My favorite quote from the article:
>I think the responsible thing is to do the analysis, see where the unfairnesses are and take the appropriate steps to correct those problem. But we need to do it in an orderly way.
A thoughtful, logical approach to problem-solving. I miss that.
My state (NJ) seems to be on the verge of legalizing marijuana. (At least that was the promise.) I'm very interested to see whether or not they hand out pardons.
Another interesting item to consider is how law enforcement acts in the months, weeks, and days leading up to the actual day of legalization. Are they going to rush to make arrests, close cases, and charge as many people as possible? Or will they simply let people off the hook since it will be legal soon anyway?
This is one of the funny topics in Canada. We don't actually have pardons in Canada, that's an American thing. But people keep bringing it up.
What we have is, after good years, a record suspension. Your criminal charge is sealed up and only viewable if you commit another crime.
People who have minor marijuana possession charges can go through this process.
It used to cost $50 to get this done and there were massive line ups. The previous government increased the cost to $650/application which allowed them to afford more staff for Justice Canada to work on pardon applications.
What this department needs is more resources. The number of people seeking record suspensions is still out pacing the ability of the staff to process and grant applications.
What’s to consider? If something is no longer illegal no person should be held in bondage because of relating defunct laws.
I hope this doesn't take as long as it did for Alan Turing to get pardoned.
Not a US/Canada person, what's a liberal? I've only ever seen it used as an insult on reddit.
Look, on one hand I agree that jail for pot is over the top, but I also have to point out that the law was the law, and everyone knew what it was. Whether it's the law now or not, it was still broken and it's never a good idea to apply a law retroactively.
Consider if it were the other way around, and they've now decided pot is illegal, and they know you used it 6 months ago. Would you be ok if they now decided that they are going to retroactively decide to lock you up?