Seeking Cannabis Justice through Expungement
NYU CannaPolicy invites you to join us and guest speaker Michelle Fields, Esq. in a thoughtful discussion of policy and advocacy avenues for seeking justice and relief for communities harmed by cannabis criminalization.
Cannabis criminalization by federal and state governments has been a major contributor to the United States’ system of mass incarceration. Individuals with criminal records face significant barriers to accessing critical services such as housing and healthcare as well as advancement opportunities through education and employment. The harms of cannabis criminalization are compounded in marginalized communities which are over-policed and under-resourced.
This event is inspired by National Expungement Week (N.E.W.), a grassroots movement dedicated to providing relief to the millions of Americans disenfranchised by their criminal records through the sealing or clearing of convictions. From Sept. 19-26, N.E.W. will be hosting a week of awareness and action involving coordinated relief clinics and discussions around providing relief and empowering communities most affected by the War on Drugs. CannaPolicy encourages members of the NYU and larger New York community to participate in N.E.W.’s advocacy efforts. For more information on National Expungement Week 2020, please visit their website.