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Expunging Cannabis Convictions
Relased on October 6, 2022. Listen to Russell Bennett and Adjunct Research Professor Dr. Samantha McAleese from Carleton University talk about how and why Canada must grant automatic expungements for all cannabis convictions under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Russell Bennett, founder
Russell Bennett, B.Sc., LL.B. is an expert cannabis lawyer, who founded the law firm Cannabis Law, Barristers & Solicitors to help entrepreneurs and small businesses grow.
Canada’s Cannabis Act: Annotation & Commentary
Russell Bennett wrote Canada's first and only annotated version of the Cannabis Act: Canada’s Cannabis Act: Annotation & Commentary.
In the fourth edition, 2022/2023, Russell and co-author Professor Emeritus Alan Young are joined by research editor Tamar Friedman and welcome our new contributing editor, Ruth Chun!
This new edition features a revamped chapter on the Legislative History of the Cannabis Prohibition (1923-2018), which includes a detailed analysis of the former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King's xenophobic influences on creating Canada's first drug law against opium in 1908 and how it relates to adding cannabis in 1923, an updated chapter on related cannabis case law, and new annotations and commentary throughout.
This text book is essential for the bookshelves of anyone who needs to understand Canada's federal Act and Regulations. Published by LexisNexis Canada.
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“Russell is an extremely passionate lawyer when it comes to Cannabis rights. He helped us so much when we were having issues with our landlord and municipality. He is very generous and down to earth. You feel that he really cares about you and the struggles you are going through. When it seemed like no one else was on our side, he was and we are so grateful. He was enormously helpful. Thank you so much!”
Russell is an amazing resource for cannabis law. His knowledge is extensive and only unmatched by the loyalty and care he had for my case. I was put to ease knowing that Russell was on my side. He went over and above his duties and always had my best interests at heart. I would recommend his services.
James G. O’Hara
“You really want Russell on your side to fight for you, he’s literally your own advocate personified and someone who will represent you in the true meaning of the word – he’s a straight up phenomenal lawyer.”
Bruce Ryan CEO, CannaSystems.ca
“Russell Bennett is a talented, experienced and dedicated lawyer working in the cannabis sector. His creative application over the years is noteworthy; including the documentary STONED: Hemp Nation on Trial 1998 and publication of Canada’s Cannabis Act: Annotation & Commentary 2019. We consult regularly on industry related projects and truly appreciate the legal work he has done for our company CannaSystems Canada Inc.”
SH, a personal medical cannabis grower and patient
“Russell is an excellent listener. He worked with me to understand my problems and to find a solution, with courtesy, respect and wisdom. I recommend him highly to anyone who needs a cannabis lawyer.”
I would like to thank Russell for his time and knowledge for helping send us at Rosin Unity in the right direction! Russell is a true OG when it comes to Cannabis Law. He's Passion over Greed! It's hard to find a lawyer so educated when it comes to the Laws about the amazing Cannabis Plant. I strongly recommend Russell for any of your Cannabis inquiries and questions. Thanks again Russell! Much love buddy.
Russell is I wealth of legal knowledge when it comes to Cannabis law. He was quickly able to give me solutions for my by laws issues I've been having over my cannabis use in my condo. As a medical cannabis patient my condo corp is trying to prevent me from smoking my medicine in my own home. After a short conversation with RusselI he was able to send me in the right direction to resolving my issues. Thanks so much Russell!
Take a look at OUR PETITION to the Government of Canada
OUR GOAL was 501 SIGNATURES, but we got 301! Thank you for all your support!
We, the citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to continue its efforts in redressing the harms of 95 years of unscientific and racist cannabis prohibition by:
1. Acknowledging that the law never should have existed; and
2. Granting expungements to Canadian citizens convicted of offences involving cannabis.