Michigan Supply and Provisions Partners with Last Prisoner Project to Support Cannabis Criminal Justice Reform
Pledges to raise $250,000 in fight to free Flint native Michael Thompson, serving 60 year cannabis conviction
Detroit, MI (July 2, 2020) – Michigan Supply & Provisions (MS&P), one of the first recreational cannabis retail outlets in the state, today announced its partnership with the Last Prisoner Project (LPP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to clemency and expungement, re-entry programs and advocacy for individuals with cannabis convictions.
Now, through the end of the year, customers and patients at any MS&P location can chose to add an additional $1 to any purchase which will be donated to LPP efforts. To further incentivize participation, provisioning centers will offer customers who donate to the program entry into a monthly raffle for a $250 gift certificate.
In addition to local donations, capital partner AWH, a leading multi-state operator (MSO), will become the first MSO to match all donations collected, up to $125,000, for a total of $250,000.
As an expanding legal cannabis retailer in Michigan, MS&P understands the critical role it must play in reforming the current criminal justice system, specifically relating to the ‘war on drugs’ and cannabis convictions. Further fueling MS&P’s commitment is the 1996 conviction of Flint, MI native Michael Thompson. The now 68 year old black man is serving a 60 year prison sentence for selling cannabis to an informant and is a focus of LPP’s efforts.
“We cannot sit idly by and watch people like Michael Thompson sit in jail for doing something that we now are legally allowed to profit from. Mr. Thompson has more than paid his debt to society and should be freed,” said MS&P Founder and CEO Francis Perullo.
MS&P is part of the AWH family of companies that will incorporate Last Prisoner Project donations in all future dispensary launches to bring awareness to the organization and challenge state governments to reform local cannabis incarceration policies. In addition to donation matching, the company will also launch an e-commerce and text message campaign to benefit LPP.
“Last Prisoner Project is incredibly grateful for the support of MS&P & AWH. Together we will shine a light on the injustice of Michael Thompson and other cannabis prisoners who are currently incarcerated for a plant medicine that has now been deemed an essential business during a global pandemic,” said LPP Managing Director Mary Bailey.
MS&P opened two new provisioning centers last month in Battle Creek and its new flagship location in Detroit. It also operates its original location in Morenci and will launch a fourth retail outlet in Ann Arbor in the coming weeks. Additionally, AWH expects to launch a cultivation and processing operation in Lansing this summer.
To further raise awareness of criminal injustices, all MS&P locations will provide its customer with a postcard that features the story of a person who has been impacted by the criminalization of cannabis. For more information visit www.michigansandp.com.
AWH is a market leading, vertically integrated operator with assets and partners in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts and New Jersey. AWH owns and operates state-of-the-art cultivation facilities, growing award winning strains and producing curated selection of products with effect-based categorization. AWH operates, Illinois Supply and Provisions, and Ohio Provisions, and has a strategic partnership with Michigan Supply and Provisions. AWH produces and distributes Ozone branded products. For more information, visit www.awholdings.com.
About Last Prisoner Project
The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) is a coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry. LPP is dedicated to releasing cannabis prisoners and helping them rebuild their lives. As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of those convictions. Through intervention, advocacy and awareness campaigns, the forces behind the Last Prisoner Project will work to redress the past and continuing harms of these unjust laws and policies and are dedicated to making sure that every last victimless cannabis prisoner walks free. Visit www.LastPrisonerProject.org or text FREEDOM to 24365 to donate and learn more.