Truth to Power: Restorative Justice In Cannabis

Mar 16, 2021

10:15am – 11:10am CT

Imagine sitting in a cell for months or years or decades, convicted of an activity that is no longer a crime, your family suffering, while thousands of other people build intergenerational wealth doing exactly the same thing. That is the situation that thousands of cannabis prisoners face today in this country while cannabis is deemed "essential". This panel will expose this fundamental injustice through a moderated conversation between individuals who have direct experience with the devastating effects of the criminalization of cannabis, specifically, incarceration for cannabis offenses. These experiences will be juxtaposed with the rising tide of legalization and the booming cannabis industry. Finally, we explore how the cannabis industry can work together to repair these injustices.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

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Steve DeAngelo

Last Prisoner Project

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Sarah Gersten

Last Prisoner Project

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Evelyn Lachapelle

Last Prisoner Project

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Stephanie Shepard

Last Prisoner Project

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