Today, it is easy for people to get their life, liberty, or property back from a conviction for simple possession. However, there are many people who have been convicted of other crimes that are not as easily “expunged.” These include first, and second time possession of any amount of marijuana, and all the other crimes that marijuana prohibition has created in the last 60 years.
On Friday, February 24, 2014, the Southwest Arizona NORML (Southwest Arizona Naturals Rights Organization for the Legalization of Marijuana) will be sponsoring a free expungement clinic at their office at 621 W. Camelback in Phoenix, AZ. The clinic will provide free legal advice, document preparation and flyer distribution for those who might benefit from the services of NORML. Our goal is to reduce the number of people charged with crimes that are no longer on the books in Arizona. In Phoenix, the top ten crimes for which you will have your past criminal record sealed are as follows: Possession of Marijuana 1,211 Possession of Controlled Substances 1,195 Driving under the influence 1,220 Open Container in VehicleNORML Arizona, the division of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law (NORML), is holding a free expungement resource clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday the 19th. June, announced at Sol Flower Wellness Classroom, 13650 N. 99th Avenue, at the corner of 99th Avenue and W. Thunderbird Road, in Sun City. The Criminal Relief Resource Clinic is open to the public and anyone who wishes to participate. It offers people with prior marijuana convictions the opportunity to consult one-on-one with Arizona lawyers. Participants will learn how to properly file a waiver request and are encouraged to bring as much documentation as possible about their case or previous arrest in Arizona, such as… B. the record of arrest, criminal complaint and/or warrant. Undocumented workers continue to be encouraged to attend the clinic. As an organization committed to the well-being of all, we look forward to providing a safe and welcoming space where community members can access legal resources and knowledge, said Ryan Hurley, General Counsel of Copperstate Farms. In November 2020, Arizona voters passed Proposition 207, also known as the Arizona Smart and Safe Act, which legalized recreational marijuana and established penalty provisions for certain offenses. Starting July 12, Arizona residents convicted of marijuana possession can apply to have their convictions expunged. After spending countless hours collecting signatures, putting up signs and hosting conference calls in support of Proposition 207, we look forward to seeing the promise of this restorative justice initiative fulfilled, said Mike Robinette, Interim Executive Director of NORML Arizona. We are grateful that Copper Farms shares our goal and we look forward to helping Arizonans get their homes in order this summer, Robinette said. Sol Flower, founded by Copperstate Farms, is a pharmacy brand in Arizona with four locations: Sun City, Scottsdale, and two in Tempe. Sol Flower’s Wellness Classroom in Sun City offers weekly educational classes with renowned experts and activists who are committed to the community.