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Dustin Costa served 15 years for something he would be considered a pioneer for in the cannabis industry today. No one’s life deserves to be tossed upside down over a crime that now contributes a billion dollar in tax revenue from 11 States and our nation’s Capital. After serving a bullshit sentence Dennis is trying to be a contributing member of society again but Lyft in its infinite wisdom decided he’s not eligible while in the same week teaming up with Seattle to promote a safe 4/20.

I reached out to Lyft to only receive a generic lawyer bullshit response because the cannabis dollar is important on 4/20, not any other day.

Hi Miguel,

Thanks for reaching out to us.

Currently, Lyft may disqualify any applicant whose driving record reveals:

More than three moving violations in the past three years (such as accidents or traffic light violations);
A single major moving violation in the past three years (such as driving on a suspended license or reckless driving);
A DUI or other drug-related driving violation in the past seven years, or longer in some jurisdictions;
A serious driving-related conviction in the past seven years (such as a hit-and-run or a felony involving a vehicle).

If the DMV check of the Lyft driver or applicant reveals potentially disqualifying information, he/she will receive a copy of the report via email along with instructions on how to dispute the results.

This is outlined in our Driver requirements page.

Hope this helps. Should you have any questions or require assistance feel free to ask, and we will be here to assist you anytime.

All the best,
Paula Buenaventura – Intouch – MAN : App
Lyft Support

I agree with 90% of the email sent back to me, my issue is when they are promoting on a made up holiday that they haven’t taken the time to write inclusion policy for the cannabis consumer. According to Dustin “Other felons can apply after seven years have elapsed from their conviction. Uber has a similar policy, but does not exclude drug crimes.” and this is why he now rides and will exclusively promote Uber.

The workplace is evolving and employers (some are) need to recognize the willingness to consume something natural does not dictate a bad employee/ person. Do we exclude from tobacco, coffee, and alcohol consumers? Then why for cannabis? Look, no one is making the pro workplace heroine argument and that’s because opioids are genuinely bad but they serve a pain mitigating purpose, something we need to teach our children or they could be victims of ignorance.

As much as I want to bash Lyft, Uber has their own policy issues with cannabis like when a drivers rating can be lowered over the smell of weed or when an Uber driver calls the cops over a bag left in the ride, though I’ll never know how you leave two pounds of weed behind.

Miguel a.k.a Miggy420
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My name is Miguel but I go by Miggy420 on the interwebs. My mission is to end prohibition through education, entertainment, and spreading awareness of those facing injustice, we are stronger as a whole when we're all informed.I don't have a degree but my resume includes 8 years of blogging, 10 years in the military, and presently working in the tech industry.