At LabCanna, our mission is to “improve lives through cannabis”. How can we consider ourselves successful in this if those who have had their lives devastated because of cannabis prohibition are ignored? Right now, over 40,000 non-violent cannabis offenders still sit behind bars in the United States. By partnering with the Last Prisoner Project, LabCanna aims to bring restorative justice to those suffering due to our country’s unjust and ineffective crusade against drugs. The Last Prisoner Project states,
“As Americans, we all value liberty, opportunity and equal justice under the law. Unfortunately, our current approach to drug policy and criminal justice doesn’t just fail to live up to these ideals; it actively harms the health, safety and economic security of all of our communities.”
What is the Last Prisoner Project?
Since April 2019, the Last Prisoner Project has been working to repair the past and continuing injustices of the war on drugs, ensuring that every last cannabis prisoner is released and has the opportunity to rebuild their lives. The Last Prisoner Project was founded on the belief that if anyone is able to profit and build wealth or freely engage in the legal cannabis industry, those individuals must also work to release and rebuild the lives of those who have suffered from cannabis criminalization.
How does the Last Prisoner Project help?
The Last Prisoner Project works to correct the past and continuing harms of unjust cannabis laws and policies through intervention, advocacy, and awareness campaigns. They conduct research and issue evidence-based policy recommendations on issues relating to drug policy and criminal justice reforms. They also work directly with state and federal policymakers to develop, advance, and implement fair and effective drug policies and programs—urging them to pass criminal justice reform measures such as clean slate initiatives, ensuring that those with cannabis offenses on their record have equal access to employment. The Last Prisoner Project is also leading the effort in Washington, D.C. to make certain that any federal legislation legalizing cannabis also includes provisions for restorative justice.
Our Shared Values
Last Prisoner Project shares LabCanna’s vision and values of accountability, sustainability, and community.
In order to truly hold our industry and ourselves accountable, we must candidly look at the past injustices caused by our country’s five decade-long war on drugs and work to right the wrongs suffered by those who remain incarcerated for non-violent cannabis offenses.
In order to build a brighter and more sustainable future for all, we must consider the local and global impact of each decision we make. By actively pursuing social and economic improvement for all, we make our world a better place for future generations.
The Last Prisoner Project helps us consider the needs of others as equal to our own, strengthening our community and connection to each other as we help our neighbors who have fallen victim to our prison system.
‘Roll It Up for Justice’ Program
LabCanna is currently participating in Last Prisoner Project’s ‘Roll It Up for Justice’ Program, encouraging our customers to add a donation of $1.00 or $4.20 on to their online purchase at labcanna.com or at our retail store, LabCanna East in Nashville, Tennessee. All proceeds from ‘Roll It Up For Justice’ go directly back towards the Last Prisoner Project’s clemency initiative, working to release cannabis prisoners and help them to rebuild their lives post-incarceration.
“We are painfully aware of the injustices that surround the legal cannabis industry. That’s why LabCanna is honored to participate in the the Roll It Up For Justice campaign; to help those, specifically communities of color, that have been affected by the “war on drugs”. With so many states legalizing cannabis, and federal descheduling on the horizon, we all need to support organizations like LPP who fight tirelessly to release those still incarcerated for what is now rightfully legal in many places around the world.” – Derek Besenius, LabCanna CEO
Thank you for donating to this incredible cause and helping rebuild the lives of those who have suffered from cannabis criminalization.