Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) Applauds Governor Maura Healey’s Pardon Initiative for Cannabis Convictions

3.12.2024 [BOSTON, MA] – Governor Maura Healey’s recent announcement to pardon simple possession cannabis convictions at the state level is a monumental step towards rectifying the injustices perpetuated by the war on drugs. The Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) commends Governor Healey for her bold and progressive initiative, which acknowledges the disproportionate impact of cannabis prohibition on our communities.

As a grassroots organization dedicated to advocating for justice and equality, MassCann recognizes the significance of expungement in addressing the enduring repercussions of the war on drugs. Expungement is a critical component of ensuring fairness and equity in our legal system. While Massachusetts has embraced the legal cannabis industry, many individuals continue to suffer the consequences of past convictions, hindering their access to employment, housing, and other opportunities.

Governor Healey’s decision to pardon the records of those with simple possession of cannabis emphasizes her commitment to righting the wrongs of the past and building a more equitable future for all residents of Massachusetts. Expungement is not only a matter of justice but also a vital step towards reconciliation and healing for those disproportionately impacted by former drug policies.

MassCann encourages other state leaders to follow Governor Healey’s example and take proactive measures to address the systemic inequities perpetuated by the war on drugs. By prioritizing expungement and criminal justice reform, we can create a more inclusive and compassionate society where all individuals have the opportunity to thrive.

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About MassCann:

The Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) is a grassroots organization dedicated to advocating for cannabis legalization, social justice, and responsible regulation. Since 1989, MassCann has been at the forefront of the cannabis reform movement in Massachusetts, working tirelessly to promote education, awareness, and policy change.

Kayla Hanlon
Press Secretary
MassCann, Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition