High Times magazine has started a petition to “Free Pot Prisoners.”
HIGH TIMES magazine has launched a petition on Change.org today urging United States Attorney General Eric Holder, United States Attorney General Designate Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris to release all non-violent marijuana prisoners. Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens remain behind bars, even as marijuana reform sweeps the nation. Since its founding over 40 years ago, HIGH TIMES has championed this cause, one of its founding principles, alongside unfettered medical marijuana access and a level playing field for the cannabis industry.
While the federal government has relaxed its stance on marijuana, allowing states to implement their own laws and no longer prosecuting businesses running in accordance with these laws, the status of those persecuted under old laws remains ignored. HIGH TIMES’ petition calls for a rectification between the United States’ past marijuana laws and the current situation.
“President Obama recently commuted 20-odd prisoners serving life for a first time drug offense,” says CEO of Trans High Corp and volunteer lawyer for “Lifers for Pot” Michael Kennedy. “Nineteen of them were convicted of coke and meth crimes… clearly much more serious misdeeds than pot dealing, but the big O only commuted one marijuana lifer. While we at HIGH TIMES totally support these commutations, we have to press the President to look more closely at our Lifers For Pot and free them forthwith!”
Sign the petition at Change.org.
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