NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PPG Foundation, a freshly launched national non-profit group based in New York, announces the launch of its pro bono criminal record expungement program specifically targeted at those with non-violent marijuana offenses called: Clean Slate.
Created to provide much needed assistance for those seeking re-entry into the workforce, the Clean Slate Program will work directly with persons often faced with limited opportunity, or quick dismissal, once their criminal history has been revealed. Currently partnered with Portland, Oregon-based law firm Green Light Law Group, a pioneering firm focused on the expanding field of Cannabis Law, PPG Foundation is aligning other leading Cannabis Law Firms across the country to further expand the program outside of its Oregon launch. To complete the restoration process, PPG Foundation will continue to work with businesses – inside and outside of the Cannabis industry – to sponsor applicants in need of expungements.
"It is important––for both the individuals and society at large––that we provide assistance and support for those looking to be a productive part of society."
- Lucie Ling, Co-Founder, PPG Foundation
The program, whose applicants' convictions must meet specific state criteria, will provide pro bono expungements on both a first come first served basis, as well as via a monthly lottery where winners are chosen at random.
"As commerce in cannabis transitions from underground markets to above-ground businesses, it is important for us a society to wipe clean the stigma and vestiges borne by non-violent offenders who been robbed of opportunities by the decades-long war on cannabis."
-Perry Salzhauer, Partner, Green Light Law Group For more information on PPG, the foundation and the expungement program, visit https://ppg.life/
ABOUT PPG Foundation
Over the last few years' cannabis reform has continued to gather pace in the United States. Struck by the unjust disconnect between increasingly relaxed laws and the epidemic number of people still languishing in prison for minor nonviolent drug offenses, two New York residents — Cheo Vidal and Lucie Ling — set out to support positive change with the creation of the PPG Foundation. The mission of the non-profit is to provide pro bono criminal record expungement assistance to persons with non- violent marijuana related histories.
About Green Light Law Group
Green Light Law Group is a Portland-based law firm focused on providing legal solutions to the cannabis industry. The firm's attorneys have extensive legal and practical experience in corporate, securities, real estate, regulatory, and litigation matters, and they have been providing advice to cannabis industry participants for over ten years, giving them a unique understanding of the complexities involved in both the business and technical aspects of the cannabis industry.
Green Light Law Group also has a strong commitment to alleviating the disproportionate effects that the war on drugs has had on underserved and historically disadvantaged communities.
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SOURCE PPG Foundation