Ayr Wellness Inc. will host the second iteration of “Changing Legacies,” a series of clinics to expunge the records of individuals with past cannabis convictions.
Ayr’s “Changing Legacies” series is a core pillar of the company’s corporate social responsibility program, which is dedicated to restorative justice and combatting the effects of the failed War on Drugs.
The company has partnered with community and non-profit organizations to drive this year’s clinics, including Blaze Responsibly, Cannabis Noire, Center for Community Alternatives, Lady Jane CT and Mass CultivatED.
“Despite shifting public sentiment in favor of cannabis and an ever-evolving legislative and regulatory landscape, far too many individuals continue to face significant barriers to housing, employment, social services and more because of non-violent cannabis convictions,” said Khari Edwards, head of corporate social responsibility at Ayr. “The goal of our ‘Changing Legacies’ program is to empower those most harmed by the War on Drugs with a fresh start.”
The events will take place Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Each expungement clinic will provide attendees with access to legal services, connect individuals with re-entry and wrap-around programs and, where possible, offer financial support for obtaining critical documentation and processing fees.
“As a business operating within the regulated cannabis market, we seek to use our platform to provide opportunities to communities who have been most disenfranchised by our country’s long history of cannabis prohibition,” said David Goubert, president at Ayr. “We look forward to hosting our second annual, ‘Changing Legacies’ event series in partnership with an outstanding group of organizations in the states and communities that we serve.”