NDP requests expungement of pot possession records

The NDP has asked the federal Liberals to consider expunging records for people who have possessed a small amount of marijuana, which has been legalized in Canada.

According to North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney, the Liberal government says it is moving through a process of pardoning. One step is taking away the fee for the pardons.

“I see that as a somewhat positive step, but it is really a half-measure promise because it still leaves these records,” Blaney said in a Tuesday teleconference with media. “When they’re trying to travel, when they’re trying to get a job, when they’re trying to look for somewhere to live, it can prevent them from being able to take those steps. So it seems to not make a lot of sense that something that is now legal, a lot of people will still be dealing with the ramifications for many years.”

She notes that most of those with records are younger, racialized people.

Mayor Larry Jangula and other members of Courtenay council have expressed concern that municipalities will not receive a fair share of tax dollars derived from marijuana sales.

“A lot of municipalities, both within the riding and outside of the riding, came to me during this process, talking about the investment in training RCMP or their local police on how to address some of these issues, and how expensive it was,” Blaney said.

“The rollout of this process has not been as clean as I would have liked to see,” she added. “I think it left people with a lot of questions. I’ll continue to work with the municipalities and make sure their voices are heard in Ottawa around the concerns that arise.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq among artists featured in Indigenous music film

When They Awake coming to Stan Hagen Theatre for one night

Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop in need of bicycles for youngsters, gifts for teens

Santa’s Workshop, at 464 Puntledge Road (formerly the Red Cross building), is… Continue reading

Comox connection to launch of new $10 bill

Great nephew of Viola Desmond says bill is a ‘step in the right direction’

Changes coming to BC Ferries reservations for Vancouver Island routes

Many customers are booking multiple reservations, inflating wait times

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

Laine scores 3 as Jets double Canucks 6-3

Injury-riddled Vancouver side drops sixth in a row

Deportation averted for Putin critic who feared return to Russia

Elena Musikhina, a vocal critic of the Kremlin, has been granted a two-year visitor’s permit in Canada

Outreach group ordered to stop feeding homeless on City of Parksville property

City issued Manna Homeless Society cease and desist order after complaints from public

Victim’s girlfriend testifies on first day of 2016 Chemainus murder trial

“I was soaked in blood from the neck down”: witness

B.C. to allow Uber-style ride hailing services to operate in late 2019

Fee will be applied to fund options for disabled people

Auditor general takes aim at Liberals’ fighter-jet plan

Suditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada’s attempts to buy new fighter jets

Most Read