Celebs Who Want to Soften Drug Laws
In an open letter, dozens of notable names from the civil rights, entertainment and business communities urged President Barack Obama to change his approach to the War on Drugs.
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The letter, co-authored by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and Dr. Boyce Watkins, was posted to Global Grind as the "End The War On Drugs Petition." It begins by commending the efforts of the Obama administration for increasing funding for drug prevention and treatment programs, but urges the president to do more. Suggestions posed in the petition include: re-evaluating the sentences of currently incarcerated non-violent offenders; funding more transition programs for those leaving the prison system; and supporting the Youth PROMISE Act which focuses on gang intervention and prevention measures, among others.
So who signed on? Have a look below to see just some of leaders, movie stars and musicians who added their names to the list:
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton
Cedric the Entertainer