Common, Russell Simmons, Shailene Woodley Among Celebrities Pushing to Legalize Weed in California

Article by Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

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Top celebrities including Common, Tim Robbins and the author of the “Orange is the New Black” memoir are joining forces in what they are calling “Artists for 64” — the effort to legalize recreational use of marijuana in California.

A show of force announced Tuesday includes rapper and actor Common; music producer Russell Simmons; Ty Dolla $ign; actors Danny Glover, Olivia Wilde, Tim Robbins, Sarah Silverman, Shailene Woodley of “The Divergent” series, Jesse Williams of “Grey’s Anatomy” and Michael K. Williams of the HBO series “The Wire”; and Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.”

Jay Z, who last week put out a video calling the war on drugs an “epic fail,” also signed on to the effort.

“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,” Glover, the star of films including the “Lethal Weapon” series, said in a statement posted on Artists for 64. “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.”

I don’t smoke marijuana, but I don’t want people who do to be punished for it,” Wilde said in a statement.

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