Congratulations to Chance the Rapper, who made the above statement in his acceptance speech for the BET Humanitarian Award earlier this week. Chance’s words highlight an important point: many remain in prison for cannabis-related crimes, yet in eight states, there are people selling cannabis legally according to the legislation of their respective states.
Does that make sense to you? Is that in any way fair? Should anyone be in prison for cannabis? Are cannabis laws applied fairly across all demographics and geographies? If someone is imprisoned for cannabis in a state where cannabis has been legalized, should they be set free in light of legalization? Should cannabis be legalized across all states and if so, should people imprisoned for cannabis be set free when legalization finally happens? Should or could the cannabis industry do more to assist or include those imprisoned for cannabis? Do these questions have a bearing on, as Chance says, making the world a better place?
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