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24 Sep 2017

Toronto

By Gracie Carroll

PARDON: How To Support Cannabis Amnesty Post Cannabis Legalization

By Gracie Carroll

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Maybe it’s your friend, your sibling, your colleague, or an acquaintance; whomever it might be, there’s a good chance you know someone who, at some point, has had a minor run-in with the law. Maybe it’s something big, or maybe it’s something small; either way, it exists somewhere in all of our lives. I mean, how many of us can relate to being a dumb teen who made a silly mistake that one time? I certainly can.

Truthfully, I think that most of us can relate, and have moved on with a lesson learned. But some of us haven’t been lucky enough to continue forward without living with the life-altering negative impact of a criminal record. Of course, this statement isn’t about dismissing the severity of a criminal record, but when it comes to charges such as minor cannabis offences, especially in a time when cannabis will be legalized in Canada on October 17th, how is it possible that these petty crimes could still be considered an illegal act just after a week from now?

Do you know someone whose life would change if a minor cannabis conviction could be erased from their record? I certainly do.

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And chances are, you do too because the stats are alarming. The lives of over 500,000 Canadians across the country have been negatively impacted by decades of criminal convictions for non-violent, minor cannabis offences that will soon no-longer be considered to be a crime. Before you brush that off as no big deal, know that this can mean that Canadians with minor cannabis convictions can face challenges when it comes to basic human needs like renting a home or finding meaningful employment.

If erasing records of minor cannabis convictions once its legalized seems like an obvious no-brainer to you, I’m here to share the message that it’s not. In fact, there are no current plans in place for the government to reverse minor charges after the 17th, and it was only just last Thursday when the NDP tabled a bill to strip personal cannabis possession charges. While this has already sparked conversation (and attention), it still “likely won’t get voted on until after Oct. 17–and may never pass”. 

If you believe that Canadians in these circumstances deserve to be pardoned, keep reading.

Right now, there is a way that all of us can take action and stand up for the Canadians with records who could be left behind after legalization. DOJA, a premier cannabis grower in British Columbia, has just launched PARDON—a new line of clothing and accessories that has been created in partnership with Cannabis Amnesty.

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The PARDON range features four exclusive items including a Classic Tee, Crewneck Sweater, Stash Bag and Candle with prices from just $10 to $40 Canadian. Not only will 100% of the sales from these products be donated to Cannabis Amnesty to support the cause, but your purchase of PARDON products helps advocate for change and educate fellow Canadians about the injustices that exist post legalization.

If you’re ready to support the cause, your call to action is simple: Sign the petition at Pardon.life to help reach the goal of 10,000 signatures to help galvanize change, and share it with your friends and family. Next, purchase your PARDON product to help fund the fight for Cannabis Amnesty, and show it off with pride.

For more information, please visit Pardon.Life today

xo

@EDITSEVEN

(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)

*Please note that this post has been brought to you thanks to a paid partnership with DOJA, all thoughts and opinions are our own*

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