Last week we launched our first line of Delta8 Gummies; if you have not read Erika’s blog post Getting to Know Delta-8 from last Friday, I would highly recommend it.
This means that Hawkins & Clover is officially part of the Cannabis Industry! We believe that anyone profiting from or freely engaging in the legal Cannabis Industry has a moral imperative to work towards restorative justice. No one should remain incarcerated or continue to suffer the collateral consequences of prohibition and the War on Drugs which continues to disproportionately impact communities of color. With this in mind, we have decided to partner with Last Prisoner Project so that we can all work towards restorative justice.
What is the Last Prisoner Project?
Last Prisoner Project’s website answers this question best. When you visit their Who We Are page you will be greeted by a blurb saying “Our team of cannabis industry leaders, criminal and social justice advocates, policy and education experts, and leaders in social justice and drug policy reform are committed to freeing every last prisoner of the unjust war on drugs, starting with 40,000 people in prison for cannabis offenses legal in most states.”
Basically, Last Prisoner Project is a collection of people who are passionately working to right the wrongs of the past and create a better future for those affected by unjust cannabis laws in America.
One of the many things that we appreciate about Last Prisoner Project is that they are an incredibly transparent organization. They have made their mission abundantly clear. You can easy scroll through their website and see everything from their financials to who they are working with. It is great to be able to see who is part of their main Team, Board, Advisors, Legal Committee, and Ambassadors. Amongst their Advisors you will find names like Damian and Stephen Marley, sons of the late Bob Marley. Their Ambassadors include well known names like comedian Bill Maher, TV personality Montel Williams, and musician Michael Franti. Plus, LPP partners with companies like Leafly and PAX, amongst many others, to help raise funds as well as awareness for the work they are doing.
What does Last Prisoner Project actually do?
Aside from helping to educate the public and bring awareness to the issues people face due to unjust cannabis laws in America, Last Prisoner Project has three key criminal justice reform initiatives that they focus on: Release, Record Relief, and Reentry Resources. This means that LPP focuses on more than just the release of those incarcerated. They also work effortlessly to have a persons cannabis related crimes removed from their record and help them successfully reenter society.
LPP puts an emphasis on making sure that their constituents are fully freed from prison and gain freedom from the harm done by unjust cannabis laws. As part or their Reentry Program, LPP help provides financial support for housing, transportation, and medical needs. They also help their constituents develop skills through training that will make them employable. They also provide financial counseling.
While the main focus of LPP is to help those incarcerated gain their freedom, there are so many people that have not been freed yet who still need their help. Last Prisoner Project has a Support Fund that goes directly to those who are currently incarcerated and are pursuing a higher education. This Fund also goes to help the families of those who are incarcerated, specifically geared towards assisting with education expenses.
How is H&C working with the LPP?
We are beyond excited to be partnering with Last Prisoner Project so that we can all give back and help those who have been affected by unjust cannabis laws in the United States. When you shop the NSFW category at Hawkins & Clover, a dollar from every cannabis item sold will go to Last Prisoner Project. This means that if you buy a single Test Pack of gummies, $1 will go to LPP but if you buy a bag of gummies and one of our glass Peach Pipes, $2 will go to LPP. Customers will also have the option to donate an additional amount at check out if they so choose.
Remember, every dollar collected and donated to Last Prisoner Project goes to help those have been incarcerated, those who are currently incarcerated and their families.
Want to know more?
This has been a very brief overview of who LPP is and what they do. If you want to learn more you can visit their website, lastprisonerproject.org. On their website you can read all about their programs and the mission they are working on, read the stories of those they have been able to help, and you can even see how you can donate or get involved. We also highly suggest following them on Instagram @lastprisonerproject to stay up to date on what they are doing and learn more about the problems they are working to help correct.