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Organization That Spotlights Offenders

Life for Pot - Release Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Life For Pot ​Commutation

Who Have Received the Sentence of Life
Without Parole ​For Marijuana Offenses.

Breaking News
March 5 2015

Today Larry Duke received notice that he is scheduled for immediate release

Life for Pot was originally and so far remains a site that features nonviolent marijuana inmates who have received the sentence of Life without Parole in the Federal system.

Today I'm giving a bow to Michelle Alexandera , author of The New Jim Crow, and Ezikiel Edwards, Will Bunting and Lynda Garcia authors of the ACLU Report, The War on Marijuana.

I started Life for Pot in December of 2008 and put up the site in 2009.  The reason for this effort was because my brother had received  life without parole as a first time nonviolent marijuana offender.
Of course his family could not believe that the sentence could stand.  We didn't understand the criminal justice system.  He had been  indicted in 1994, imprisoned in1996, tried in 2000. His appeals were not completed till 2008 and that was when I needed to find out if others had received sentences of this magnitude.

When I started the site, a demographic began to appear. I didn't know who I'd find sentenced to life without parole in the federal system.  I only knew I was looking for nonviolent marijuana offenders.  As they were found, it was clear that these individuals were almost without exception older white men.  This has changed over the years.

It was shocking, as I knew that young men of color are inordinately impacted by the tragic War on Drugs.  The web site Life for Pot looked like a cruel and biased visual trick to grab attention and sympathy for a privileged group of white men.  It was to a great extent the result of the narrow criteria I used which required that they have no other substance in their charges.  In the beginning, these offenders were charged for life style and and drug offenses that began in the 60s 70s and some from the 80s.

I was gathering cowboys and characters from a different age and culture.  Their offenses took place before there were large grow operations in various states so they imported, although there were a couple of growers.  They had come of age in the 60s and 70s before the harsh sentencing that culminated in the 94 Crime Bill. All  the new  harsh sentencing was gradually enacted and then they were charged and prosecuted.

Of course I know that the vast majority of individuals arrested and/or incarcerated for marijuana are African American young men.  Why didn't I find any of them?  Unfortunately the harsh laws for marijuana have been devastating for young men and women of color but cocaine is the  urban drug and the harsh sentencing for crack has eroded the social structure of large areas of in our cities.

Life without parole is a significantly hopeless sentence because without commutation or retroactive legislation for sentencing relief, these incarcerated people will die chained to a hospital bed.  When the ACLU released the report A Living Death - Life without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses - the inmates on Life for Pot were featured by Jennifer Turner of the ACLU.

I had felt vaguely uneasy about what the site looked like and had for some time, but I couldn't go in another direction as the sentences of these unfortunate old men were so patently out of line with the offense.  This was especially true as marijuana legalization was creeping across the country.  

I have a site that is totally undeveloped, but is intended to address the sentence of Life without Parole for nonviolent drug offenders.  Life without Parole

High Times Petition to the President
Free Prisoners serving Life for Pot

Obituary for Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy and David Holland wrote
​the Group Petition for Commutation for
Five Senior Marijuana Offenders
​Serving Sentences of Life for Pot


Grant a systemic or group Presidential Clemency to a unique category of nonviolent federal inmates.  This group would be nonviolent drug offenders serving sentences of life without parole or de facto life without parole.

Model this clemency on the clemency granted by President Gerald Ford and President Jimmy Carter who gave clemency to those who had violated the Selective Service Act during the War in Viet Nam.  The War on Drugs has been an equally divisive war imprisoning a generation of men and women.

This site features -  Nonviolent Marijuana Offenders Serving Sentences of Life without Parole or Defacto Life without Parole for Marijuana

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To:    President Barack Obama
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Life For Pot Commutation

Life for Pot

Where we've been, What We Found and Where We Must Go