Victoria lawyer Michael Mulligan commenting in story by Tess van Straaten on CHEK News: What would, and would not, be assisted by granting pardons for marijuana possession convictions. Canadian pardons are not recognized by the United States. If the United States authorities are aware of a drug conviction, they are likely to deny entry even if the conviction has been pardoned.
Pardons would also not prevent the conviction from showing up if a vulnerable sector check was done as a result of someone wanting to work, or volunteer, with “vulnerable” people. This can include activities such as coaching a sports team.