Green Thumb Industries Announces Partnership with Final Prisoner Project Releases Brief Documentary, “Waiting to Breathe,” to Raise Awareness of LPP’s Clemency and Reentry Initiatives

CHICAGO, Sept. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Green Thumb Industries Inc. (Green Thumb) (CSE: GTII) (OTCQX: GTBIF), a major national cannabis customer packaged goods firm and owner of Rise&#x2122 and Essence retail retailers, right now announced the firm has partnered with Final Prisoner Project (LPP) on an integrated advertising and marketing campaign, such as a quick documentary, social media advocacy, digital promotions and in-shop applications to raise awareness and funds for LPP’s vital perform.

LPP is a coalition of cannabis business leaders, executives and artists committed to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis business. The organization’s Clemency and Reentry Initiatives present pro-bono post-conviction representation to help men and women in securing release and a clean slate to rebuild their lives.

The centerpiece of the campaign is a quick documentary, “Waiting to Breathe,” produced in-property by Green Thumb. The film highlights the story of Evelyn LaChapelle, a present LPP Advisor who served a lot more than 5 years in prison for a cannabis-connected offense and has considering the fact that rebuilt her life with her young daughter with help from LPP.

Following her release, LaChapelle was fired from a job when the firm discovered about her previous. “When I got fired it was like you are not carried out serving your sentence,” mentioned LaChapelle, who at present performs in the legal cannabis business in California. “It was like this is under no circumstances going to go away. It leaves you with an quantity of hopelessness.”

Sarah Gersten, Executive Director and Basic Counsel of LPP mentioned: “Evelyn’s story seriously moved all of us and changed the way we envisioned this project and our mission. All of the barriers she faced coming out of prison, how challenging it was for her to come across employment, watching her struggle via all of that seriously gave us the insight to refocus our efforts, not just on releasing people from incarceration but functioning with them to guarantee that they have the sources they have to have to effectively reenter.”

According to several sources:

  • An estimated 40,000 folks are at present incarcerated for victimless cannabis offenses. (Supply: LPP)
  • 92 % of 663,367 cannabis arrests in 2018 had been for possession alone. (Supply: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Plan, 2018)
  • Black folks are three.64 instances a lot more probably than white folks to be arrested for cannabis possession however are no a lot more probably to sell or use cannabis. (Supply: ACLU)

A portion of proceeds from Green Thumb solutions bought in the month of September will straight advantage LPP.

Green Thumb Corporate Social Duty Director Michael Fields mentioned: “By partnering with LPP, Green Thumb hopes to raise awareness of genuine folks like Evelyn whose lives and households have been positively impacted by LPP, and to present monetary help to LPP which serves as a essential resource for former cannabis inmates transitioning to a profitable life following incarceration.”

About Green Thumb Industries

Green Thumb Industries Inc. (“Green Thumb”), a national cannabis customer packaged goods firm and retailer, promotes effectively-becoming via the energy of cannabis although providing back to the communities in which it serves. Green Thumb manufactures and distributes a portfolio of branded cannabis solutions such as Beboe, Dogwalkers, Dr. Solomon’s, incredibles, Rythm and The Really feel Collection. The firm also owns and operates quickly developing national retail cannabis retailers known as Rise&#x2122 and Essence. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Green Thumb has 13 manufacturing facilities, licenses for 96 retail areas and operations across 12 U.S. markets. Established in 2014, Green Thumb employs more than 1,900 folks and serves thousands of individuals and consumers every single year. The firm was named a Ideal Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Organization and MG Retailer magazine in 2018 and 2019. Additional info is offered at GTIgrows.com.

About Final Prisoner Project

The Final Prisoner Project (LPP) is a coalition of cannabis business leaders, executives and artists committed to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis business. LPP is committed to releasing cannabis prisoners and assisting them rebuild their lives. As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, providing rise to a significant new business, there remains the basic injustice inflicted upon these who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of these convictions. By means of intervention, advocacy and awareness campaigns, the forces behind the Final Prisoner Project will perform to redress the previous and continuing harms of these unjust laws and policies and are committed to generating positive that each final victimless cannabis prisoner walks totally free. Take a look at www.LastPrisonerProject.org or text FREEDOM to 24365 to donate and understand a lot more.

Supply: Green Thumb Industries

A video accompanying this press release is offered at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/499ec3cf-abb8-485f-8548-5b47c987258f

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