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  • Post Time Posted October 18, 2018
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the process for Canadians to obtain criminal pardons for past simple pot possessions will be free and fast. 

According to Goodale, legislation is coming this fall to waive the fee and any waiting periods for Canadians who apply for a pardon for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana. Previously, that amount of marijuana on a person could have be punishable with a fine of $1,000 and six months in jail. 

Goodale also made it clear the government does not support outright destroying the records completely. The pardon, or record suspension, will mean the criminal record in question will be kept strictly separate from other records and may be disclosed only in certain circumstances. 

Although the pardon does not erase the record completely, it can make it easier to get a job, travel, and generally contribute to society. 

Under the current system, individuals are eligible to apply to the Parole Board of Canada for a record suspension for simple pot possession five years after completion of their sentence. The cost for the current process sits at $631 to apply.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/19/car-crashes-up-states-legal-marijuana-studies-show/1693567002/

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