Ayr Wellness, a multi-state cannabis business operator, is hosting several expungement clinics across the nation on Feb. 27, including one in Rahway.
Ayr partnered with The Library of New Jersey, which is pursuing entry into the state’s cannabis industry as a social equity applicant, on the clinics. As part of the event, The Library NJ will accept 15 to 20 attendees into its job training program.
Along with partners Stockton University and New Jersey Institute of Technology, The Library and Ayr designed the clinics to help people looking to expunge cannabis-related convictions and those of other non-violent crimes from their records.
“Despite the legalization of cannabis across 35+ states – two-thirds of the U.S. population – the criminal justice system still grapples with a host of issues related to the War on Drugs, which continues to disproportionately impact Black and Brown Americans,” said Jonathan Sandelman, founder, chairman and CEO of Ayr.
“We believe it is critical to be part of the solution to these issues, addressing the harms of the past and creating opportunity for the future. The main objective of our ‘Changing Legacies’ program is to create an ecosystem of support, partnership and hope for that better future. We thank our partnering organizations for making an event like this possible,” Sandelman said.
Ayr and The Library NJ on Feb. 22 originally announced plans to host two expungement clinics in New Jersey, but changed course to instead beef up the Rahway event with the job training component. More information on the job training component was not available at press time.
The Library NJ looks to open a retail dispensary and in-house cannabis cultivator while simultaneously educating customers and combatting the opioid addiction crisis. The event will happen at 1579 Irving St. from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Folks should RSVP to [email protected].
Attendees should bring the following information: the city and state where they were charged; the docket number, if they know it; and their arrest record.