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Cannabis Amnesty seeking signatures in Okanagan

Cannabis Amnesty estimates more than half a million Canadians' lives have been negatively impacted by criminal convictions for non-violent minor cannabis offences that will soon no longer be a crime. Jules Knox reports on how one campaign is canvassing thousands of people to support pot pardons.

With marijuana legalization looming, some say it’s time to wipe the slate clean for those that have minor pot offences on their records.

“We think it’s a logical choice. It’s a minor crime and with it being legalized on the 17th (of October), we really want to be the voice for the people who haven’t had their voice heard in a while,” said David Duarte of Doja, a Kelowna-based, licensed marijuana producer.

Doja has partnered with Cannabis Amnesty, a not-for profit organization of lawyers and advocates.

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This weekend, a drive is on in Kelowna to collect signatures. A truck was stationed at Kerry Park, from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the truck will be parked on Bernard Avenue, near Richter Street, from noon to 6 p.m.

Organizers say they plan to present the petition to government officials.

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“What we’re trying to do is get signatures on petition and go to government,” said Duarte.

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