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e-3974 (Justice)

Initiated by Claudia Palacios from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • More than three years after the legalization of cannabis in Canada, less than 1,000 cannabis-related pardons have been granted;
  • Approximately fifty thousand Canadians are still struggling with pre-legalization nonviolent cannabis possession charges, heavily limiting their abilities to find employment, housing, volunteer or travel;
  • Jurisdictions, such as New York, have implemented an automatic expungement process to those convicted of pre-legalization possessions and providing them with the first opportunity to open cannabis dispensaries and brands;
  • The U.S. House of representatives approved the MORE Act to remove cannabis from the federal Controlled Substance Act and establish an expungement process for prior federal cannabis convictions;
  • The cannabis industry now generates more than $8 billion for the Canadian economy and was built up by those currently incarcerated, with prior convictions preventing them from working in the legalized recreational and medicinal industries, and continues to unfairly discriminate those with minor infractions; and
  • An act to provide a no-cost, expedited record expungement for nonviolent cannabis convictions is an essential first step for the federal government to recognize the impact of holding criminal records for something that is now legal and disproportionally affects marginalized communities that are trying to move on with their lives.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to immediately table legislation to provide an automatic expungement to all Canadians living with nonviolent cannabis convictions.
Open for signature
April 19, 2022, at 4:29 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 19, 2022, at 4:29 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Matthew Green
Hamilton Centre
New Democratic Party Caucus
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