Only 77 people have applied to have their cannabis charges expunged in Canada and just 44 have been successfully pardoned, according to a Global News report. Some 250,000 Canadians are believed to have a low-level possession charge in the nation but some were charged under a generic drug possession charge and it’s unknown whether the offense is specific to cannabis.
The government has launched a website to help people streamline the expungement process which outlines four or five steps to getting rid of a record; military veterans have the added step of obtaining their conduct sheet. Everyone who applies must also get a copy of the record, which often must be obtained in person and might be hard to find if the case is several years old. Applicants must also have their fingerprints taken and send them to Ottawa, which Toronto lawyer Caryma Sa’d said could cost “at least a couple hundred dollars.”
“Assuming their situation transpired before records are as digitized as they are now, it’s possible that a pardon could actually put them on the electronic map so when they’re crossing the border, this thing that otherwise would have been buried in the back of a file cabinet somewhere is now present, and it’s evident that there was a pardon for something, where otherwise it may not have had consequences.” – Sa’d, to Global News
Parole Board spokesperson Iulia Pescarus Popa indicated that the rest of the applications “are either under investigation” or were filed “incomplete or ineligible.” Individuals with a criminal record for other offenses are not eligible under the program.
Canada’s federal legalization of cannabis did not include broad expungement provisions.
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TG is a journalist by trade and has covered cannabis industry news for Ganjapreneur.com since 2014. He teaches media studies at an upstate New York university and is also the host of the Ganjapreneur Podcast.
政府推出了一个网站，帮助人们简化驱逐程序，其中列出了四到五个步骤，以摆脱记录；退伍军人有更多的步骤获得他们的行为表。申请的每个人还必须得到一份记录的副本，这份记录通常必须亲自取得，而且可能很难找到案件是否已有几年的历史。申请人还必须拿到指纹，然后将指纹送到渥太华，多伦多的律师 Caryma Sa 说这至少要花几百美元。
“假设他们的情况发生在记录数字化之前，就像现在一样，有可能赦免将他们实际放在电子地图上，这样当他们穿越边境时，这件事本来会埋在某个地方的文件柜后面，很明显，对某些事情有一种赦免，否则就不会产生后果。”– Sa ’ d , to Global News
Parole 董事会发言人 Iulia Pescarus Popa 表示，其余申请“要么正在调查中”，要么提交“不完整或不符合条件”。有其他犯罪记录的个人没有资格参加该项目。
TG 是一名贸易记者，为 Ganjaprender 报道了大麻行业的新闻。自2014年以来。他在纽约北部的一所大学教授媒体研究，也是甘贾丁·庞德斯特的主持人。