According to Cannabis Stats Hub for the period 2006 to 2017, there were 10,265 charges in Nova Scotia under the Cannabis Act, for possession of cannabis. Even if half those charges were repeat offenders, it does not take into consideration the thousands of offences that would have taken place prior to 2006. So it’s safe to assume, there will be thousands in Nova Scotia who will become eligible for pardons under the new Cannabis Act.
There were over 350 thousand charges across Canada for that same time period, with Nova Scotia only accounting for 2.93% of the national average. Go Scotia!
Also worth mentioning, Nova Scotia consumes more cannabis than any other province in Canada. However, we have one of the lowest rates in the country for drug impaired driving. Way to set an example on both accounts!
Fast – Free Pardons: The Liberal government tabled Bill C-93, in the House of Commons March 1, to amend the Criminal Records Act (CRA) and break down barriers to employment, housing or travel for Canadians with a criminal record for cannabis. They are hoping this bill will become a law by summer.
The normal fee of $631 for a pardon will be waived under the bill. The five-10 year waiting period to apply for a pardon will also be waived.
So what exactly is a pardon anyway? A pardon is the only way to clear your criminal record in Canada and make sure it doesn’t show up in background checks run by employers.
What are the main reasons for a pardon:
- Career Advancement: Ability to be bonded.
- Childcare: For custody of children, or childcare.
- Many Law/Health Careers have zero tolerance for criminal records.
- In case the law Changes: It is possible the pardon process could be discontinued.
Who will be pardoned?
In October, 2018, the Canadian Press reported, an unnamed senior Canadian official confirmed the government of Canada will grant pardons to those with a “simple possession” charge, provided they had less than 30 grams of marijuana.
You will be required to submit your application online or via the contact methods below. To request information and to get help with your application:
Visit the Parole Board of Canada:
Information line: 1-800-874-2652 (toll-free)
Parole Board of Canada,
ATTN: Clemency and Record Suspension Division
410 Laurier Avenue West, 5th Floor
PRO TIP: It is best to follow the links within this article to get to the appropriate sites. There are government “look alike” sites on page one of Google for search term “Cannabis pardon Canada”. These are premium non government services, and you may enter your email address before you realize it.
Possession of cannabis was an offence under section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. It was defined as “a person is in possession of a substance when they have it in their personal possession, in the possession or custody of another person, or have it in any place for the use or benefit of themselves or another person.”