America, we want MORE! The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2020

It's 2021, Happy New Year! 👀 After a crazy year and a more extreme start to a year, we are moving forward. Collectively we are pulling up our big person underclothes and doing this thing, marching onward and upward, looking inward at what we want.

America, we want MORE!

More employment, more education, more opportunities, more perspectives, more diverse alternative balanced policies, more support (the kind that comes from kindness to your neighbor, kind of more) If you know what I mean. Out with the old.

We demand the wrongs be right and justice served, period. 2020 was a year of unified frustration, it bubbled, steamed to the surface; like a pressure cooker reaching its maximum vapor levels, we whistled for change.

The MORE Act would remove cannabis from federal scheduling. The bill addresses the harm cannabis prohibition has caused. It would also expunge and seal previous nonviolent federal cannabis-related convictions for those not currently serving time. Those individuals serving time would have the opportunity to have records expunged, and even sentences departed.

Marijuana prohibition has disproportionately harmed underrepresented minorities and impoverished people. The enormous consequences of being arrested, possibly losing a job, educational benefits, housing, custody of children, and the list goes on is life-altering for individuals and families involved.

America, we want MORE!

We deserve more access to alternatives. In 2018 Kamala Harris tweeted, "The fact is​,​ marijuana laws are not applied and enforced in the same way for all people. That's why I've signed onto @CoryBooker's Marijuana Justice Act​ to make marijuana legal at the federal level​. It's the smart thing to do​."

In December 2020 Matt Gaetz (Fla R) in a floor speech about the MORE Act said that while he doesn't believe the bill is without flaws, it is a step in the right direction in bringing down unjust incarcerations and potentially advancing innovation in the health care industry in the United States.

Gaetz went on saying, “We have seen a generation, particularly of black and brown youth, locked up for offenses that should not have resulted in any incarceration whatsoever. I'm also deeply troubled that the current policy the federal government inhibits research into cannabis, research that could unlock cures and help people live better lives. My Republican colleagues today will make a number of arguments against this bill, but those arguments are overwhelmingly losing with the American people."

After reading & editing K Scot Miller's Potlife: Untold True Story, I have a newfound appreciation for the struggles people face with the stigma around cannabis use. I can especially relate to the eighties timeline references, and I know the power of cannabis medicine. I consider myself unbiased toward cannabis use in general. The way I see it, everyone uses cannabis.

Literally everyone, everywhere uses cannabis. 😆

In my opinion marijuana is helping in far more ways than harm. Everyone is happier, healthier, enjoying their food a little more. Isn't that the direction we want to go? I believe it is, and so do so many others.

The Last Prisoner Project is a team of cannabis industry leaders, criminal and social justice advocates, policy and education experts, and leaders in social justice and drug policy reform are committed to freeing every last prisoner of the unjust war on drugs, starting with 40,000 people in prison for cannabis offenses legal in most states. They are helping people like Andy, after nearly 13 years Andy Cox is set to be released immediately.

America, we want MORE!

The kind that comes from kindness to your neighbor, kind of more. Amirite? Pot Life Culture resonates deeply with The Last Prisoner Project and has decided to donate to help prisoners become "fully free" in honor of the release of Pot Life: Untold True Story. The Last Prisoner Project is clearing criminal records through "Cannabis Clemency Initiative" and "Prison To Prosperity" re-entry program to help constituents to rebuild their lives. The Last Prisoner Project also support cannabis prisoners still incarcerated beyond legal assistance through financial assistance and scholarship programs.

Here's what you can do...

If you are inspired and want MORE, then urge your member of Congress to support the MORE Act. If you also resonate with The Last Prisoner Project like we do, then please donate, HERE.

Pot Life Culture ✌

Robin McKee