Cannabis Related Non-Profits Serving the Greater Good

Executives at public cannabis companies get large salaries, while 40,000+ people are sitting in jail for sentences related to the same plant. Read on to see our list of top cannabis non-profits!

The cannabis industry is growing fast, but there’s still plenty of work to do in order to push for positive legislation, sustainability, and social policy initiatives. Luckily there are a few top-notch non-profits filling the void and advocating on behalf of the entire industry. We all know the War on Drugs (especially cannabis) is a massive harmful waste, but cannabis remains illegal at the federal level in the United States. According to the ACLU, The War on Drugs costs U.S. taxpayers over $3 billion every single year. 

The sad truth is that executives at the largest cannabis companies receive massive salaries, while over 40,000 people are sitting in jail for sentences related to the same exact plant. Continue reading to see our list of some of the most successful cannabis-related non-profits helping to move the industry forward for everyone involved.

Last Prisoner Project

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The Last Prisoner Project was founded in 2019 based on the strong belief that no one should remain incarcerated for cannabis-related offenses. They bring together a diverse group of cannabis industry leaders, criminal and social justice advocates, policy experts, and leaders in social justice to push for meaningful drug policy reform. There are still an estimated 40,000 individuals imprisoned for cannabis and the Last Prisoner Project won’t stop until they’re all free. 

The Last Prisoner Project is always busy with various campaigns and there are plenty of ways to get involved and take action. You can support the cause by shopping their line of merch or donate

The NORML Foundation

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The NORML Foundations is a nonprofit organization established in 1997 to better educate the public about marijuana and marijuana policy options and to assist victims of the current laws. The NORML Foundation operates on many fronts by sponsoring public advertising campaigns designed to inform the public about the costs of marijuana prohibition distributing a weekly press release to the national media, publishing a regular newsletter, providing legal assistance and support to victims of the current marijuana laws, and plenty more. 

You can donate to the cause here and check out this list to find your local NORML chapter to join. You can also support their mission by shopping their online merch store full of shirts, masks, hoodies, stickers, pins, and more. 

National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

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Founded in 2010, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the oldest, largest, and most effective trade association representing legal cannabis businesses in the United States. The main goals of the group and its members include leading the charge to protect the legal cannabis industry, defend our state laws, and advance federal policy reforms. To be more specific, the NCIA partners with successful businesses with the goal of expanding the responsible cannabis industry. 

If you’re looking for a career with a cannabis non-profit, NCIA hires on a rotating basis. You can check the careers page on their website to view any current openings. On the other hand, the NCIA offers three separate membership options at different tiers and prices. Click here to learn about membership and what it entails. 

Weed for Good

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Founded in San Francisco, Weed for Good is a non-profit that provides free medical cannabis and education to low-income patients who are suffering from chronic and terminal illnesses. They fulfill their mission by working with community organizations including hospitals, health facilities, non-profit organizations, and the overall cannabis industry to donate lab-tested products to approved patients suffering from a terminal illness. You can get involved with the organization by volunteering and/or contributing lab-tested products. 

Some of the current supporters and donors from the industry include dosist, level, ratio formulas, Kiva Convections, meadow, and eaze. 

Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)

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The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) advertises itself as the number one organization in the U.S. dedicated to legalizing cannabis. Some of their important duties include advocating for legislation, supporting ballot initiative campaigns to replace cannabis prohibition with sensible regulation, lobbying in Congress, garnering widespread media coverage, building coalitions of supportive advocates, and sponsoring public information campaigns. MPP happens to be responsible for changing most of the state marijuana laws that have been reformed since 2000. 

MPP currently employs around 20 full-time employees as well as lobbyists on retainer in a number of state capitols. You can view active job openings on their website’s careers page. You can also donate to the cause or look for additional ways to take action.

Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

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The mission of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic use and research. Founded back in 2002, the organization now boasts over 150,000 active supporters in all 50 states and happens to be the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens. The ASA’s duties include creating policies that improve access to medical cannabis for patients and researchers through legislation, education, litigation, research, grassroots empowerment, advocacy, and services for patients.

For those looking for non-profit work, the ASA often posts active job opportunities for a variety of positions within the organization. You can also learn more about membership here.

Browse Remote Cannabis Industry Careers

As the business of legal cannabis grows, businesses need to search far and wide for talented individuals to work in fields like marketing, HR, Software Development, Legal, Design, and plenty more. 

We know applying to a career in a new industry is stressful, but you can easily browse active remote jobs at some of the biggest and best-known companies in the industries at Herb Career. Each and every job posting is vetted by the Herb Career team and listings is updated daily to make sure you only apply to active positions.