—COVID-19 crisis escalates need to reduce mass incarceration, overcrowding by releasing all nonviolent cannabis prisoners now—
Boulder, Colo. (April 9, 2020)—Even as millions of Americans, without fear of arrest, order gummies, flower and vapes from their local dispensaries in states where cannabis is legal, more than 40,000 Americans remain behind bars, convicted of crimes involving marijuana and facing mass incarceration in prisons and jails highly susceptible to a COVID-19 outbreak given overcrowding, lack of resources and little access to medical care. The Last Prisoner Project, with the support of Wana Brands, is calling on the President and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to take the necessary steps to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on our incarcerated communities. Wana has been named a “Partner For Freedom” by the Last Prisoner Project. As part of its commitment to help end this ongoing injustice, the company will donate $1,000 in proceeds from sales to the group every month.
“Wana recognizes the radical unfairness of having people in prison, many of them serving very long sentences, for doing exactly what we are now doing: selling cannabis products. We need to get those people out of there as quickly as possible. We don’t deserve to be in jail, and neither do they,” said Nancy Whiteman, CEO, Wana Brands. “Ours is but one small part in the much larger steps that organizations like Last Prisoner Project and others are taking in an effort to rectify the damages done to our communities by an unfounded and failed war on drugs. We hope to be part of these important social and criminal justice changes for a long time to come.”
“The Last Prisoner Project is thrilled to welcome Wana Brands, a widely recognized industry leader, to our Partner For Freedom program,” said Steve DeAngelo, founder of the Last Prisoner Project and a longtime cannabis-rights advocate and entrepreneur. “Companies participating in this program contribute at least $1,000 per month to LPP and can be identified by the LPP breaking chains logo on their products and websites. We urge cannabis consumers to vote with their dollars and support those cannabis companies like Wana, that are supporting the most vulnerable members of our community, especially as jails and prisons have now become the sites of the most concentrated coronavirus outbreaks in the world. Yesterday, it was a matter of simple justice; today it is a matter of life and death.”
To get involved, sign the Last Prisoner Project Change.org Petition urging the President and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to take the necessary steps to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on incarcerated communities. Get updates from constituents on the inside. And donate to the Last Prisoner Project’s emergency relief fund.
From the beginning, Wana has made it a priority to give back to the community. Since implementing its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program in April 2019, Wana has built solid relationships with organizations that provide basic human needs services. In 2019, Wana exceeded its goal with Wana staff and friends giving over 600 volunteer hours to local nonprofits.
Wana Brands: Enhance Your Life.
Included in the 2019 Inc. 5000 list at #1536 and boasting a three-year growth rate of 269%, Wana Brands is the No. 1 edibles brand in the United States, with more dollars sold than any other brand, according to BDS Analytics 2019 Brand Share Report. Wana leads the industry in quality, consistency and potency, providing a range of different options that enable customers to create the specific cannabis experience they want. Wana products offer diverse product forms including edibles, vapes, and extended-release capsules, four different CBD/THC ratios as well as a variety of different dosages, onset times and duration of effects. The portfolio is designed so products can be used singly or in combination to address specific health, wellness, and recreational needs. Wana products are available in Colorado, California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, Oregon and Oklahoma dispensaries, with Maryland, Missouri and Florida (as regulations allow) among the states imminently coming online. Wana Brands will also expand internationally to Canada in 2020. For more information or to subscribe to Wana’s e-newsletter, visit www.wanabrands.com. Follow Wana on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.
Wana Brands Media Contact
Shawna McGregor, [email protected]
About Last Prisoner Project
The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) is a coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry. As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of those convictions. Through intervention, advocacy and awareness campaigns, the forces behind the Last Prisoner Project will work to redress the past and continuing harms of these unjust laws and policies and are dedicated to making sure that every last victimless cannabis prisoner walks free. Visit www.LastPrisonerProject.org or text FREEDOM to 24365 to donate and learn more.
LPP Media Contacts
Linda Carbone, [email protected]
Katie Leggett, [email protected]