What We Do
Formed in 2019, the Coalition provides a space for community members to come together to share their experiences, and to organize and advocate to fight for cannabis equity and justice. The Coalition supports individuals and communities in the following ways:
Provides services and support for individuals to expunge or seal their criminal records, especially for cannabis offenses. We advocate to promote the expansion of automatic expungement, and to ensure anyone with a criminal record is able to access record clearing in a timely manner.
We host Know Your Rights education sessions and promote KYR information to ensure nobody else is criminalized for cannabis.
Advocate for cannabis dispensaries to formally partner with community organizations by encouraging the implementation of Community Benefits Agreements. These agreements ensure that new dispensaries directly support disproportionately impacted communities.
Using advocacy to promote opportunities for entrepreneurship and accessibility to the industry, eliminate harms by law enforcement, and promote accountability of the entire cannabis program.
We are the watchdog of the government and of the industry, working to ensure legalization benefits those most impacted by cannabis prohibition.
We welcome anyone who believes in our mission to get involved with us.
If you would like to support record clearing, you can get involved in organizing events and opportunities for expungement, assist people through the expungement process, or help promote education on record clearing!
If you’re a creative, we encourage you to engage with the programming of the Coalition, and use your skills to promote this work, present these programs to the public through graphic design, video, etc., and to help curate content for our social media!
We are organizing events like National Expungement Week, Know Your Rights, and resource fairs. We need to support to ensure those events are effective, safe, and impactful for all involved!
Donations help us continue this work by paying staff, and to help us access necessary resources to continue this work.
Because of the federal status of cannabis, even though we do not touch the plant at all, there is limited access to funding for this work.
We are organizing events like National Expungement Week, Know Your Rights, and resource fairs. Those events are incredibly important, but aren’t free!
All of our members are currently volunteers, and we hope to eventually pay staff for this work full time!
We hope to one day open up a physical office, that can be a resource center for the community.
You can donate to the Coalition on our donation links at: https://linktr.ee/cannaequityil