Well-known local cannabis attorneys Chirali Patel and Michael Hoffman will also be on hand to offer free legal advice about the New Jersey cannabis application process, license requirements, what it means to be a social equity applicant, whether you should pursue a conditional application, how to get a micro license and more.
“People who are in the job market have been affected by the War on Drugs,” said Hoffman, who is an independent attorney with a practice in Vineland. “This industry involves so many different unique aspects of law, policy and regulatory interpretation that having a lawyer offers an important guide through a myriad of confusing questions that haven’t even been considered.”
Legal fees for these types of services could run into the hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Hoffman and Patel are offering their services for free as part of the price of the ticket.
Getting your record expunged “potentially means a fresh start, a chance at getting that job you never could attain due to your record, or the ability to afford a home with a loan you were previously ineligible for,” said Patel, who founded Blaze Law Firm and the education company Blaze Responsibly. “It means you no longer have to check the ‘yes’ box on applications that ask if you’ve ever been arrested or convicted of a crime in the past. In many ways, it frees you from being punished for your past mistakes.”