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Chicago Prosecutor Expunges 1,000 Cannabis Convictions, Let’s Do This Everywhere

Legalizing cannabis is just one part of our battle to end the harmful war against the nonviolent cannabis community. Even after ending arrests and prosecutions, we still need to fight to implement sensible business regulations, worker protections, and parental rights, among other policy reforms. Expunging past criminal convictions is an obvious next step and it’s great that Oregon and other states have passed sensible expungement laws following legalization. However, Oregon, and other legal states, should go a step further and automatically eliminate old cannabis convictions, just as Chicago prosecutor Kim Fox is doing for 1,000 people, as reported by the Associated Press:

“Today, we made history and took the first step in the single largest and most equitable piece of criminal justice reform Illinois has ever seen,” Foxx said in a statement. The effort to expunge records in minor marijuana cases is required by the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Technology developed by a non-profit organization called Code For America is already being used elsewhere, most notably in California, to clear thousands of convictions. Foxx’s office will use the same technology to evaluate eligibility and remove minor marijuana convictions from people’s records at no cost to them and, in many cases, without their knowledge. The defendants will be notified by the court clerk’s office via email or by a letter that the convictions have been expunged.

The people whose cases are being expunged include those who were convicted of misdemeanors, or Class 4 felonies, the lowest category of felony in Illinois. Anyone convicted of possessing more than 30 grams must apply individually if they want to have their records expunged.

In Oregon, and too many states, expungement is too burdensome, confusing and expensive. Once your dues to society have been paid, and you are a nonviolent, law-abiding citizen, expungement shouldn’t depend upon where you live, on your ability to decipher forms, or how much expendable income that you have. While there are helpful expungement clinics in Oregon, they are usually held in Portland, Eugene, or Medford, and those living outside of the I-5 corridor may not have the means to attend.

Call me a dreamer (but I’m not the only one), but your freedom and equality shouldn’t depend upon where you live and how much money you happen to have in the bank. While it may be a difficult task, let’s bring more justice into our society step by step.

Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s Remember to Support Small Businesses this Week! (And Every Week!)

I’m not gonna lie, it was embarrassingly hard to cancel my Amazon Prime membership. It has been even embarrassingly harder to avoid hopping onto Amazon to order things I need, along some early Christmas gifts. Those that know me best know that I go through headphones, cell phone chargers, and water bottles at a ridiculously rapid pace as I lose them across the city and basically everywhere that I travel. I am doing the best that I can to shop local and I hope that everyone, including the cannabis community, can do their best to support small, local businesses this week and every week.

Here’s some great information about small businesses Steve Bulger, the acting Mid-Atlantic regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, in the The Weston Democrat:

In so many ways, small businesses are the glue that holds our communities together. In addition to providing jobs and contributing to the local tax base, small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to local nonprofits and community causes.

In fact, 75% of small businesses donate an average of 6% of their profits to charitable organizations annually. As of 2019, 81% of small businesses plan on giving back to their community in 2020.

Each small business typically has a list of different organizations and causes it donates to: 66% give to local charities, 48% support local youth organizations, 42% donate to local first responders … the list goes on.

If you are around the Pendleton area and are a part of the growing trend of sharing cannabis at holiday gatherings, I certainly encourage you to visit Kind Leaf which is a local cannabis boutique that is giving its employees Thanksgiving off, but providing some great deals this Friday and Saturday. You will be helping the local economy, supporting an Oregon small mom-and-pop, and enjoying the largest cannabis selection in the Beaver State. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Some of Kind Leaf’s great deals this Friday and Saturday:

30% Off Flower: Sour Peach Cobbler, Rainmaker, 24K, PCG Cooks, Mimosa, Mac #8, DogWalker, Tiramisu Cooks, Lavender, Gorilla Confidential

20% Off: Empower Topicals, Portland Extracts, Flav, Karma Originals, Twax Joints, Legal Beverages, Wyld

30% Off: Smokies Taffy, Journeyman Edibles, Green Dragon Vape, Canna Fusion Topicals, Dab Society – Hash Fruit & MAC Dragon, Happy Cabbage -Mendo Burst & Purple Starburst

40% Off: That Taffy, Periodic Edible Caramels, Echo Vape, Co2 Company Batteries, Shadow Box Prerolls, Vitonic Drinks, Magic Beverages, Dark Matter RSO, Sexy Time by Apothecanna, Echo Extracts – Lemon Remedy, ACDC, & Ringo’s Gift