The legalization of recreational cannabis use in Canada marks a turning point in the fight for normalization. However, during the decades of prohibition, more than half a million Canadians have been burdened with criminal records and jail time due to minor non-violent cannabis possession charges. These otherwise law-abiding Canadians cannot find meaningful work or volunteer opportunities, they are unable to lease an apartment, qualify for a mortgage and in some cases can be denied from certain university programs. As a result, many of these people are relying on social assistance, not only harming their personal economic prosperity but the Canadian community as a whole.
It’s time to rewrite the wrongs of prohibition. As Canada’s premium Cannabis brand, DOJA is proud to partner with Cannabis Amnesty in their efforts to provide a mass pardon for individuals with minor non-violent cannabis possession convictions. Through the PARDON advocacy campaign, DOJA encourages readers to be part of the change by signing Cannabis Amnesty’s petition at Pardon.life. With the goal of 10,000 signatures, this petition will call upon Parliament to grant pardons to individuals who are held back by their simple, non-violent, cannabis possession charges and records.
In addition, DOJA and Cannabis Amnesty are proud to introduce a collection of PARDON merchandise aimed at raising money and awareness for this important cause. One hundred percent of the PARDON collection proceeds will go directly to supporting Cannabis Amnesty’s effort to lobby the government of Canada.
“As we head closer to cannabis legalization, the amazing work that Cannabis Amnesty is doing is ever-more important. The prohibition of this plant has compromised the health and happiness of many individuals–it's time this comes to an end,” says DOJA founder Trent Kitsch.
“Cannabis prohibition has destroyed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians. We are proud to be working with DOJA on PARDON, an advocacy campaign and product line that will bring awareness to Cannabis Amnesty’s goal: pardons for all individuals with a criminal record for personal possession of cannabis,” adds Cannabis Amnesty’s director Annamaria Enenajor.
You can follow your impact in the coming weeks by visiting DOJA to learn more about this exciting initiative. Stay tuned for profiles on team members representing Cannabis Amnesty and learn more about how their work is transforming the lives of the people who have been saddled with criminal convictions for non-violent, minor cannabis offences.