Russell Simmons, Danny Glover And More Support Prop. 64
A new group of well known celebrities have recently shown their support for Proposition 64, California's voter initiative on the November 2016 ballot also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The act will alleviate California’s overburdened criminal justice system and directly roll back America’s failed War on Drugs.
An unprecedented coalition of bipartisan supporters already support the act, including California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Academy of Preventative Medicine, and the California State NAACP.
“I am shocked and saddened by the harm that marijuana criminalization brings, especially for communities of color,” Olivia Wilde stated, an actress in support of Prop. 64. “Being a mother, I'm deeply invested in reform that will lead to a more just and peaceful world for all our kids. It's time to end the harm.” Other celebrities in support of the act include Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, Russell Simmons, Danny Glover, Shailene Woodley, Piper Kermon, Ty Dolla $ign, Pusha T., Common, Jesse Williams, Tim Robbins, Michael K Williams and Al Harrington.
Mike de la Rocha from Revolve Impact, who helped organized the artists, stated, “A victory on Prop. 64 will be a huge triumph for California. This one policy alone will allow thousands of Californians, mostly Black and Brown, to apply for immediate release from jail. It helps the economy. It ensures no child will ever go to jail for marijuana again and it alleviates a good measure of the racial discrimination that harms too many people. It’s a no-brainer.”
Proposition 64 has been a major debate in California. There are many for the act, however there are also many herbalists against the measure. The act contains sentencing reforms that eliminate or reduce most adult use and cultivation marijuana offenses. It also is said to reduce barriers to entry to the legal market, and will cause big investments into low-income communities that have been most negatively impacted by the drug war while saving California taxpayer dollars when it comes to arrests, prosecution and incarceration of nonviolent, marijuana-only offenses.