Managers of the California cannabis industry are calling on President Donald Trump to use his executive powers to pardon nonviolent cannabis offenders in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decisions.
The CEOs of three vertically integrated cannabis companies in California have written an open letter to the president asking for clemency. “Mr. President, you have the power to put an end to this injustice with the stroke of a pen”, Parker wrote to Trump.” Although many thousands of people have lost their lives in federal prisons in the hope of a miracle, we would like to draw your attention to one such person who deserves this courageous act”.
Coleman has been in custody since 2010 when he was arrested by federal authorities in North Carolina and charged with marijuana trafficking and money laundering. He was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for that conviction in 2013 and is currently serving that sentence in a federal prison in Beaumont, Texas. After two firearms were found in his cell, his sentence was increased by another 30 years, in addition to his previous criminal record. The CEOs are trying to help Coleman, and many others lost in the prison system as a result of dated laws.