Legal weed has been legalized in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
The news came as legal aid society chief executive officer John O’Sullivan welcomed the move.
“Legalization of cannabis has given legal aid workers a new avenue for providing critical services to individuals, including housing, employment, medical and mental health services, and child welfare,” he said in a statement.
“It’s great news for millions of Americans who struggle to access healthcare, education and employment.”
But many of those who have embraced the drug say it has made life harder for people who are otherwise already on social welfare.
“There’s not a lot of work for them,” said Sarah O’Connor, an employment lawyer in San Francisco who has worked with legal aid for more than 10 years.
“A lot of people are having a hard time finding jobs because they can’t get housing.”
The number of legal aid lawyers who were employed by private firms in 2016 had nearly halved, to 4,821, from 6,835 in 2014.
Legal aid is one of the most important parts of the job for legal aid groups, which often have offices in cities and towns.
But O’Brien said legal aid was also hit hard by the financial downturn.
“We have a huge population of people in need of legal services, who need help getting their benefits,” he told Fox News.
“That’s one of their main reasons for coming into legal aid.”
A legal aid spokeswoman declined to comment on O’Connells statement.
O’Conner said the legal aid movement was “one of the last bastions of the civil rights movement.”
She noted that the civil right movement started when black people were able to get voting rights.
Legal help workers have been helping to provide jobs for the disabled for more to than a century, she said.
But legal aid officials say that’s no longer the case.
“The number of people who get job training is down,” said Michael Shumaker, who chairs the American Bar Association’s legal aid division.
“They’ve had a lot more legal aid students and more job training opportunities.
The number [of legal aid employees] is down a bit.”
Legal aid says it is working to get the number of its legal aid clients back up.
But it’s a slow process, O’Connors statement said.
“When the economy is bad, people have less money to spend on legal aid and to pay for services,” he added. Ouch.