New Solutions Marijuana Reform: Consequences of Arrest and/or Conviction

Instead of improving the safety of our communities, our marijuana laws make criminals out of millions of otherwise law-abiding people and impose a lifetime of punishment on those who are convicted. A marijuana conviction subjects an individual to a system of legal discrimination that makes it difficult or impossible to secure employment, housing, student loans, or even a driver’s license. Even without a conviction, the collateral consequences of an arrest can include untold stigma and humiliation, the unmanageable financial burden of a criminal court proceeding and lost hours at work or school.

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