Rapper and Co-founder of pioneering cannabis company Cookies – Berner – is joining forces with cannabis campaign group the Last Prisoner Project to highlight the cannabis incarceration of 10-year Air Force veteran Robert Deales.
The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) works to free incarcerated cannabis prisoners in light of the development of the legal industry.
The non-profit has teamed up with renowned cannabis industry entrepreneur Berner, Co-Founder and CEO of Cookies, the company that has developed popular strains such as Girl Scout Cookies and Runtz.
LPP and Berner have launched the #FreeRobertDeals campaign to spotlight the unjust imprisonment of Robert Deals, a 10-year Air Force veteran currently serving his 12th year of an 18-year sentence in a Yuma, Arizona prison for cannabis-related charges.
The campaign aims to raise awareness about the injustice of Robert Deals’ case, prompt action towards securing his release and reunite him with his family.
Alicia Deals, Robert’s daughter, has turned her family’s biggest burden into their family’s biggest blessing by opening the first Cookies dispensary with a social equity license in Arizona and using her platform to advocate for her father’s release.
Alicia commented: “We are using the power of our growing voice to raise awareness about my dad’s unjust sentence and to bring him home.”
Berner stated: “The injustices faced by Robert Deals and countless others highlight the urgent need for reform in our legal system. As a community, we cannot stand idly by while lives are unjustly altered by outdated laws.”
Through the #FreeRobertDeals campaign, LPP and Berner are calling on supporters to urge the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency and Governor Katie Hobbs to re-evaluate Robert’s case and grant clemency.
“We are underscoring the urgent need to free individuals like Robert Deals. By shedding light on the human stories behind these convictions and we hope to prevent further injustices,” said LPP Executive Director, Sarah Gersten.
LPP is encouraging the public to share on social media using the hashtag #FreeRobertDeals and take action at www.lastprisonerproject.org/freerobertdeals.