In a live-streamed occasion, NBA star Al Harrington, four-time Grammy-award winner Drake, world champion boxer Badou Jack, rapper & activist Killer Mike, Meek Mill, NFL participant Julio Jones and NBA star John Wall and others introduced on Tuesday that they’d co-written and signed a letter to President Joe Biden requesting a basic pardon for “all persons subject to federal criminal or civil enforcement on the basis of a nonviolent marijuana offense.”
The letter to President Biden, spearheaded by Weldon Angelos of the Weldon Project/Mission Green and Academy for Justice Director Erik Luna, contains signatures from some 150 artists, athletes, producers, lawmakers, regulation enforcement officers, teachers, enterprise leaders, coverage specialists, reform advocates and different professionals.
Angelos, together with Luna, Harrington and Ralo, additionally participated within the live-streamed occasion by which they mentioned the letter to President Biden and emphasised the decision for clemency.
The tales of these it will assist are compelling, Angelos instructed Benzinga, noting that Drake, Lil Baby, Meek Mill, Killer Mike and dozens of different hip-hop artists signed on the letter in assist of their pal and fellow rapper Ralo, who’s dealing with eight years for a nonviolent marijuana offense.
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“I appreciate my friends and peers in the hip-hop community, such as Drake & Killer Mike, for supporting my clemency because it’s just not right that corporations are allowed to violate federal law and become millionaires while people like myself go to prison for years,” Ralo stated. “This is hypocrisy. But I am hopeful that Joe Biden will honor his campaign promise and grant us clemency, without delay, so that we can return home to our families and communities.”
Angelos added, “The long-term effects on the formerly incarcerated for federal marijuana convictions go beyond the prison walls, making it difficult if not impossible for someone to get a job, have access affordable housing, educational loans etc. They’re limited in so many ways that people don’t realize when they just want to begin again and contribute to society. Enough is enough. No one should be locked up in federal prison for marijuana.”
Why It Matters
It is necessary to notice that three-quarters of the states have deserted the federal authorities’s felony ban in favor of a secure, regulated hashish program, but, greater than a half-million people are arrested annually for marijuana-related offenses.
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“It’s time for the federal government to say the Drug War is over when it comes to marijuana,” stated Prof. Luna, two-time Fulbright Award winner whose scholarship usually explores the criminalization of victimless crimes. “With the stroke of a pen, President Biden can help end the national criminal prohibition of marijuana, a crude policy that has wrought havoc for nearly a century.”
Biden Campaign Promise
“When Biden ran for president, he promised to take action and use the pardon power of the presidency to release those serving prison time for marijuana and pardon their felony convictions,” Angelos stated. “At a time when dispensaries are as prevalent as liquor stores in some states, it is time for President Biden to now make good on that promise.”
Luke Scarmazzo, at the moment serving 22 years for working a state-compliant medical marijuana dispensary in Modesto, CA. is hopeful the President will do the proper factor.
“The letter delivered to President Biden today demonstrates that the public no longer supports these incarcerations,” Scarmazzo stated in a press assertion. “And I pray the President fulfills his campaign promise of releasing cannabis prisoners and expunging our records. The country is urging him to act.”