The Last Prisoner Project (LPP), a cannabis advocacy group fighting to free all prisoners who are incarcerated on cannabis charges, has launched its new “Roll It Up for Freedom” program for dispensaries. The fundraising push encourages cannabis buyers at participating dispensaries to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar as a donation to LPP, who will use the money in their push to set cannabis prisoners free and help them rebuild their lives after incarceration.
There are currently more than 40,000 prisoners locked up in the U.S. on cannabis charges. LPP has been scrambling to pressure lawmakers and government officials in anticipation of the immediate and potentially lethal danger for prisoners posed by the novel coronavirus.
LPP founder Steve DeAngelo described the program in a video statement posted to LinkedIn:
“Delivery, brick-and-mortar, it doesn’t matter — if you retail cannabis, this message is for you. … It’s really a matter of life and death now. We need to do everything we can to take care of [cannabis prisoners] and get them home.” — Steve DeAngelo, in a statement
“Last Prisoner Project has been working around the clock to provide assistance to cannabis prisoners during the COVID-19 crisis,” said LPP’s Managing Director Mary Bailey. “The Roll It Up program will bring in much-needed donations so that we can continue to assist prisoners with their release and help them to rebuild their lives.”
Want to help? Dispensaries and other cannabis retailers who want to participate in the Roll It Up for Freedom program should contact LPP’s Managing Director Mary Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to the Last Prisoner Project resource page now to sign a petition for the emergency release of prisoners or find resources for contacting your local and state officials.
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