3 Years of Legalization: A Reflection of Those Left Behind
by: Shayne Douglas Ward
3 Years of Legalization
We start this month on the heels of our first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and acknowledging that Toronto is on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississauga’s of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
It’s not new news, and it hardly makes any sense– a lot of people, predominantly black, indigenous, and persons of colour are either still serving time or continue to face barriers with pre-legalization non-violent cannabis possession charges.
After three years of legalization, and many people profiting off this plant, this shouldn’t be a problem.We need to do better and demand more from our government and continue working towards eliminating the stigma around cannabis use.
For the month of October, we have partnered with Flowr Canada to donate 15% of proceeds from their products to Pardons Canada to help expunge some of these records.We also highly encourage you to join this movement and sign the petition at change.org/flowerpardons.
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