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Last Prisoner Project Launches Today During National Expungement Week

Today marks the launch of the Last Prisoner Project (LPP),an advocacy organization made up of cannabis industry leaders, executives and artists dedicated to making sure that every victimless cannabis prisoner is released, welcomed home and supported by their community. The launch coincides with National Expungement Week (September 21-28). LPP is focusing its efforts on:

  • Clemency and Expungement: working to release individuals incarcerated for non-violent marijuana crimes through its Cannabis Clemency Program and also to provide a clean slate for those individuals whose lives have been negatively affected by a marijuana offense on their record through expungement initiatives.

  • Re-entry Programs: helping to rebuild lives through vocational training, occupational education programs and other resources for those previously and currently incarcerated individuals who are disadvantaged by a criminal record.

  • Advocacy: LPP will provide legal representation for the most egregious cases of cannabis criminalization, both in the hopes of securing relief for imprisoned individuals, as well as shining a light on the devastating effects of the current unjust criminal penalties for cannabis around the world.

As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of those convictions. Through intervention, advocacy and awareness campaigns, the forces behind the Last Prisoner Project will work to redress the past and continuing harms of these unjust laws and policies and are dedicated to making sure that every last non-violent cannabis prisoner walks free.

LPP founding Board Member and cannabis activist, Steve DeAngelo, believes “Those of us fortunate enough to find success and build wealth in the cannabis industry have an opportunity to make sure that every single cannabis prisoner is released and supported through the process of rebuilding their lives by providing support for clemency, expungement and re-entry programs.”

“There are over 40,000 cannabis prisoners in the U.S. alone,” said Sarah Gerston, LPP Executive Director and General Counsel. “Imagine being incarcerated for months, years or even decades for doing something that is no longer a crime in many states while thousands of others are profiting from the same thing. LPP’s core mission is to help those who lack the knowledge or financial resources to seek clemency and/or expungement and to help them rebuild their lives.”

Visit www.lastprisonerproject.org or text “Freedom” to 24365 to learn more, and check out the webstore at http://lastprisonerproject.limitedrun.com/.

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