Andy Cox, sentenced to life in prison without parole for growing cannabis, has been released

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After serving nearly 13 years, pro bono attorneys at Goodwin, in partnership with the Last Prisoner Project (LPP), have secured the release of non-violent cannabis prisoner Andy Cox, LPP has announced . According to a statement from Goodwin , attorneys filed a motion for compassionate release in the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of Cox, 57, an inmate at Atwater Prison in California, in December. On Jan. 6, a day after the motion was granted, Cox was released. America’s longest-serving, non-violent cannabis offender has been released from prison Last Prisoner Project to expand operations into six additional U.S. states, receives boost from Greenlane Holdings Michael Thompson, imprisoned for 25 years for selling three pounds of cannabis, to receive parole hearing in November A former firefighter, small business owner and father of three, Cox was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 2009 for his role in growing cannabis in and around Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia during the spring of 2004. Cox and three other men had planted seedlings in the forest and on the nearby property of Cox’s father. The plan, he told Rolling Stone in 2017, was to “grow some really good buds” and “to sell and smoke the weed after harvesting.” But things didn’t work out that way. According to Rolling Stone , a neighbour called the National Forest Service to report ATV tracks cutting across his property, which led to rangers discovering some dead plants in the forest and additional seedlings on Cox’s father’s property. Cox, fearing the possibility of imprisonment, went on the run for three years. “It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life,” he told Rolling Stone . “Being a fugitive is very lonely. The holidays were the worst… I never contacted any of my…

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