Besito teams up with Equity First Alliance for National Expungement Week campaign
This week is National Expungement Week — it’s a week of ongoing events designed to help people who have cannabis-related convictions on their criminal record get them expunged or sealed. While much of the attention around legal cannabis has to do with the industry itself (and the large amount of taxes that cannabis can bring to the government), there’s another side of legalization, and it’s about making sure that some of the 77 million (!) Americans who have convictions on their records can get some relief. Even though many people around the country are currently enjoying legal cannabis, there are still people who can’t get housing, jobs, or education because of past cannabis-related convictions — and there are some people still in jail, locked away for a product that people can now buy legally on store shelves.
The core of National Expungement Week is a series of events and clinics, usually led by attorneys, that can help provide some guidance to those who need to clear their records. Many states have passed decriminalization laws already, which is great, but it takes time and effort to actually clear records.
And some brands are jumping in to help as well. Besito is a cannabis brand out of LA, and it has teamed up with a group called Equity First Alliance to create a campaign called “A Record Shouldn’t Last a Lifetime” to raise awareness about how we can better heal the hurt that the War on Drugs has caused. The campaign includes a short film, produced by besito, featuring some of the people in LA who are dealing with this very issue, and a petition to try and tell state attorneys general to help solve this problem. Additionally, Besito is pledging 1% of all profits to Equity First Alliance to keep the long-term battle going.
As you can see every day here on our site, the cannabis industry is growing by leaps and bounds, but as fun as it is to see all of the new products and all of the innovations, we need to remember that legalization is also about justice for those wrongly affected by prohibition. The War on Drugs has been used for years to lock up and detain people of color, and the newly legal cannabis industry has a responsibility to undo every bit of that harm that it can.