Ben & Jerry’s Urges Michigan’s Governor Whitmer to Grant Clemency for Cannabis Convictions on 4/20, Calling for Social Justice in Criminal Justice Reform


Ben & Jerry’s, the beloved ice cream brand known for their socially-conscious activism, is urging Michigan’s Governor Whitmer to grant clemency for cannabis convictions on 4/20, a day celebrated by cannabis enthusiasts around the world.

In a press release issued yesterday, Ben & Jerry’s called for the Governor to take action to rectify the injustices caused by the disproportionate enforcement of cannabis laws, which have disproportionately affected communities of color.

The press release highlighted Ben & Jerry’s commitment to social justice and their belief that cannabis legalization should include the expungement of past convictions. They emphasized that the war on drugs has had a devastating impact on marginalized communities, with people of color bearing the brunt of discriminatory policies.

“Michigan has taken a step towards cannabis legalization, but we cannot ignore the harms caused by past cannabis convictions,” said Ben & Jerry’s spokesperson. “As an advocate for social justice, we urge Governor Whitmer to grant clemency for those who have been unjustly convicted and to take steps towards repairing the damage caused by the war on drugs.”

Ben & Jerry’s has a long history of advocating for social issues and using their platform to raise awareness about injustices in the criminal justice system. They have previously called for cannabis legalization and criminal justice reform, and their latest effort in Michigan is in line with their mission to create positive change in the communities they serve.

The press release concluded with a call to action, urging supporters to join Ben & Jerry’s in advocating for clemency for cannabis convictions by contacting Governor Whitmer’s office and expressing support for this initiative.

Ben & Jerry’s continues to be a leading example of corporate social responsibility, using their brand to amplify important social issues and advocate for positive change. Their call for clemency for cannabis convictions in Michigan is a powerful statement in support of criminal justice reform and addressing the disparities caused by the war on drugs.

About Ben & Jerry’s Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont-based ice cream company, has been an advocate for social and environmental issues since its founding in 1978. The company is known for its progressive values and commitment to using business as a force for good. Ben & Jerry’s has been involved in various social justice movements, including advocating for cannabis legalization and criminal justice reform, and continues to use its platform to create positive change in the world. For more information, visit

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