Canadians with criminal records for marijuana offences could be asking for pardons from Ottawa when pot is legalized.
Tens of thousands are charged with possession offences every year, and face significant barriers in travel and work if convicted.
A Simon Fraser University criminologist says the Liberals should pardon Canadians with simple possession convictions
Neil Boyd says pot is going to be treated the same way alcohol or tobacco is, so pardons would be a logical step.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says more discussion is needed on the issue of what is Medicinal and recreational Marijuana
“If we are talking about the legalization of marijuana, not all is going to be medicinal.” say Wynne “We have to make distinctions between a clinic providing medicinal marijuana, and what the recreational distribution is going to be.”
The Federal Liberals promised to “legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana” during this month’s throne speech.
Wynne has suggested that the LCBO could play a part. The Premier says pot should be a controlled substance, and Ontario’s government liquor stores are likely best suited to being a retailer.
A new Forum research poll suggests more young adults would smoke pot if the feds legalize weed. About 39% of people aged 18 thru 34 say they would likely take the drug when legal, while 30 % have reported to have already used it in the past year.