Will the Canadian Government Grant Amnesty Once Pot Is Legal?

The federal government of Canada is deep into the particulars of ending cannabis prohibition for the Great White North, with the Standing Committee on Health expected to start its process early, one week before Parliament resumes.

One of the many issues to arise during the legalization process is the topic of amnesty for those with past or pending convictions involving marijuana. This could be for simple possession or the more serious charges of illegal cultivation and trafficking.

Prime Minister Trudeau has hinted in recent months that amnesty for pot possession charges might be a possibility. “We’ll take steps to look at what we can do for those folks who have criminal records for something that would no longer be criminal,” Trudeau said in an interview with Vice in April.

Jack Lloyd is a prominent Toronto lawyer in the cannabis industry who represents a number of clients with pot-related convictions, including Marc and Jodie Emery. Lloyd is also the lawyer responsible for communicating with jailed Zambian/Canadian marijuana activist David Wightman.

“I’m hopeful that the government will consider [granting amnesty] once cannabis is legalized and they see…

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