A new Globe and Mail/Nanos Research poll has found that 62% of Canadians support pardons for those with criminal records stemming from marijuana possession.
This clear majority only amplifies the call from lawyers, activists, and other politicians who have been vocal about the issue for some time now. The collective argument for amnesty states that upholding old criminal records for what will be a legal product would be unjustified.
The closest the Canadian Prime Minister has come to acknowledging the idea of amnesty was in a recent interview with Vice News, where he stated the feds will “take steps to look at what we can do for those folks who have criminal records for something that would no longer be criminal.”
This recent poll further strengthens previous research done on the topic of cannabis possession and criminality, including a report from the C.D. Howe Institute in Canada. Their presentation cited that significant government resources will be freed up if Trudeau’s Liberals drop charges from those arrested for simple possession.
Possession charges are not in the small numbers either. Police reported that in 2015, there were 49,000 people charged with…