The threshold for being recognized as a petition is 500 signatures. When this petition closed in June, it had garnered over 20,000 supporters.
“The petitioners have done a tremendous amount of work in setting out a range of actions for the legalization and normalization of cannabis, including, for those convicted of cannabis offences, on a case-by-case basis, giving pardons and repealing section 462.2 of the Criminal Code,” May said, Oct. 24. “I submit this petition. I can only cover some of the surface of its many recommendations.”
Petition organizer Sam Vekemans said, next, the government will table a response to the petition within 45 days and posted online.
“As e-18 was presented on October 24th, December 8th will be 45 days, so we should expect a response (I’m guessing probably from the Justice or Health Minister) by then,” Vekemans wrote in an email.