New Jersey-based cannabis company REEForm NJ is launching an initiative that will see a portion of the proceeds from every sale of its products in the Garden State sent directly into the commissary accounts of individuals serving time in the state for non-violent cannabis crimes, Bezinga reports.
Weldon Angelos, the founder of REEForm NJ, was sentenced to 55 years in prison for $900 worth of cannabis. He served 13 years of that sentence before being released on clemency by former President Donald Trump (R).
“Every time a consumer purchases our products, they are not only getting their medicine, but they’re also putting money in the hands of someone unjustly incarcerated for cannabis.” — Angelos to Bezinga
The company plans to provide New Jersey retailers with cannabis products that will directly benefit those incarcerated people.
REEForm NJ Co-Founder Brendon Robinson said that “social equity shouldn’t be leftovers and it shouldn’t be an afterthought,” noting that the U.S. “spent $50 billion per year on the War on Drugs.”
“I’d like to see that same energy put into remediating the problem,” he told Bezinga. “We’d like to see every dispensary in the state participating in this program, it’s truly a great cause.”
Co-Founder Stanley Okoro added that the drug war “has ravaged countless families and communities, in particular the African American and Latino communities.”
“Providing restitution to those that are currently incarcerated for cannabis offenses is one of the many steps that must happen to rectify the damage that has been done and sadly continues to this day with cannabis persecution and criminalization,” he said.
REEForm NJ is a subsidiary of the California-based REEForm LLC.
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