PM wraps cabi­net re­treat with hint of pot par­dons to come af­ter le­gal­iza­tion

The Western Star - - CANADA -

LON­DON, Ont. — Cana­di­ans con­victed of sim­ple mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion will have to wait un­til recre­ational pot is le­gal­ized later this year be­fore learn­ing if they’ll be par­doned for some­thing that will no longer be a crime. Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau ruled out Fri­day declar­ing an amnesty be­fore the new law goes into ef­fect in July.

``We rec­og­nize that any­one who is cur­rently pur­chas­ing mar­i­juana is participating in il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity that is fund­ing crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions and street gangs,’’ he told a news con­fer­ence wrap­ping up a two-day cabi­net re­treat. Trudeau hinted that an amnesty could be de­clared once the law is en­acted, al­though he did not specif­i­cally com­mit to one.

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