October 6, 2018 6:54 pm
Updated: October 12, 2018 10:01 am

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.

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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.

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

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