Article by James McClure, Civilized.
The fight to end marijuana prohibition in California just got some reinforcements from the entertainment industry. Here are 10 celebrities who have endorsed California’s Proposition 64 – a 2016 ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana use in the Golden State.
“This November, there are many important reasons why we should go to the polls. In California, the question on whether to legalize marijuana for adult use is a policy change that will have a lasting impact on historically marginalized communities. Marijuana laws have been used as a tool by law enforcement to racially profile, harass, intimidate and criminalize mostly young African American and Latino men for decades. Ending the arrest and conviction of adults who use and sell marijuana is a social justice issue and simply a smart, sensible and practical policy solution for the mass arrests in and the over surveillance of racially targeted communities.
“Prop. 64 creates a safe, legal system for use of marijuana. Legalization is about reducing harm by expunging the records of those arrested for possession or sale of small amounts of marijuana, offering drug counseling and treatment, investing revenues in repairing communities damaged by a flawed policy and safeguarding poor and vulnerable communities from over-surveillance and criminalization.
“If we truly care about radically reducing the number of people in our jails and prisons for nonviolent recreational use of marijuana; the consequential destabilization to families and communities; and, the crisis of prisoner re-entry into over-policed and economically neglected communities – Prop 64 is an opportunity to send a strong public policy message. Please vote YES on Prop. 64.”