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.
Please grant me a pardon for a non-violent first offense. I am unable to move forward with my life. Four years ago, I herniated a disc in my back and was unable to work. I lost my job and became desperate to keep my home, my car and my dogs. I made a desperate and unwise decision to grow marijuana instead of applying for government assistance. I did not want to be a burden on the state when so many others are more deserving. The police followed me home from a hydroponics store and arrested me once they found out what I was doing. First, I believe it is unconstitutional to sit outside of a legal business and profile people as they come out of a store. Second, I believe I was profiled by my age and race. When the police came into my home, they seized pictures of me taken with people of African descent and left the pictures of me taken with white people. Third, I believe my punishment was extremely harsh for a first offense; when they arrested me, I had $165 to my name. I lost my job, my home, and my car and payed my dept to the state. The court sent me a letter granting me my civil rights back; but isn't it my civil right to work a job that I am qualified for and contribute to society through taxes, consumerism and good will? Every job application and rental application asks me about my criminal past and as soon as I check yes, I am discarded. This is unethical, immoral and the sole reason why people who are really not criminals are subjected to horrific discrimination and oppression. Please Governor Brewer, help me move forward with my life and seal my record so I can prosper like every hard working American deserves.
David Michael Sanders