Why Haven’t More Canadians Applied For Pot Pardons?

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NEWS Why haven't more Canadians applied for pot pardons? Only 118 individuals have been pardoned for cannabis-related convictions since legalization By Emma Spears Photo: Pixabay

The federal government passed legislation to deliver free, efficient pardons for minor cannabis charges four months ago. But despite estimates that approximately 10,000 Canadians qualify for an expedited pardon, only 118 individuals have been pardoned so far, and Public Safety Canada stats indicate that there have been just 234 applications.

The fee to apply for a pardon, which used to cost $631 to apply, was removed when Bill C-93 came into force this summer, along with the mandated waiting period of five to 10 years that was formerly deemed necessary to file an application.

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