My dad was SWAT raided three times when I was growing up. Each time it was due to him selling cannabis. My dad served his time and paid his fines, but he still had to walk around with the ‘cannabis scarlet letter’ for a long time after his third and final conviction in 1995. He was unable to get a decent job, he was unable to be a coach for youth sports, and missed out on a lot of other things since he was labeled as a drug dealing felon.
Fortunately my dad was able to eventually get his record cleaned up via a process known as expungement. Expungement is a ‘court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is “sealed,” or erased in the eyes of the law.’ For many people, the cost of getting a conviction off of their record can be too expensive and too much effort if the person is completely unfamiliar with the process.
The Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is hosting an expungement event in Seattle, Washington on May 20th to help people with the expungement process. MCBA held a similar event in Portland, Oregon last year, and with great success. Below is more information about the event via its Facebook listing. If you know someone with a cannabis conviction on their record, you should encourage them to attend:
The Minority Cannabis Business Association and Marley Natural join together to bring Rise Up! Washington to Seattle. The event is a 2-part event with expungement of cannabis crimes for qualified individuals and a rally for the community with education and networking.
Rise Up! Rally:
Get engaged with the cannabis community – activists, patients, entrepenuers, and consumers – to network, learn, share. The Rally will include:
Overview of the Washington cannabis market and how you can get involved, AND we are very pleased to bring you Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) speaker, Inge Fryklund who is a 30-year activist in the global war on drugs. Inge makes stunning comparisons between domestic drug policies from her experience leading all criminal appeals in Cook County, Chicago, IL and as a legal advisor in Afghanistan for the United Nations and others.
MCBA & Marley Natural will work with qualified individuals to complete paperwork, as well as pay all fees and fines to apply for the Washington state vacate process. To learn more about the expungement program and apply to particpate, visit www.minoritycannabis.org