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Canada pardoning cannabis crimes!

Canada has begun issuing pardons for people who were convicted of simple possession of cannabis and do not have other criminal records, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announced on Thursday.

Upwards of 250,000 Canadians may have such a conviction, Liberal Justice Minister David Lametti said, though he added it was hard to get an exact figure because of differences in reporting systems between provinces and police jurisdictions.

Many Canadians, particularly black and indigenous Canadians, are saddled with the “lingering consequences” of a system in which cannabis was illegal, Lametti said at a news conference in Montreal.