On Monday January 10, Last Prisoner Project led a coalition in publishing an open letter to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. The letter urges Gov. Murphy to grant categorical clemency to all marijuana offenders who are currently incarcerated in New Jersey state prisons. Despite the state legalizing cannabis for medicinal use in 2010, and adult-use a decade later, the letter maintains that “hundreds remain incarcerated or on supervised release.”
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With a legal market for recreational marijuana poised to launch in the Garden State, multiple groups are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to go even further with loosening restrictions related to cannabis.
"At a time where we can be reinvesting in communities, fighting a global pandemic, we're spending millions of dollars in the state of New Jersey to incarcerate people on offenses for something that is now legal," Sarah Gersten, executive director and general counsel at Last Prisoner Project, told New Jersey 101.5.
To judge by DeAngelo’s illustrious career in cannabis, the officer’s warning had the opposite effect. When a high school sports injury left him depressed and in pain, his brother passed him a joint and one hit turned him into a cannabis believer. DeAngelo never looked back. His lengthy cannabis resume includes decades working on voter initiatives to legalize cannabis, serving as a founding board member for the California Cannabis Industry Association, and co-founding Harborside, one of the world’s largest cannabis retailers.