Liberals urged to follow U.S. jurisdictions to expunge cannabis recordsPosted by On

Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Published Friday, March 15, 2019 12:22PM EDT

Last Updated Friday, March 15, 2019 3:01PM EDT

OTTAWA — The Liberal government should follow the lead of American jurisdictions that have moved to erase criminal records for simple cannabis possession, says NDP justice critic Murray Rankin.

In late February, officials in San Francisco announced they would expunge more than 9,000 cannabis convictions dating back to 1975 — a move that followed the passage of a bill last summer requiring California prosecutors to erase or reduce the severity of tens of thousands of convictions.

In Canada, the government has introduced a law making it much easier to apply for a pardon for a…

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