Corvain Cooper, 37, serving a sentence of Life Without Parole for a nonviolent marijuana conspiracy offense, has been in the news lately. That’s because if California passes Proposition 64 or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, Cooper could get a chance at freedom!
On the surface, you would think passing Prop 64, a California state law legalizing marijuana could do nothing for federal prisoners, but you would be wrong.
If a federal prisoner has prior convictions for marijuana in the state of California, Prop 64’s passage can mean a ticket back into court for resentencing. And for a prisoner like Corvain who has two priors in California for possession and sales of marijuana, resentencing from a Life Without Parole sentence will mean the difference between dying behind bars, or having a chance at an actual life again.
The Orange County Register and High Times have both covered Cooper’s case. It was also a major factor that convinced Marijuana Lifer Project director Cheri Sicard to support the controversial bill.
“I felt I owed especially owed it to Corvain to vote yes,” says Sicard. “He has no other appeals, this is his one and only chance to get back into court for resentencing, and when you have a Life Without Parole sentence, that is HUGE!”
Check out the recent press on Prop 64 and Corvain Cooper at these links:
- If Prop 64 Passes, What Happens to Marijuana Prisoners? (Orange County Register)
- Prop 64: What do the Prisoners Say? (High Times)
- Why I Am Voting for Pop 64 (Cannabis Cheri)