Philadelphia CannaBusiness Association
Tauhid Chappell | Shekia Scott
August 11, 2022
HAVE A RECORD THAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK? FREE RECORD CLEARING CLINICS FOR PHILADELPHIANS
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, AUGUST 27, 2022: The Philadelphia CannaBusiness Association (PCBA) is hosting a series of FREE record clearing clinics in partnership with the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE), which will take place at the First Presbyterian Church, 35 W Chelten Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144 on August 27 & September 24, 2022, from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
PCBA is a nonprofit in Philadelphia advocating for equitable cannabis legalization and addressing the harm caused by the war on drugs through its R. E. P. A. I. R. call to action. R.E.P.A.I.R calls for Reparations, Equity, Policy, Abolition, Inclusion, and Reinvestment.
In collaboration with the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE), PCBA invites you to a day of community fun including free legal services surrounding record clearing, medical marijuana card sign-ups, food, drinks, and more!
“According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, there were over 70,000 new cannabis convictions in Pennsylvania in the last ten years alone. Clearing these records will not only help individuals, but also the entire Commonwealth by allowing for better jobs, access to education, and more,” said Andrea Lindsay, Director of Strategic Initiatives at PLSE.
What to Expect: Free guidance from an attorney who can answer any questions you may have and explain your rights and options to remove any past arrests, charges, and convictions from your record!
What is Record Clearing: Record clearing is a set of processes used to remove past arrests, charges, and or convictions from your record. In Pennsylvania, here are the different ways to clear a record:
- Expungement: ERASES individual charges from an arrest off of your public record. Only charges that did not lead to a conviction are eligible.
- Pardon: FORGIVES your record while restoring the rights and privileges that were lost due to a conviction. Pardons require a recommendation from the majority of the Board of Pardons, followed by formal recognition from the governor. After receiving a pardon, a conviction may be expunged.
- Expedited Review Program for Cannabis Convictions: SPEEDS UP the Board of Pardons’ application review and pardon process for those with non-violent cannabis-specific convictions.
[The event is open to all. Bring your children, a friend, or a pet]