‘Pardon Truck’ Rolls Across Canada, Calling for Cannabis Crime Expungement

Article by CBC News

'Pardon truck' rolls across Canada, calling for cannabis crime expungement Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn 'We're really trying to help all those people move forward with their life,' advocate says CBC News David Duarte, experiential event manager with DOJA, said people convicted of marijuana possession have a hard time finding a job and volunteering. (Elissa Carpenter/CBC) A national campaign created by DOJA and Cannabis Amnesty was in Calgary. (Elissa Carpenter/CBC) Staff at the pardon truck were collecting signatures from Calgarians to support the complete expungement of criminal records for people convicted of marijuana possession. (Elissa Carpenter/CBC)

Parked on a busy corner is what looks like a food truck.

Instead of selling poutine or perogies, the people inside are trying to sell the idea of the complete expungement of criminal records for people convicted of cannabis possession.

The federal government recently announced its plan earlier this month to waive the fee and 10-year waiting period required for a pardon for Canadians who were convicted of pot possession before the drug was legalized last fall.

The fast, free pardons are expected by summer, if the bill passes. An estimated 400,000 Canada have criminal records for simple possession.

But for some, pardons aren’t not enough.

B.C.-based cannabis company DOJA recently partnered with Cannabis Amnesty to create what they call “the pardon truck.” They’re travelling around much of Canada, this week arriving in Calgary.

They’re asking Canadians to sign a petition for complete expungement instead of a pardon.

A pardon forgives a past offence, while an expungement removes the record entirely.

David Duarte, experiential event manager with DOJA, said during his time working on the campaign, he’s already met people who have been personally affected by minor cannabis convictions.

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