Only 44 Canadians granted cannabis pardons under new systemJesse B. StaniforthSeptember 18, 2019
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The obstacle may be the challenging bureaucracy each applicant has to tackle—or it could be the costs applicants must shell out for all the paperwork they need for to apply for a “no-cost” record-suspension.
Bill C-93 was widely criticized for choosing records suspensions over expungements, which would have simply deleted existing records. In May, four Liberal MPs, all nine Bloc Québécois MPs, 11 Conservative MPs, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May voted to support Bill C-415, an NDP private member’s bill calling for full expungements of cannabis records. However they were defeated 225-61 by the Liberals, supported by the Conservatives.