Mary & Main, Vireo Health and Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) came together to offer a free expungement clinic at Mary & Main’s dispensary in Capitol Heights, Md., on Sept. 26 to help the local community clear eligible cannabis convictions from their criminal records.
Aisha Braveboy, state’s attorney for Prince George’s County, and Maryland State Delegate and Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Darryl Barnes (District 25) were also in attendance, as well as 10 local attorneys who were on-site to offer personalized advice to attendees.
In some ways, the event was an extension of M4MM’s Project Clean Slate program, which provides education in various states on how to expunge past convictions for minor cannabis possession offenses.
“It was an idea of wanting to do something to really capitalize on the fact that we’re still seeing more black and brown people being arrested for cannabis,” M4MM Executive Director, CEO and Founder Roz McCarthy said. “Hope Wiseman … [is] our state director for our chapter in Maryland. She has a beautiful space that could accommodate us [during the] COVID-19 [pandemic]. … We just brought our minds together and made it happen.”
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Mary & Main co-owner Hope Wiseman (second from left), M4MM Executive Director, CEO and Founder Roz McCarthy (second from right) and Vireo Health Director of Medical Education Dr. Paloma Lehfeldt (right) came together to offer the free expungement clinic at Mary & Main’s dispensary in Capitol Heights, Md.
In addition to cannabis convictions, attendees could also clear any eligible misdemeanor charge from their records at the event, which was held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET in the upstairs of Mary & Main’s dispensary as part of the company’s two-year anniversary celebration.
The dispensary offered specials and deals during the event, as well as