PILOT PROGRAM RESEARCH IN PROGRESS!
We are currently in a 6-month fundraising and research period to gather data, create space for community feedback, raise $220k and expand our team of experts to best serve the financial and mental health needs of those most marginalized by the criminalization of cannabis. The goal is for phase 1 of our pilot program to open for applications by the end of 2022.
PROHIBITION HURTS CASH AID
No-questions-asked microgrants, case-by-case grants
Financial access changes everything when folks are arrested for cannabis or anything.
FREE THERAPY AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Stipends for therapy, group meetings, therapeutic hotline
Mental health is often left out of the conversation around the experience of going to jail or simply living under prohibition.
THE PROBLEM: PROHIBITION HURTS
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.₁ [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.₂ [SOURCE]
3.64x - Average rate at which 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.₃ [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.₄ [SOURCE]