For decades, the criminalization of cannabis has unjustly impacted so many Americans and more specifically, those in the Black and Brown community. On average, a Black person is 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than a white person, even though Black and white people use cannabis at similar rates, according to the ACLU. As a company that benefits from the legal cannabis industry, we believe it is our duty to assist in righting this wrong.
To help do our part and turn our values into action this Black History Month, we are proud to announce a year-long, monthly donation and partnership with A New Way of Life Reentry Project (ANWOL), a grassroots organization based out of Los Angeles that was founded in 1998 by Susan Burton. ANWOL provides housing, case management, pro bono legal services, advocacy, and leadership development for women rebuilding their lives after prison. They promote healing, power, and opportunity for formerly incarcerated people by taking a multifaceted approach to mitigating the effects of, and ultimately eliminating, mass incarceration.
To date, ANWOL has provided housing to more than 1,200 formerly incarcerated women, helped reunite more than 400 women with their children, and provided pro bono legal services to more than 3,000 community members with conviction histories.
Keep an eye on our blog this month to learn more about A New Way of Life and the incredible work this organization is accomplishing.