National Expungement Day in Denver --Empowering by Helping Clear Cannabis Convictions
The FIRST EVER National Expungement Week from October 20-27. Events will be held across at least 8 states and Washington, DC, and allow people to remove, seal or reclassify eligible convictions on their criminal records.
The coalition, Cage-Free Cannabis, is a Los Angeles based organization committed to repairing harm the War On Drugs have done to many through efforts such as these expungement events. For the first time ever organizers of the cannabis equity, repair of injustice joins forces for a week of events around the country. National Expungment Week assists people who have been convicted, lost jobs, housing, family, and their overall freedom over a non-violent cannabis crime. October 20 - 27 th events will be held and DENVER's is coming up on Saturday October 27th, 2018.
Colorado NORML is proud to be a part of ending the unjust laws regarding the outcome of the War On Drugs and other non-violent crimes. Expungment for all cannabis-related non-violent crimes of Colorado will be addressed in 2019 session! Please join us for this event!
“Voters legalized adult use of cannabis in Colorado in 2012, but people are still walking around with cannabis convictions and the collateral consequences they bring,” says Rosalie Flores, who is leading the Denver event. “These convictions restrict access to jobs, housing, education, and other vital services. We wanted to bring attention to the continuing need for justice in our communities and call on Colorado government officials to implement and fund equitable and reparative cannabis policy.”
Criminal records continue to prevent people from gaining access to housing, employment, education, and public assistance. With these events and future efforts to expunge cannabis related non-violent convictions we know it will open the door of opportunity to those who were never given a chance.
In Colorado, convictions for most petty offenses and drug crimes are sealable. Record sealing differs from expungement in that a “sealed” record still exists in the legal sense but is more difficult to find. Expungement can but not always result in the deletion of the record entirely. Neither record sealing nor expungement were made automatic upon legalization in Colorado, unlike in other states where such has been written into the legislation. We must join together now to make this process easy and accessible for those who need it and advocate for changes to our current laws.
“In the places where expungement (or record change, or record sealing, or nullification) is possible, we’ll expunge,” Vine says. “In the places where that isn’t yet possible, we’ll demand that it be made possible.”
We would appreciate your support of this effort through a DONATION and spreading the word.
*Note: Applicants often need to bring ID & LiveScans with them. Please confirm with your local organizers for exactly what you need to bring.
For more information and a listing of the remaining events, visit https://www.offtherecord.us/events.