Last Prisoner Project Spring Update

CANNABIS CULTURE – It’s been a busy spring for Last Prisoner Project! Keep reading for more updates and information on our latest campaigns, recent events, and opportunities to support our constituents.
Parading with Policymakers
Last Saturday, LPP board members, staffers, and affiliates marched in the New York City Cannabis Parade & Rally, one of the longest-running marijuana activism events in the world.
Given the recent passage of the state’s adult-use legalization bill, this year’s event took on new meaning — especially for those who have been advocating for reform for decades. The rally also saw lawmakers like State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, New York Attorney General Leticia James, and Senator Chuck Schumer—who promised not to stop fighting until we legalize federally and undo the harms of cannabis prohibition—take part. The event reminded us just how grateful we are for the passion and power of the cannabis community!

In the early 2000s Michael Pelletier was arrested on marijuana conspiracy charges, later receiving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. ⁣Mercifully, after serving more than a decade in federal prison, Michael was issued an executive clemency grant in January. Since his release, he has been able to use LPP Reentry Grant funds as his begins the process of rebuilding his life, including outfitting his home with ADA-compliant appliances and equipment (Michael, a paraplegic, was using cannabis at the time of his arrest to treat some of his intractable pain). ⁣
The auction ends tonight, so be sure to get your bids in soon. Head here to learn more.

A pilot program run by the federal Bureau of Prisons is outsourcing the prison mail management process to the for-profit company Smart Communications.⁣
While this program will no doubt be a boon to Smart Communications’ bottom line, it’s cruel, unnecessary, and threatens the privacy of all parties involved. ⁣Please join our friends at Just Detention in urging the Biden Administration to protect incarcerated people’s mail (and stop helping pad the profits of the prison industrial complex).

On Saturday, May 8 at 12pm PT LPPs Re-entry Resource Team—in partnership with The Academy of Cannabis Science—is hosting an educational webinar focused on helping system-impacted individuals learn how to break into the regulated cannabis industry. ⁣
This week’s webinar will feature insights and actionable tips from cannabis industry executives Sean Tabor, Head of Talent at Jane Technologies, Kelsea Appelbaum, the Head of Community Partnerships at Vangst, and moderator Trey Reckling, the Founder of The Academy of Cannabis Science.
While the event is open to all, the content aims to address the unique needs of, and challenges faced by, system-impacted folks. If that’s you or someone you know, please be sure to register (for free) by heading here.
Towards freedom,
The LPP Team

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