TL;DR With cannabis officially legal in Canada, the government is now planning to pardon those previously convicted of possession. Pardons unfortunately won't be issued anytime in the near future, as no one really knows how to go about excusing people.
One of the charges many Canadians have questioned is possession of marijuana. Seriously, it only makes sense to make an exception for those who were carrying a small amount of cannabis on them before today, as now it'll be pretty common for any given person to be in legal possession at any time.
Well, the federal government has confirmed that it intends to issue pardons for those previously charged for possession of 30 grams or less.
This sounds like a fair judgement considering the amount is what is now considered the maximum legal limit across Canada. The only problem is that the government may not be getting around to it as soon as you think.
No, the pardons won't be granted immediately. Or anytime in the near future. That's because the federal government has no idea how to go about it. If you think about it, there's probably hundreds of thousands of people who have been convicted for possession over the years, so it may take a little bit of a game plan before anything moves forward.
There are a few ideas the Canadian government already has in mind, such as an application-based approach in which those with the charge would have to fill out a form to qualify.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has even spoken out on the topic, explaining that as soon as cannabis is legal in Canada (which is today) work will be done to speed up the process of excusing those who have the charge.
Until then, those who have been charged with marijuana-related crimes still have the conviction on their record. Who knows what other past crimes will be pardoned now that the substance is officially legal to use.