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Government of Canada Will Acquit Past Cannabis Possession Convictions

City Cannabis Vancouver

On Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, recreational cannabis officially became legal across Canada.

In addition to the legalization, the federal government announced today that they will pardon those with a cannabis record of 30 grams or less.

During a press conference, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor stated that individuals with a record will be eligible for a pardon after applying for one.


The Health Minister added that the government will offer the necessary resources to allow Canadians to seek pardons for cannabis possession convictions once they have completed their sentences.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said pardons will also be handed out to those who have served their sentence already.


New Legislation

A new law will be put in place by the federal government to make previous cannabis convictions easier for Canadians to handle.

Here’s how the new cannabis laws will apply to people in BC.

Cannabis Laws In BC

  • Age: 19
  • Sales locations: Private and government retail and online sales
  • Smoking locations: Prohibited in cars, around children, and wherever tobacco is restricted
  • Possession limit: 30 grams in public, no limits at home


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