Feds to expedite pardons for minor pot convictions

B.C.'s first legal cannabis store approved one day before legalization

As a result, many people will be ordering their pot online and waiting for it to be brought to their front door.

Rather, it will streamline the existing process of obtaining a record suspension.

NDP MP Murray Rankin tabled a private member's bill earlier this month that pushed for the expungement of records of anyone who carries a criminal record for past minor, non-violent pot possession convictions. A suspension doesn't erase a record, but can make it easier to get a job, travel and generally contribute to society.

Much of the paperwork needed for a blanket amnesty resides in local courthouses out of the immediate and easy reach of the federal government and the Parole Board, officials said. The vast majority of drug cases are handled by federal prosecutors, who could decide, in the public interest, not to prosecute, they said.

Premier Doug Ford took several swipes at the Trudeau government's legalization of marijuana during remarks to the Ontario Police Association Annual General Meeting.

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Acknowledging it is unchartered territory, the premier said Justin Trudeau ran around during the federal election campaign boasting how great it would be after the Liberals made cannabis legal, and now that it's happening, Ford said the prime minister isn't boastful anymore, noting 'they can't even find the guy'.

"Three years later, the federal government still can not give our police a single reliable piece of equipment to test for drug-impaired driving".

Ian Power, the first person to purchase recreational marijuana legally in Canada at the stroke of midnight said, "The stigma ends tonight, prohibition has ended right now". California, the largest legal market in the USA, earlier this month became the first state with a law mandating expungement of criminal convictions for marijuana-related offences.

Health Canada is working on developing regulations on edibles within a year, Blair said, adding he would caution consumers about their use.

Trevor Fencott, chief executive of Fire and Flower, said his company has 15 Alberta stores staffed and ready to sell marijuana, but the province has supplied only enough product to open three of them Wednesday.

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