Trump pardons cannabis prisoners on final day in office

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In a flurry of last-minute executive clemency grants, former U.S. president Donald Trump pardoned at least 10 individuals imprisoned on cannabis-related offences.  According to a  news release from The Last Prisoner Project (LPP), many of the individuals were facing life sentences without the possibility of parole.  Last Prisoner Project to expand operations into six additional U.S. states, receives boost from Greenlane Holdings After 32 years, America’s longest serving non-violent cannabis prisoner to be released next month ‘Inmates are genuinely scared’: Why cannabis advocates are calling for the release of detained offenders LPP, a non-profit dedicated to cannabis criminal justice reform, had been working with the White House and the Office of the Pardon Attorney to advocate for the release of the prisoners, including co-sponsoring multiple petitions alongside the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  “It is our sincere hope that today’s news will catalyze a systemic shift in the utilization of executive clemency power, and we look forward to working with the Biden administration to bring relief to the estimated 40,000 individuals still suffering behind bars due to our country’s unjust and inequitable policy of cannabis criminalization,” said Sarah Gersten, LPP’s executive director and general counsel. “These pardons and commutations, especially when considered in light of the recent momentum behind legalization on the state level, are further evidence of the overwhelming bipartisan support for broad-based cannabis policy reforms,” Gersten added. Mercifully, many people incarcerated for cannabis-related offenses — including our constituents Corvain Cooper, John Knock, and Way Quoe Long — will soon be released from federal prison after receiving executive clemency grants early this morning.— The Last Prisoner Project (@lastprisonerprj) January 20, 2021 One of the prisoners whose sentence was commuted is 73-year-old John Knock, a non-violent, first-time cannabis offender who was sentenced to life without parole.  According…

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