Ca­na­da will par­don tho­se con­vic­ted of ma­ri­jua­na pos­ses­sion

La Jornada (Canada) - - NEWS -

The Go­vern­ment of Ca­na­da will an­noun­ce the par­don of Ca­na­dians con­vic­ted of pos­ses­sion of ma­ri­jua­na on Wed­nes­day, the day that re­crea­tio­nal can­na­bis con­sum­ption will be le­ga­li­zed th­roug­hout the country.

Ac­cor­ding to me­dia re­ports on Tues­day, the go­vern­ment of Pri­me Mi­nis­ter Jus­tin Tru­deau will par­don in­di­vi­duals con­vic­ted in the past for pos­ses­sion of up to 30 grams of ma­ri­jua­na.

It is es­ti­ma­ted that hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple could be­ne­fit from the mea­su­re.

Tru­deau said Tues­day to ques­tions from jour­na­lists: “We’re going to be wor­king on that as I’ve said, as soon as the day of le­ga­li­za­tion co­mes in­to for­ce.”

For many Ca­na­dians, the cri­mi­nal re­cord of pos­ses­sing ma­ri­jua­na for re­crea­tio­nal use means they can­not tra­vel to the Uni­ted Sta­tes.

A con­vic­tion for pos­ses­sion of ma­ri­jua­na allows US Bor­der Pa­trol agents to pre­vent Ca­na­dian re­si­dents from en­te­ri­ng their country sin­ce Ot­ta­wa sha­res the da­ta­ba­se that con­tains all of Ca­na­da’s cri­mi­nal re­cords with Was­hing­ton.

A spo­kes­per­son for the US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion agency, Todd Owen, said in a te­le­con­fe­ren­ce with Ca­na­dian jour­na­lists that the am­nesty will not gua­ran­tee that peo­ple with cri­mi­nal re­cords of pos­ses­sion of ma­ri­jua­na can en­ter the US te­rri­tory in fu­tu­re.

Owen al­so poin­ted out that simply ad­mit­ting at the bor­der that an in­di­vi­dual has used ma­ri­jua­na at so­me point in his or her li­fe is rea­son enough to pre­vent entry in­to the US.

The re­crea­tio­nal use of ma­ri­jua­na is le­gal in ni­ne US sta­tes, as well as in Was­hing­ton DC.

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