Steve started the last prisoner project the idea, very simple, he want to get every single cannabis prisoner in the world out. That is some big plan and i hope Steve will be able to achieve this.
Mr. DeAngelo said; the idea was conceived when he received a call from his friend who was imprisoned in Pennsylvania while he was raising money for legal weed operation in California.
He went ahead to organise a $1,000- a plate dinner which in total he raised over $30,000 but the initial goal is to raise $250,000 so as to to get into cases that range up to life sentences.
“It was brown and black people who first brought hemp to this country,” the wizened, pig-tailed DeAngelo explains. “And then it was championed by those with HIV, those that society chooses to forget.”
DeAngelo’s vow is, “We will not rest and we will not stop until the last cannabis prisoner is set free.”
For those who don’t know him, “Steve DeAngelo is a pioneering cannabis entrepreneur, activist, author, and on-screen personality. He co-founded several iconic cannabis businesses and organizations Harborside, one of the first six dispensaries licensed in the US; Steep Hill Laboratory, the first dedicated cannabis lab; the Arc View Group, the first cannabis investment firm; and the National Cannabis Industry Association, the industry’s first trade association. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of Harborside Inc, a vertically integrated California cannabis company.”
Steve burnt the America flag during the anti-war protest and his mother wanted to send him to a mental institution for evaluation “My Mother had no interest but my Father was leaning towards the idea.”
At age 16 he was totally fed up with rules and regulation and then, Steve left his parent house. He became the forerunners of the ‘Yippie 4th of July Annual Smoke In’which he lead for ten good years. At this time Steve cultural activism was becoming more loud and pronounced.
Over time he became a cultural activist “From 1979 to 1982 I did a lot of work.. I renovated a theater in downtown Washington .. I worked in venues…. . in music and festival production. I would put together 3-day camping festivals for cannabis smokers.. All to bring people together.”
He was all about creating a better safe space for the cannabis community.
“We needed to gain validation from each other at a time when mass media was repeatedly saying we were dangerous ‘stupid stoners’. People needed a space to come together and look in each others eyes and say no, you’re not a monster. What you are doing is right!!”
I wrote about him today because i really want to start up a project similar to this. Marijuana still illegal in my country and we have almost a total of 5,000 people in prison today for possession of cannabis. If we can get the government to release this people and rehabilitate them in a mental institution will be better than putting them in prison. I will be looking for lawyers who are ready to work with me to see if we can help bail out some of these folks who have been in prison for years without judgment for smoking weed. As of October 2012, 38,352 persons or 71% of the prison population were detained awaiting uncertain trial. Some for possession of cannabis.
Under the NDLEA Act, which came about by the promulgation of Decree Number 48 of 1989, the possession or smoking of cannabis, or even allowing one’s premises to be used for dealing in cannabis, can result in a prison sentence from 15 years to life. Its precursor, the Indian Hemp Act, was even harsher, carrying a maximum sentence of death. this is the reality in Nigeria and reading through Steve work am move to start up a project in Nigeria. I hope to find a good team and then we can help release and rehabilitate prisoners one after the other.
The prison have not in any way helped. In fact, Cannabis was the only drug regularly abused in the past month, by 26 (6.6%) subjects (all males); out of whom 11 (42.3%) satisfied DSM-III-R criteria for dependence. So keeping them in prison ins’t helping at all. We will be writing letters and also start a social media campaign for those inmates to be released and sent to a mental institution.
I hope i win this time. I really hope! If you have any idea of how to go about it kindly share with me in the comment section.
Smoke On Buddy and never stop praying for our folks in prison!