Fewer Than 400 People Pardoned Under New System For Erasing Old Cannabis Convictions

Article by Patrick Cain, CTV News

About 20 months after the federal government unveiled a program aimed at erasing Canadians’ prohibition-era records for cannabis possession, fewer than 400 people have successfully been pardoned, the Parole Board of Canada said.

As of March 1, officials have granted 395 record suspensions, or pardons, under the program, or more or less one per working day since it started on August 1, 2019. Another 251 have been rejected “due to ineligibility or incompleteness,” the Parole Board of Canada said.

Canadians with criminal records, including those related to cannabis, have always been able to ask for pardons if they were eligible (generally, the less serious the crime, the sooner you can ask to be pardoned). The process costs $644 to apply.

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