On Friday, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh told BNN Bloomberg that edibles should be legal now, instead of sometime in 2019 as promised by the Trudeau government.
As Mr Singh said:
“I’m of the belief of full legalization immediately – and the federal government doing the research and the work to make sure that the suggestions around regulations, safe quantities and other details are addressed … so that good decisions can be made on the provincial level.
If we should legalize, we should legalize everything entirely”.
Mr Singh makes a very good point because, without edibles, we can’t exactly call this legalization, can we?
It should be noted that while edibles cannot be legally sold or distributed just yet, the Cannabis Act has a provision that allows Canadians to make their own, provided they do not sell it and keep it out of reach of minors.
The NDP leader also said he’d push to have criminal records related to cannabis expunged, instead of merely pardoned. The difference is that “an expungement effectively erases a past criminal conviction”, according to criminal defence lawyer Sarah Leamon, while “a pardon does little more than set aside a criminal conviction. In this way, it signals to authorities that the person – although once convicted of a criminal offence – deserves another chance.”
Mr Singh’s stance on pardons stands in contrast to Trudeau, who has chosen to give pardons for cannabis convictions instead and has streamlined to process to make getting a pardon faster, cheaper, and easier.
But as Mr Singh said:
“It’s a travesty and a historical injustice.
If you look at folks who have been stopped for personal possession of cannabis, [it’s mostly] been Indigenous communities and racialized communities … even though the use has been the same across all demographics.” •
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