Cannabis Amnesty welcomes Liberal government's promise of pardons, but says they require "four central features"

Without expungement, individuals convicted of possession remain vulnerable to having their convictions reinstated
The Georgia Straight (Canada)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The half-million Canadians with criminal records for cannabis possession received some encouraging news. Four Liberal cabinet ministers held a news conference to announce that the government is bringing in legislation to expedite pardons for those who were busted with amounts of 30 grams or less. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters that the intention is to remove the stigma of criminal records for simple possession, which will make it easier for people to find housing, employment, and volunteer in their community. (See also: Pardons for past cannabis crimes have major limitations, and there's no simple fix | NDP introduce a private member's bill calling for cannabis amnesty)