Starting on Aug. 1, 2019 Canadians who have been charged for small possessions of cannabis can now have the conviction completely wiped for their record. The Government of Canada has announced that Canadians can now apply for a pardon when it comes to cannabis charges, and it will be completely free of charge. The Government of Canada states that this new pardon will allow Canadians more freedom when it comes to finding jobs, traveling, and attending schools. 

In a statement that was released on Thursday from the Government of Canada, it has been announced that as of now, Canadians will be able to apply to the Parole Board of Canada in order to get any charges that have been laid for simple possession of cannabis removed. 

While all other pardons are often associated with a $631 fee, anyone who will be applying for the removal of simple cannabis possession charges will have this fee waived, and will be able to apply for absolutely no charge. Even Canadians who may have outstanding fines in associating with their charges will still be eligible for a pardon, as long as they have completed their sentence.  

Those who are applying will also experience almost no wait time when it comes to getting their pardon. 

According to News1130, Bill C-93 passed in the Senate in June, and since being applied today, will eliminate the five to ten year waiting period that many other applications need to get finalized. Federal Justice Minister David Lametti reveals in the Government of Canada statement, Canadians will have "immediate access" to a pardon if you are eligible. 

All Canadians need to do to get this pardon is to visit the Government of Canada website, where you can apply directly in a simple step-by-step process. No lawyer or third-party service is needed while filling out this application. 

This pardon only covers those who have been charged with small possession of cannabis charges. Anyone who has been charged on bigger counts of cannabis charges may not be eligible for this pardon. 

Lametti told News1130 that there are an estimated 250,000 Canadians who have some form of Cannabis possession convictions. Allowing Canadians to get rid of these charges will allow them to be able to apply for jobs and travel without a charge looming over their personal record. 

Before legalization, those who were charged with cannabis possession could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

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