Trulieve believes it is our responsibility to not only serve each of our patients, but also the communities that we are a part of. That’s why we establish meaningful partnerships that support working to build communities and improve lives. Trulieve began our partnership with Last Prisoner Project (LPP) earlier this year. LPP was formed by a coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives, and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry through intervention, advocacy, and awareness campaigns.
“The work being done by the Last Prisoner Project is critical to creating a more equitable and fair society,” explained Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve. “While we are proud to do our part to help improve and restore the lives of those unfairly impacted by marijuana convictions via expungement and clemency efforts, there is still so much more to be done.”
Below are results from the Fall “Roll it Up for Justice” campaign and information on the holiday letter drive. The campaigns are part of Trulieve’s ongoing efforts to support initiatives aimed at bringing restorative justice to the lives of those unfairly impacted by past cannabis convictions.
As a leader in the industry, Trulieve is determined to provide resources that empower and promote opportunities for those impacted by a system of enforcement that has disproportionately affected low-income communities and people of color.
In September we hosted expungement clinics in Florida and Massachusetts. Trulieve sponsored 125 applicants across its Florida communities to help have their records expunged or sealed. Thank you to Michael Minardi, Senior Partner at Minardi Law, who was the attorney on-site at the Florida clinics. In Massachusetts, Trulieve sponsored an online clinic in connection with The CultivatED Program, supporting an additional 25 expungement candidates.
Individuals with criminal records often experience collateral consequences that impact their lives for years after sentences have been served. Such collateral consequences include reduced access to housing, employment, education, and public assistance, as well as the inability to vote. For many, a conviction for even a low-level, non-violent drug offense can be detrimental to livelihood and opportunity.
To check the status of a pertaining state's record to find out what may be eligible for relief, search the Collateral Consequences Resource Center.
‘Roll It Up for Justice’ Campaign
In October, Trulieve donated a percentage of proceeds, from our limited-edition Freedom Pre-Roll as part of our “Roll it Up for Justice” campaign. $40,000 donated to the Last Prisoner Project. Thank you to everyone who supported this program with a purchase.
“We thank Trulieve for this generous donation as well as their continued support of the Last Prison Project and its work to address the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal cannabis convictions,” said Mary Bailey, managing director of the Last Prisoner Project.
Watch our TruTalk with Last Prisoner Project to learn more about and how they are helping bring light to unjust cannabis incarcerations. https://youtu.be/3eeIZVOmdjQ
Holiday Letter Drive
This holiday season Trulieve is supporting Last Prisoner Project’s Holiday Letter Drive campaign where you can send well wishes to those currently incarcerated cannabis prisoners. We are excited to partner with LPP for this program with both our patients and employees.
This past year has been incredibly difficult for prisoners with COVID restricting access to visitations and frequent lockdowns restricting internet access so handwritten letters can really go a long way.
The drive is being held from November 25 to December 31, 2020. Materials such as paper and envelopes can be found at all Trulieve Florida locations.
For more information about the program and guidelines on the letter-writing process – which we recommend you review and follow - visit a Trulieve store or online at http://www.lastprisonerproject.org/holiday.
Trulieve looks forward to continuing our commitment to our communities and the people most impacted by minor and victimless cannabis-related offenses and encourage others in our industry to do the same.
And congrats to Last Prisoner Project on their recent Clio Cannabis Impact Award!