The Last Prisoner Project and 4Front Ventures announced this week they would partner to provide liquid disinfectant products to low-security prisons to help reduce the spread of coronavirus among nonviolent drug offenders, Benzinga reports.
4Front announced on Monday that it would dedicate part of its Washington-based production facility to the creation of hand sanitizer, some of which would be donated to prisons who need the supplies. Last Prisoner Project will be in charge of coordinating the donated disinfectant’s distribution with the Department of Corrections.
4Front CEO Leo Gontmakher said the decision was a “no-brainer.”
“We don’t believe anyone should be incarcerated for a cannabis-related offense, much less during a global pandemic. Inmates face tight living conditions which allows the coronavirus to ravage through the population thus making it a breeding ground for illness.” — Gontmakher, in a statement
When the likely effects of the coronavirus pandemic were fully realized last month, Last Prisoner Project founder Steve DeAngelo announced a petition for the release of nonviolent cannabis offenders. Some weeks later, the advocacy group also announced its “Roll It Up for Freedom” change donation program for dispensaries — the proceeds of which will be used to fight for the freedom of cannabis prisoners and to help them rebuild their lives after incarceration.
“Its really a matter of life or death now,” DeAngelo said in a video posted on April 2. “We need to do everything we can to take care of [cannabis prisoners] and get them home.”
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