Almost Two Years On, Only 395 People Have Been Pardoned Under Program Meant To Clear Cannabis Possession Records

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Open more share options Breadcrumb Trail Links News Life Legalization Almost two years on, only 395 people have been pardoned under program meant to clear weed possession records Pardons increased from 265 to 395 in past six months. Author of the article :Angela Stelmakowich Ottawa had originally estimated that 10,000 Canadians “could be eligible for a record suspension for simple possession of cannabis.” / PHOTO BY LEKSANDR_KRAVTSOV / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS

Fewer than 400 people have successfully been pardoned for cannabis possession offences despite a new federal program introduced almost two years ago that was aimed at doing precisely that.

Citing figures from the Parole Board of Canada (PBC), CTV News reports that officials have granted 395 pardons under the program up until Mar. 21, 2021. More people have applied for pardons — 251 more, in fact — but these have been rejected for reasons ranging from ineligibility to incompleteness, according to the PBC.

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