The Ounce supports National Expungement Week (NEW), a non-cannabis specific awareness campaign that facilitates expungement relief and wrap-around services to communities affected by the War on Drugs. Last year, we were the largest Neighborhood Sponsor for the DC region. This, year we will be participating in the Show Your Love Campaign, an opportunity for small businesses to support National Expungement Week’s continued community work.
50% of ALL Ounce apparel proceeds for the months of August and September will be donated to National Expungement Week. We feel it is our duty to serve communities unfairly targeted and disproportionately harmed by The War on Drugs and over-policing. The Ounce encourages other local and small businesses to get involved with this noble effort—interested businesses and buyers may access NEW’s marketplace here.
Last year’s effort helped 750 people across the nation clear or reduce their court fines/fees, which created $7,143,964 in public benefit. Locally (DC/MD/VA), 40 people in total received record-sealing advice and counsel. You can read more about last year’s (2019) local efforts and outcome here.
National Expungement Week Explained