National Newswatch

Canadians saddled with criminal records for possessing cannabis can soon apply for fast, free pardons, but professionals working in the field aren’t expecting a mad rush at the door.

Bill C-93, which waives the $631 fee and the five-to-10-year waiting period for pardon applications, received royal assent Friday and will soon come into force. The legislation aims to remove barriers to employment, housing, travel and volunteering opportunities for people who were convicted of simple possession before recreational cannabis use was made legal last fall.

According to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office, about 250,000 Canadians have been charged with simple possession and a

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