On Saturday, May 20, Marley Natural is partnering with the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) to host a Rise Up Expungement event in Seattle. Rise Up Washington will help men and women who have been convicted of a non-violent cannabis offense file motions to clear their criminal records. Cannabis-related convictions can preclude individuals from employment and other opportunities; expungement offers a fresh start.
Individuals must meet the following qualifications to apply:
• Must be over 18 years of age;
• Must have a valid (not expired) state-issued (any state) ID or valid U.S. passport;
• Must have been convicted of a cannabis-related offense in Washington state.
Interested participants can learn more and register for the event on the MCBA website.
In addition to the expungement portion of the event, Rise Up Washington will also feature a Know Your Rights class open to the community. Conducted by representatives from the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), the workshop will educate participants on local cannabis rights and responsible consumption.
This is Marley Natural's second Rise Up Expungement event held in partnership with the MCBA. At the first event, which was held in Portland, Oregon on August 27, 2016, 30 people were able to clear their records. You can learn more about the Portland event and participants' experiences here.
Rise Up™ is Marley Natural's social impact initiative, created in the spirit of giving back both to Jamaica and to communities that have been harmed by cannabis prohibition. Rise Up funds a series of carefully curated projects around the world that reflect Bob’s vision for an inclusive and compassionate community where people take care of each other and the environment. By aligning with causes that reflect Bob Marley’s message of natural well-being, Rise Up empowers entrepreneurial people around the world to make meaningful strides towards a brighter future.
Marley Natural is the official cannabis brand of Bob Marley. The brand launched its inaugural collection of premium cannabis flower and oil in Washington state in April 2017. Marley Natural's premium cannabis products are now available alongside its smoking and other lifestyle accessories at cannabis retailers in the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia areas.