Your Drug Use Conviction Still Isn’t the Fault of Non-Whites, Gays, and Wimps

Nope, it isn’t. Is that keeping you from a blue-collar job? Well, it is true that this is widespread.

That’s because Michigan like two dozen other states has laws on the books that prevent ex-felons like Grennan from getting the professional licenses they need to work in a variety of blue-collar trades, including cutting hair, welding, doing makeup, cosmetics, construction and more.

“It really frustrates me. I have a really good work ethic, and I’ve paid my debt to society,” said Grennan, 46, who has been in and out of state prison for chunks of his adult life due to a series of convictions he said stem from an addiction to heroin.

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