William Caines doesn’t have a criminal record. But he still dreads potential employers asking for a criminal record check.
He’s one of 12 workers charged in raids on Saint John cannabis dispensaries in January.
When the results reveal to potential bosses he has a court date coming up, “they’re like, is this guy a pedophile, is this guy a killer, what is he?” said Caines.
“It’s been really hard getting work.”
Caines hopes that’s going to change soon.
In Saint John provincial court Tuesday, Judge Andrew Palmer granted him an absolute discharge for possession for the purpose of trafficking, which will remain on his record for one year.
He’s the eighth Saint John dispensary worker to receive such a discharge, which means his record will be clear after a year as long as he stays out of trouble.
It’s a happy ending after 15 months of uncertainty, half a dozen court dates, and lawyer’s bills piling up.
“There wasn’t a day that I wasn’t thinking about it,” he said.
According to Caines, he and other minimum-wage workers took the fall for HBB Medical’s legally questionable business practices — while the business pulled in as much as $10,000 a day.