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Canada to pardon some pot possession cases as country legalizes Wednesday

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TORONTO — A senior Canadian official says the government will pardon those with a pot possession record of 30 grams or less.

The development comes as Canada legalizes so-called recreational marijuana beginning Wednesday.

The official said Tuesday that those convicted of possessing of 30 grams or less of marijuana will be eligible for a pardon, but they will have to apply for one.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of Wednesday’s announcement.