The tide is quickly turning on marijuana law in the US and the future is brighter for future cannabis consumers and industry professionals than it was in the not too distant past. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of people still suffering for the actions of a government fighting a failed and misguided war on drugs over the last several decades.

Prisons in California, Colorado, Washington and many other states are full of non-violent offenders behind bars for crimes that today would get them a ticket, a stern talking to, or a Cannabis Cup trophy.

Our fellow cannabis correspondents at High Times have started a petition to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris, demanding that they free these wrongfully incarcerated men and women.

A statement from High Times reads as follows:

“The time has come to release the long-suffering prisoners of the war on marijuana. It is absurd that people remain in jail for “crimes” relating to marijuana that are already legal in numerous states. HIGH TIMES asks that you please take the time to sign this petition addressed to Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch and Attorney General of the state of California Kamala Harris asking them ‘to recommend the immediate release of these prisoners, and to provide sentencing guidelines that will no longer imprison Americans for victimless legal infractions involving the cannabis plant.’”

As of publication time, the petition is only a few thousand signatures short of its 25,000 goal, so hopefully we can help push it over the top. Sign up here.

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