National Expungement Week Is October 20-27, 2018

Cannabis Equity and Reparative Justice Organizations Join Forces To Host Free Clinics Across The Country

NEW YORK: A coalition of more than 20 organizations working at the intersection of the cannabis industry, racial equity and reparative justice, will join local and community groups across the country for the inaugural National Expungement Week October 20-27, 2018.  Conceived to aid those disenfranchised by the war on drugs, N.E.W. will offer free clinics to help to remove, seal, or reclassify eligible convictions from criminal records.

N.E.W. events will be held in AtlantaBaltimoreBostonChicagoDenverDetroitLos AngelesNew HavenPhiladelphiaPrince George’s CountySan Francisco and Washington, DC.  Organizers will also provide attendees with a varied (depending upon location) range of supportive services including employment resources, voter engagement, health screenings, and more. The N.E.W. website also provides a link to an online toolkit so that interested parties can host their own record change events.

Organizers of N.E.W. events include Equity First Alliance, who recently released an open letter calling attention to patterns of inequity and injustice in the cannabis industry.  Other participating organizations include Cage-Free CannabisCage-Free RepairMassachusetts Recreational Consumer CouncilCalifornia Cannabis AdvocatesTree Femme CollectiveWe BAKEDThe Pot Lab, and Smart Pharm Research Group.

“Now that the plant is becoming legal, those who have gone to jail should be able to clear their record. The process for changing one’s record varies wildly state-by-state, but the need is universal. Considering America’s history of the war on drugs, the cannabis industry must bring justice and shared profits. As these expungement events become more common, we wanted to coordinate them to highlight the need for widespread and automated legal relief,” says Sonia Erika of Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council and a spokesperson for Equity First Alliance.