'No-cost, expedited pardons' for simple cannabis possession could be coming soon

Feb 28 2019, 4:08 am

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced that he will be introducing a bill that would provide “no-cost,” expedited pardons for those convicted of cannabis possession.

Goodale, the Member of Parliament for Regina—Wascana in Saskatchewan, took to Twitter to make the announcement on Wednesday.

See also

“Later today,” he writes, “I will give notice to introduce a bill to provide no-cost, expedited pardons for simple possession of cannabis.”

According to Statistics Canada, almost 48,000 cannabis-related drug offences were reported to police in 2017. A total of 80%, or more than 38,000, of these charges were for “possession offences.”

Peter SmithPeter Smith

+ Grow
+ News & Policy