420 Expo to Host Free Expungement Clinics September 29–October 1
NJ's Premier BYOC (Cannabis) Consumer Event Making Major Strides Towards Social Justice
By: The S3 Agency
Open to members of the public aged 21 and over, 420 Expo will take place September 29 through October 1 at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Tickets and details about the event, which will be guest hosted by the legendary Cheech Marin and sponsored by Wakit Grinders (https://www.wakitgrinders.com), are available at 420Expo.com.
The Expungement Clinics at 420 Expo will be conducted by legal experts such as Andrew Cooper, Esq., LL.M. – Chair, Cannabis & Psychedelics Practice Group at Falcon Rappaport & Berkman LLP. Cooper shares how important this free information is for supporting social justice: "People with cannabis convictions often find it impossible to find jobs, housing, or college loans. They often lose their right to vote and the ability to receive public assistance. Many employers won't hire anyone with a drug conviction or have policies requiring immediate termination if a past drug arrest is discovered – with or without a conviction. The issue is even more profound when you consider that a significant majority of those arrested for cannabis have been simple possession charges."
Cooper adds a critical insight, "The so-called war on drugs has been particularly hard on minority and low-income communities, and although studies show white, brown, and black people use cannabis equally, black and brown people were nearly four times as likely to be arrested for cannabis violations. Despite laws designed to assist these communities, the individuals affected most are also least able to benefit due to a lack of access to information and support. The Expungement Clinics at 420 Expo are intended to provide the kind of meaningful access to information otherwise sorely lacking in society."
Additional attorneys from the region will also be taking part in the clinics as well as offering legal advice during the event, including Michael Hoffman, John Williams, Tara Hopper and others who are donating their time to this effort.
"We are thrilled to bring this type of necessary social support to our three-day cannabis celebration,"
Guest host Cheech Marin, who himself has his own cannabis line Cheech's Stash, has long been pushing for social equity for cannabis users. "Now that recreational cannabis is finally legal in many states and making other strides toward acceptance, it's so important to fight against social injustices. The existence of 420 Expo is a huge step in the right direction. I can't wait to be there to celebrate with fellow cannabis enthusiasts."
In addition to free Expungement Clinics, 420 Expo's three-day BYOC canna-fest will include:
420 Expo will be open to the public: