Every man deserves the right to a second chance. My name is David Sanders, I suffer from PTSD, scoliosis and depression. I use medical marijuana to help me sleep and cope with severe pain. Four years ago, I was arrested for growing marijuana. I was found guilty and branded a felon. Arizona does not expunge first time offenders, even if it was a non-violent first offense. I am a college student with a 3.9 GPA, I volunteer at multiple animal rescue organizations training dogs with serious behavior problems. I have rescued and trained dozens of unwanted dogs that were able to find forever homes due to my training and behavior modification. I was recently invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and added to Rio Salado's Dean's List of Academic Excellence. It has been four years since my arrest and I am unable to get a good job or rent a nice home. Recently I was offered a job in the medical marijuana industry and then denied by the Arizona Health Department due to my one and only conviction. Without a good job, I will be unable to move forward with my life and continue my education as an animal behaviorist. This job will enable me to pay my own way through college without the burden of student loans. I need the help of the American people to regain my true civil rights and become a contributing member of society. I have never hurt anyone in my life and I do not deserve to be ostracized by state and federal government organizations, when they are making millions of dollars for allowing the very thing I was arrested for. Thank you all so much for your support.
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