Nobody should have to die in prison over an herb.
Covid-19 is running rampant in the United States and around the world, and it is already beginning to appear in our overcrowded prison system.
While state governments continue to collect cannabis tax revenue and deem it an “essential” business during state-wide shutdowns, over 44,000 Americans are still in prison for nonviolent cannabis offenses.
As the rest of us take shelter and isolate, these people can do nothing to protect themselves from this virus. Social distancing is not possible for prisoners. As soon as one inmate becomes infected, the virus can spread throughout the facility, and be taken home by corrections officers and staff. An outbreak in the prison system will ultimately contribute to community spread, causing needless suffering and death.
Now is the time for our elected officials to reduce prison populations. People will die if they don’t.
How to Get Involved:
At Oregano.com, we are raising awareness for The Last Prisoner Project, a charity devoted to bringing restorative justice for victims of the war on drugs.
The first thing that you can do to help is to sign the petition that the Last Prisoner Project has started to encourage the US government and President Trump to take immediate action on this issue.
If you are able to make a personal donation to The Last Prisoner Project, you may do so via their website. If you are unable to donate, please share the petition and the content on Oregano.com with your network to help us reach a wider audience.
If you are a business owner, you can become an Oregano.com sponsor by making a $250 donation to The Last Prisoner Project. Forward your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add your business name & website link to our list of sponsors.
Who We Are:
OREGANO is a satirical cannabis outlet intended to promote awareness of the human toll of cannabis prohibition, and to advocate for a better industry.
We had planned to announce Oregano as a fundraising partnership for Last Prisoner Project on April 1st, but due to the pandemic we decided to launch early to help get the word out about incarcerated people who are vulnerable to Covid-19.
Oregano’s content is written by the editorial team behind Ganjapreneur, the leading grassroots news outlet and business journal for the cannabis industry. At Oregano, our work is guided by three defining principles:
- That nobody should be sentenced to death over an herb. In the face of Covid-19, that is the reality that many cannabis prisoners are facing. The government has no business keeping people locked up for conducting business that is now deemed “essential” to public life — all cannabis prisoners need to be released now.
- That anyone who is benefiting financially from cannabis legalization should be an ardent advocate for the release of cannabis prisoners, and should contribute whatever they can to the cause. Nobody else is fighting for them, so it is our responsibility.
- That cannabis industry operators should seek to counteract the decades of propaganda and demonization of cannabis by maintaining the highest standards for ethics and integrity. Our goal should not be to build just another industry, it should be to build a better industry.