TRULIEVE AND FLJC PARTNER TO PROVIDE SECOND CHANCES IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
Trulieve and FLJC Partner to Provide Second Chances in Underserved Communities
Organizations join forces to provide expungement, driver license reinstatement, clemency, and reentry support for Second Chance Month.
Quincy, FL (April 7, 2022) –
2 in 5 drug arrests are for personal possession of marijuana. The “War on Drugs” has decimated communities, particularly low-income neighborhoods of color that are disproportionately targeted by the criminal justice system. In some Florida counties, over half of those arrested for possession charges are Black. Florida Justice Center and Trulieve are working to fight these disparities and build better lives for those affected by the criminalization of cannabis through a series of free second chance legal clinics throughout the state that provide sealing and expungement, voting rights restoration and registration, driver license reinstatement, clemency, probation, and other services.
Along with numerous community partners, Florida Justice Center (FLJC) and Trulieve are setting up one-day second chance events that unite legal and social service providers in eight different cities, each with some of the highest cannabis arrest racial disparity rates. At each of the events, Florida’s first medical cannabis company, Trulieve, will be paying sealing and expungement fees for all qualified people.
The first event in the series was held on February 26, 2022, at the Historic Manhattan Casino Event Hall in St. Petersburg and drew nearly 200 community members seeking a fresh start.
Attendees will be able to meet with an attorney or social service provider and receive advice and assistance with:
- Arrest record sealing and expungement
- Reinstating suspended driver licenses
- Voting rights restoration
- Clemency application
- Probation issues
- Outstanding warrants
- Free or reduced-fee medical cannabis evaluation and card
- Civil legal issues such as: housing and evictions, immigration, child custody, government benefits, and more
“All of us at Florida Justice Center are dedicated to increasing access to justice by bringing our free legal services directly to underserved communities. We are excited to work with Trulieve to help Floridians overcome systemic barriers to success and to build racial equity in the justice system,” said FLJC Staff Attorney Zubin Kapadia.
“Our mission as a company has always been to improve people’s lives,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers. “We’ve always been dedicated to improving the communities we call home.”
Schedule of events:
- February 26 – St. Petersburg
- April 2 – Tampa
- April 16 – Orlando
- April 30 – Belle Glade
- May 14 – Tamarac
- May 21 – Opa-Locka
- September 24 – Miami
- October 1 – Riviera Beach
For more information or to pre-register for assistance, visit FLJC.org
Trulieve is an industry leading, vertically integrated cannabis company and multi-state operator in the U.S. operating in 11 states, with leading market positions in Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Trulieve is poised for accelerated growth and expansion, building scale in retail and distribution in new and existing markets through its hub strategy. By providing innovative, high-quality products across its brand portfolio, Trulieve delivers optimal customer experiences and increases access to cannabis, helping patients and customers to live without limits. Trulieve is listed on the CSE under the symbol TRUL and trades on the OTCQX market under the symbol TCNNF. For more information, please visit Trulieve.com.
ABOUT FLORIDA JUSTICE CENTER
Florida Justice Center is the first and only nonprofit legal aid organization authorized by the Florida Supreme Court to provide criminal legal assistance. FLJC is dedicated to reducing incarceration rates in Florida using a holistic approach that combines legal and reentry social services. Helping thousands of people a year, FLJC’s growth is limitless.