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Why Are Businesses Still Able To Discriminate Against Those With Cannabis Records?

California is failing to honor those with cannabis convictions, even post-legalization.

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Two years after weed’s legalization across California, the state government passed a bill that requires cannabis-related records to be sealed from public viewing. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

In September 2018, former Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1793, a.k.a., the “Bonta Bill” named after its sponsor Attorney General Rob Bonta. The bill pushed for the “automatic sealing” of cannabis records.

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It also allowed prosecutors in the state Department of Justice to examine up to 40-year-old records in order to bring justice for those arrested, sentenced, or convicted for crimes that are no longer relevant in our current legalized day. Sadly, California’s deadline to complete these sealing processes was over a year ago, in July 2020.

To make matters even worse, Filter stated that California residents, advocates, and officials all mentioned that the state has failed to serve justice to those with cannabis records, who also happen to be tip the scale with excessively more people of color than white or caucasian.

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Those with criminal records are susceptible and vulnerable to legal discrimination from employers, banks, schools, and other establishments. The case is more severe for immigrants; a mere drug possession infraction for undocumented immigrants and even legal permanent residents could lead to deportation.

We’re appalled by how easy it is for those with cannabis records to be searched and discriminated against by employers, even though cannabis is clearly legal and has become one of the largest industries in the state. Moreso for people of color, these shocking and disturbing situations are in urgent need of reviewing.

October 15, 2021
Written by BuzzMusic
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