Federal NDP will table bill to grant amnesty to Canadians facing cannabis charges

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Federal NDP will table bill to grant amnesty to Canadians facing cannabis charges


CALGARY—Murray Rankin, the federal NDP’s justice critic, will table a private member’s bill calling for the expungement of cannabis possession charges from Canadians’ criminal records.

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the announcement alongside the Victoria, B.C. MP, as well as Annamaria Enenajor, campaign director of the Campaign For Cannabis Amnesty, at Parliament Hill on Wednesday.

He said the bill — if passed — would “delete the record for anyone that’s faced possession (charges) of a personal nature.”

“This is a bold step forward that would provide justice for Canadians that will continue to be punished for something that will be legal,” Singh said.

The federal Liberals have not said whether they would grant amnesty to Canadians with personal cannabis possession charges, despite calls for them to do so.

A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told The Canadian Press last week that Ottawa will examine “how to make things fairer for Canadians who have been previously convicted for minor possession offences” once cannabis has been legalized.

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