How You or Your Group Can Help Prisoners Serving Life for Marijuana (No Fundraising Required!)
How can I/we help prisoners serving life for marijuana? We get this question frequently from both individuals and groups. Of course we always appreciate donations to support our work (see form to your right), but that is not the most important thing you can do to help the cause of ending Life Sentences for Marijuana. Here are some simple and inexpensive things you can do as an individual, or as a group, in more or less order of effort required.
We started a simple petition at Change.org asking the President to grant clemency for nonviolent offenders serving Life Sentences for Marijuana. Sign the petition here, and please share it with your friends, family, and social media followers too!
Talk About The Issue of Life Sentences for Marijuana and Share Informational Links on Social Media
Most people are not even aware that anyone is serving a life sentence for a nonviolent marijuana offense, let alone that many people are. One of the best things you can to help the cause is spread awareness. Sharing information with your friends and family and on social media feeds like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, helps to educate the world. A good place to start would be any of the educational articles on this site, such as How To Get a Life Sentence for Marijuana, or any of our prisoner profile pages. Also, please like and share our Facebook page, posts, and memes. The most engagement a post has, the more importance and visibility Facebook will give it.
Life in prison can be lonely and a card or letter from the outside not only lifts the spirits of the prisoner you mail it to, it lifts the spirits of everyone around him, as people who reach inside are indeed rare. Birthdays and holidays can be especially rough on the prisoners. A quick, easy, and inexpensive way to help is just to send a card or short letter to let them know they are not forgotten. The information on our Marijuana Lifers Birthday Club page will give you dates of Marijuana Lifers’ birthdays along with addresses and basic rules for sending mail to federal prison.
We have a print version of the online Change.org petition we talked above. While Change.org petitions can be valuable to spread awareness and the more signatures they get the more that awareness they spread, they rarely result in actual action from elected officials. But real letters and actual print signatures sometimes have impact, at least to bring the problem to the attention of those who can help fix it. We use the print version of the petition to collect real live signatures at events where the Marijuana Lifer Project has a booth. You can do it too. Just click to download the Clemency for Prisoners Serving Life Sentences for Marijuana petition, make as many copies as you need, and ask people to sign with their names and addresses (rest assured we not share or even compile those addresses, they are only there to show the President and the Pardon attorney that the signatures represent actual real live people who care about this cause). Please send your completed petitions to us and we will gather them together with signatures gathered by other activists, makes copies and mail a set collectively to the President and to the Pardon Attorney. Send completed petition forms to:
Marijuana Lifer Project
2727 E Anaheim St. #4914
Long Beach, CA 90804
Write a Letter or Send an Email to the President About Prisoners Serving Life for Marijuana
Take a moment and actually write a letter (preferable) or send an email (still good) to the President of the United States about nonviolent offenders serving life for marijuana. Please keep it respectful, but let the White House know you find it both fiscally and more irresponsible for this practice to continue. Be sure to politely ask that the President grant clemency to nonviolent marijuana prisoners currently incarcerated for life for marijuana. You can also write letters on behalf of any of the individual prisoners on this website.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Taking the time to write a letter in support of a prisoner’s clemency is one of the most important things you can do to help them, even though it won’t cost you much time or money. Why? Because each support letter is logged and recorded, and this makes a difference when it comes time for the pardon attorney to decide which petitions to support. Also, the more a given prisoner’s name comes up in front of the pardon attorney and their staff, the more they are likely to notice them. Keep in mind the pardon attorney’s office sifts through tens of thousands of clemency petitions, so the more often we can keep bring the prisoner in front of pardon attorney staff (within reason) the better. The following links will help you write a letter. (Trust us, it’s easy! You CAN do this!) We even have sample letters you can just change the words on, sign, and send, OR you can even copy it as is if you like.
- Clemency Support Letter Do’s and Don’ts
- How to Write a Clemency Support Letter Step-by-Step
- Understanding Clemency, Commutations, and Pardons