Will Criminal Records for Pot Convictions Be Expunged After Legalization?

Article by Ben Waldman, Macleans.ca via CityNews

You’re out of luck—at least for now.

In January, the Trudeau government squashed hopes for exploring amnesty on possession charges until after the federal government’s legalization framework is instituted. A few months later, an NDP motion to pardon all cannabis offences that won’t be against the law post-legalization failed when the Liberals voted against it.

“That’s not an item that’s on the agenda at the moment,” said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in May.

In 2016, 58 per cent of all police-reported charges related to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (about 55,000) were related to cannabis, and of those offences, roughly three-quarters were for possession. As of 2014, at least 500,000 Canadians had been charged with possession.

But until cannabis is legal, the idea of expungement isn’t really on the table, says Simon Fraser University criminology professor Neil Boyd.

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