The federal NDP’s Justice Critic says he’s working on a private members bill to expunge criminal records for those who have been charged with simple possession of cannabis
Victoria MP Murray Rankin says having a criminal record for having been caught with small amounts of pot can cause issues crossing the border or renting a home.
“If you have a record for something which is perfectly legal as of October 17, lets take that away. We can address the other issues, cultivation charges and the like down the road, but for now I simply want to make sure there’s a level playing field.”
Rankin was in Cranbrook and Nelson last week with Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski to meet with residents to address concerns and provide information regarding next month’s legalization of cannabis.
He says information gleaned from the Kootenay meetings will be used to help craft his private members bill.
Rankin reminds Canadians that driving is a privalege, not a right
He says police will have more tools to keep high drivers off the road.
“Each of the police departments will have a D.R.E. , a drug recognition expert on the force who will be called in if there’s questions about whether you are driving while impaired.”
Police will also be able to administer saliva and blood tests to determine impairment
Recreational cannabis use is set to become legal in Canada October 17.
– Murray Rankin – Federal NDP Justice Critic, Victoria MP