According to Killer Mike, Black People Are Being Left Out of the Weed Business

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 05:  Killer Mike On Stage at the A3C Welcome To Atlanta Reception on October 5, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)

According to Killer Mike, Black People Are Being Left Out of the Weed Business

He believes it's high time we give everyone the green light for the marijuana industry.

Published December 15, 2016

Despite a lamentable end to the 2016 presidential election, during which rap-tivist Killer Mike went hard on his avid support for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, the Atlanta rap vet is still circling the political sphere.

For his latest move in activism, he's reaching in high places to raise awareness about the African-American community's limitation in entering the booming marijuana industry. 

On Monday (Dec.), Rolling Stone published an essay penned by the "Ghetto Gospel" rapper in which he explains how factors such as the incarceration of non-violent Black and Latino drug offenders are being cold-shouldered from the legal marijuana industry. 

Thus far, recreational marijuana use has been legalized in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada, while medicinal use is now permitted in Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota. In the essay, Mike Bigga explains that, despite these liberating laws for marijuana and the industry as a whole, Black and Latino inmates are still unfairly suffering from jail sentences acquired when selling or distribution of weed was illegal. 

"As more and more people race to cash in, it's becoming apparent that African-Americans in particular are being left behind," Mike wrote in the essay. "Although there are a number of barriers to entry, one of the most concerning is that people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes are often disqualified from participation in the marijuana industry altogether — something that states like California have begun to address with their marijuana reform initiatives."

He went on to explain that the war on drugs was largely influenced and perpetrated by intolerant government elites who targeted minority communities. As arrests for marijuana and the slanted war on drugs became massively prompt under former president Richard Nixon's administration, Mike elaborates, the mass incarceration of people of color basically became instinctive. 

"According to a 2013 report by the ACLU, black Americans are almost four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession," he wrote, "even though marijuana use among white and black people is essentially equal."

Read Mike's entire essay here

Written by Diamond Alexis

(Photo: Prince Williams/WireImage)

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