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Pot pardon legislation doesn’t ‘go far enough'

Pot pardon legislation doesn’t ‘go far enough'

Pot pardon legislation doesn’t ‘go far enough'

Impeding legislation which would grant free pardons for Canadians convicted of simple marijuana possession is a “great start” but could be better, says Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler.

The Liberal government expects Bill C-93 — an amendment to the Criminal Records Act which was tabled in the House of Commons in March — to pass into law this summer.

The legislation, which would waive the $631 fee for a pardon along with the five to 10-year waiting period to apply, follows the legalization of marijuana last fall and is intended to remove barriers to housing, employment or travel for Canadians who have a criminal record for the drug.

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