End the duopoly

How consumers can influence social justice in weed


In the age of COVID-19 and social unrest, many are questioning the systemic racism embedded in industries new and old. Yet, of all of America’s essential economies, the cannabis industry, while not necessarily equipped to correcting long-lasting systemic inequities at large, could instantly benefit those most harmed by the drug war through reform and more just policies.

Part of that has to do with the existence of organizations like The Last Prisoner Project.

Founded by seminal cannabis activist and weed-trepreneur Steve DeAngelo, known to industry insiders as the “father of the recreational cannabis industry,” The Last Prisoner Project’s mission is stated right in its title. The nonprofit coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives, and artists is wholly dedicated to freeing every American imprisoned for nonviolent cannabis offenses, as well as bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry.

But it’s far more than a collection of familiar faces extolling the virtues of weed and decrying its criminalization, it’s also an assemblage of legal professionals working tirelessly on campaigns to release and provide retroactive justice to prisoners from the War on Drugs . “Marijuana, we know, is not a gateway drug, but it is a gateway offense, and it is so often the impetus […]

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