Anybody who works in and profits from the cannabis industry should be aware of the disproportionate toll the so-called War on Drugs took on marginalized communities.
For many, the war continues.
Because even as the country moves toward decriminalizing cannabis, those who suffered criminal conviction and the consequences of it continue to struggle. It is from this struggle that the Last Prisoner Project was born.
What Is the Last Prisoner Project?
With the number of legalized medical marijuana states now pushing 40, there still remains an estimated 40,000 people in prison on cannabis charges. The Last Prisoner Project is committed to freeing every last one of them.
Founded in 2019, the LPP has gathered a team of leaders in social justice and drug policy reform, criminal and social justice advocates, policy and education experts, and cannabis industry leaders to put an end to the harm caused by unjust laws and policies.
It Starts With Reform Initiatives
Releasing incarcerated cannabis prisoners is a big step, but it’s only the first step. Without the proper resources in place, released prisoners face significant barriers. This makes reentry all the more difficult and increases recidivism rates.
Thus, LPP takes a three-pronged approach with their programs:
1. Release & Record Relief
The aim of LPP is for every released prisoner to be fully free. This means the LPP works to ensure that those who are released are also freed from the harm done by antiquated cannabis laws.
As such, their release and record program encompasses clemency and pro bono legal services so they’re able to secure freedom through executive clemency or “compassionate release motions.”
2. Reentry Resources
As mentioned above, the release is only the first step. It’s crucial that released prisoners also have the tools and support needed once they reenter society.
The reentry resources offered by LPP focus on ensuring that their constituents have financial support for things like housing, medical needs, transportation, employability trainings, and financial wellness counseling.
They also offer scholarship opportunities for those interested in pursuing careers in the now legal cannabis industry.
3. Support Fund
Finally, a portion of LPP’s funding goes to those who are currently incarcerated whose children are in need of financial help for educational resources. This money is also earmarked for constituents pursuing their own education while still incarcerated under unjust laws.
It’s clear that the Last Prisoner Project is doing very needed work in communities adversely affected by the United States’ long history of criminalizing marijuana.
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As the cannabis industry continues to boom and businesses profit, we believe it’s critical that the inequities that preceded its genesis are acknowledged and addressed.
So if you’re seeking experienced cannabis marketing professionals who also put an emphasis on ethics and fairness in the industry, then contact us today.
And support organizations like the Last Prisoner Project in their efforts to shine some light on the industry.