Last Prisoner Project leads bipartisan charge for cannabis reform in D.C.


The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) spearheaded a week-long advocacy effort in Washington D.C., culminating in the 420 Unity Day of Action. The initiative, the largest bi-partisan cannabis advocacy event to date according to LPP, aimed to push for federal legalization and provide relief for individuals still incarcerated for cannabis offenses.

LPP coordinated lobbying efforts with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. A press conference featured supportive remarks from prominent figures like Senators Ron Wyden and Cory Booker, and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Ayanna Pressley. The message focused on the social and racial injustice inherent in cannabis criminalization, particularly considering legalization efforts gaining traction across the country.

The human impact of cannabis prohibition was highlighted throughout the week. A candlelight vigil outside the White House drew attention to the plight of those still imprisoned for cannabis-related offenses. Advocates emphasized the racial disparities in such arrests, pointing to stories like those of LPP constituents Bryan Reid, Kyle Page and Andy Cox – individuals who served time for cannabis offenses.

LPP urged lawmakers to co-sponsor federal legalization bills like the MORE Act and the States Rights Act, alongside the HOPE Act which would provide funding for state-level expungement programs. These measures aim to not only prevent future cannabis-related incarceration but also offer a path to justice for those already convicted.

The 420 Unity Day of Action wasn’t solely focused on lobbying. The National Cannabis Festival panels will explore the social and economic potential of a legal cannabis industry, while discussions with LPP Board Member M-1 provided a platform for directly impacted voices. The festival includes a concert headlined by prominent artists Thundercat, Wu-Tang Clan and Last Prisoner Project Ambassador Redman.

While the fight for cannabis justice continues, the LPP’s mobilization in D.C. marks continued pressure on the Biden administration to deschedule cannabis before the November election.


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