Green Thumb Industries Announces Partnership with Final Prisoner Project Releases Quick 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 corporation and owner of Rise™ and Essence retail shops, now announced the corporation has partnered with Final Prisoner Project (LPP) on an integrated marketing and advertising campaign, which includes a quick documentary, social media advocacy, digital promotions and in-shop applications to raise awareness and funds for LPP’s critical perform.

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

The centerpiece of the campaign is a quick documentary, “Waiting to Breathe,” made in-home by Green Thumb. The film highlights the story of Evelyn LaChapelle, a existing LPP Advisor who served extra than 5 years in prison for a cannabis-associated offense and has considering the fact that rebuilt her life with her young daughter with assistance from LPP.

Following her release, LaChapelle was fired from a job when the corporation discovered about her previous. “When I got fired it was like you are not carried out serving your sentence,” stated LaChapelle, who presently operates in the legal cannabis market in California. “It was like this is never ever going to go away. It leaves you with an quantity of hopelessness.”

Sarah Gersten, Executive Director and Common Counsel of LPP stated: “Evelyn’s story truly 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 complicated it was for her to locate employment, watching her struggle by means of all of that truly gave us the insight to refocus our efforts, not just on releasing people from incarceration but functioning with them to assure that they have the sources they have to have to effectively reenter.”

According to a variety of sources:

  • An estimated 40,000 people today are presently 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 System, 2018)
  • Black people today are three.64 occasions extra most likely than white people today to be arrested for cannabis possession but are no extra most likely to sell or use cannabis. (Supply: ACLU)

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

Green Thumb Corporate Social Duty Director Michael Fields stated: “By partnering with LPP, Green Thumb hopes to raise awareness of actual people today like Evelyn whose lives and households have been positively impacted by LPP, and to give monetary assistance to LPP which serves as a very important resource for former cannabis inmates transitioning to a prosperous life following incarceration.”

About Green Thumb Industries

Green Thumb Industries Inc. (“Green Thumb”), a national cannabis customer packaged goods corporation and retailer, promotes nicely-becoming by means of the energy of cannabis although providing back to the communities in which it serves. Green Thumb manufactures and distributes a portfolio of branded cannabis items which includes Beboe, Dogwalkers, Dr. Solomon’s, incredibles, Rythm and The Really feel Collection. The corporation also owns and operates quickly increasing national retail cannabis shops named Rise™ 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 people today and serves thousands of sufferers and shoppers every single year. The corporation was named a Very best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Enterprise and MG Retailer magazine in 2018 and 2019. A lot more information and facts is accessible at GTIgrows.com.

About Final Prisoner Project

The Final Prisoner Project (LPP) is a coalition of cannabis market leaders, executives and artists devoted to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis market. LPP is devoted 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 market, there remains the basic injustice inflicted upon these who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of these convictions. By way 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 devoted to creating positive that every single final victimless cannabis prisoner walks totally free. Check out www.LastPrisonerProject.org or text FREEDOM to 24365 to donate and discover extra.

Supply: Green Thumb Industries

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

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