The Last Prisoner Project ‘Demands MORE’, Calls On Congress To Decriminalize Cannabis

by Emjay

The nonprofit focused on getting cannabis prisoners across the country and the world out of jail for nonviolent cannabis crimes is calling on Congress to decriminalize weed once and for all. 

The Last Prisoner Project is backing the MORE Act that has been introduced to Congress for the second time. The organization is hoping that 2021 is the year that decriminlization needle is moved forward in the U.S. The initiative, called Demand MORE, offers several ways for people to get in touch with their local Congressperson, and a space to Take Action and write a letter alongside the organization to compel Congress enact cannabis legislative changes now. 

Called H.R 3617: The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021, Last Prisoner Project has summarized the meaning and latest additions to this historic bill.

The Last Prisoner Project
"At the end of May, Congress reintroduced the MORE Act, the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill in U.S. history. If signed into law, the legislation would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act & eliminate federal penalties for manufacturing, distributing or possessing marijuana.⁣

The MORE Act would also create expungement & sentencing review processes for those with federal cannabis convictions, prohibit the denial of federal benefits due to marijuana-related conduct or charges, & use #cannabis tax revenues to fund community reinvestment programs.⁣

It is critically important that any piece of federal legalization legislation prioritizes ⁣social justice and repairing the harms of prohibition.

To that end, we're making it easy for supporters to contact their reps & ask them to support The MORE Act. Head over to #DemandMORE to get bill details, contact your Congressperson & explore how to get involved with our federal advocacy efforts."

The Last Prisoner Project offers additional opportunities for people in the cannabis community to get involved in creating change in our prison systems. Below are three people who LPP has helped to release over the past several years: Corvain Cooper, Michael Thompson, and Richard DeLisi. 

Corvain Cooper holding the list of executive commutations from President Trump.
Corvain Cooper holding the list of executive commutations from President Trump.
Michael Thompson (@mtfree.2021) with members of LPP at his welcome home event in Flint, Michigan.
Michael Thompson (@mtfree.2021) with members of LPP at his welcome home event in Flint, Michigan.
Richard DeLisi @freedelisi - this was taken on the day he was released from prison after 32 years.
Richard DeLisi (@freedelisi) taken on the day he was released from prison after 32 years.
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