Will Trudeau’s ‘pot pardons’ have a snowball effect?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s proposal to pardon minor cannabis possession convictions might be a step in the right direction, but a number of advocates and experts say it simply doesn’t go far enough.

“Why aren’t we passing laws to wipe those records, instead of just giving people these pardons?” asks John Conroy, an attorney who received Lift & Co.’s Canadian Cannabis Crusader award in 2014. Conroy says it will take more than pardons to dull prohibition’s sting on the 500,000-plus Canadians living with criminal records for minor possession charges alone—they need amnesty.

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