Rappers Snoop Dogg and Too Sort both recently appeared in a campaign video meant to support the California initiative to legalize marijuana in the November 8 general election.
Snoop Dogg has been a longtime supporter of marijuana use, both recreational and medicinal, releasing his own branded marijuana products called Leafs by Snoop late last year, and is often pictured smoking what is meant to be seen as marijuana.
The video was released by the California and Hawaii chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who state that the U.S. drug war is designed to target poor communities and people of color, according to an article published by the East Bay Express.
The comments made by those in the video assert this view as follows;
“Ronald Reagan, George Bush, the Republican beatdown — and now you got a city of hopelessness,” said Bay Area rapper Too $hort.
“The war on drugs was a war on African-American kids. I couldn’t believe it but the facts were there,” said Alice Huffman NAACP President for the California and Hawaii chapters
“It was pretty clear that I had had my head in the sand for too long,” said Huffman. “All the work I was trying to do in the NAACP was not going to ever amount to very much because the segment that we should be serving was the segment that was was being targeted by government.”
“That’s why I can’t vote,” said Snoop. “Now we have reason to vote and these people that normally wouldn’t vote — their votes definitely make a difference.”
The passage of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act would legalize personal possession of up to one ounce in public and the cultivation of six plants at home, and allow those with a post pot convictions to get their records wiped clean.
View the entire video here;