabis offenders or expunge criminal records of cannabis-related convictions. But Henry Rollins hopes to change that. The legendary punk rocker says if he had 30 seconds of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s time, he would beg Trudeau to show mercy to cannabis offenders.
“I would flat out beg him to do it,” Rollins told Civilized.
He added that while cannabis advocates celebrate the end of prohibition, seeing legalization become law will be a painful experience for those who are still doing time.
“Imagine being someone that was put in prison for something that’s no longer illegal. These are nonviolent crimes. I don’t necessarily think everyone that goes to jail is an angel, but can they be rehabilitated? Sure.”