It’s always interesting to discover new things.  Not always pleasant, but interesting.

As everybody knows the recreational use of marijuana became legal two weeks ago.  Regardless of how you feel about that, and regardless of what politicians might say that genie’s not going back in the bottle.

The new question is; what about those people who were convicted of possession of marijuana through the years?  I have no horse in the race, I was never arrested for possession of marijuana, and so I have no record.  My Daddy would have said that was more the result of good luck than good management.  But half a million Canadians weren’t as lucky and they do have a criminal record.  Perhaps you were one of the unlucky ones.

Research has shown that drug use is pretty consistent regardless of race, but studies have shown a major difference in the likelihood of arrests.  One study discovered that between 2015 and 2017 that first nations people in Regina were nine times more likely than white people to get arrested for possession of pot, and in Halifax, if you were an African Nova Scotian you were five times more likely to be arrested for weed than if you were white.

And that study alone may show why a blanket pardon is necessary.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.  

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