After 39 years in prison, the longest serving U.S. pot prisoner has been released. Cuban national Antonio Bascaro was a fighter pilot and anti-Castro exile who was arrested in Guatemala in 1980. He refused to testify against others, though it may have shortened his sentence.
Because he’s not a citizen, Bascaro could soon be deported from the U.S. In the meantime he’s enjoying life with his family.
Bascaro’s first meal as a free man was four eggs, double ham, bacon and a guava and cheese pastry.
- Federal marijuana trafficking cases declined to 2,100 in 2018, down from 7,000 in 2012.
- Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner says he’s “very close” to ending felony prosecutions for drug possession.
- In the last three months, Kim Kardashian West has helped free 17 non-violent drug offenders.
- A NextCity longread by Tana Geneva says the “arc of legal weed bends towards injustice.“