Action needed y'all! Sign our petition and join Legalize Appalachia in demanding equitable cannabis legalization and decriminalization in Appalachia and the Prohibition South.
PROHIBITION HURTS OUR COMMUNITIES IN BIG WAYS
47 million - Southerners living under the weight of cannabis prohibition in the Central and Southern Appalachian states of AL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN and WV. [SOURCE]
669k - People arrested for cannabis possession and sales from 2015-2020 in the Appalachian states of AL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA and WV. [SOURCE]
3.64x - Average rate that Black people in the US are more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than white people, despite comparable usage rates. In Kentucky and West Virginia, that number is 9.36 and 7.31 respectively, placing two of the top five worst states for racial disparities among marijuana arrests firmly in Appalachia. [SOURCE]
$2,000-$20,000 - Average cost to defend a cannabis arrest. This is just attorney fees needed to get a pre-trial deal and doesn’t include trial costs, court fines, travel expenses, loss of work, childcare, mental health / therapy, or future fiscal, housing and employment impacts. [SOURCE]
This action is for folks inside and outside the region who care about cannabis justice for those who are living under continued prohibition. Each signature sends an email to Southern Governors and US Senators across the region.
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