Rapper Killer Mike has a special 420 message for Atlanta residents.
The short version: If you think Marijuana should be decriminalized, support candidate Vincent Fort for Atlanta mayor.
“Look, I’m not just another rapper wanting to legalize marijuana because I enjoy smoking it – this is MUCH MORE SERIOUS than that,” Killer Mike said in the email. “The history of marijuana prohibition in the United States is one rooted in the deliberate criminalization of young people of color. And in our own home of Atlanta, the civil rights capital of the world, this injustice rages on to this day.”
The email cites a WSB-TV report from 2012 that found that, “93 percent of all marijuana possession arrests in the city of Atlanta were African-Americans, and 7 percent were white. The city’s population is 54 percent African-American and 38 percent white.”
The email concludes with a fundraising appeal on Fort’s behalf. The candidate himself has also been expressing his support for a recent push by the Atlanta City Council to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana.
“This is not an issue of whether or not the people of Atlanta should or should not be smoking marijuana – this is an issue of racial injustice,” Fort said in a recent email. “The mass incarceration of people of color for marijuana is the entry point to the revolving door of the prison pipeline that ruins not only one life, but entire generations of families forever.”
His email invites respondents to sign a petition in support of the initiative.
The City Council voted to send the decriminalization proposal back to the city council’s Public Safety Committee, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. If approved, people caught carrying one ounce or less of marijuana would get a citation and have to pay a $75 fine, the Business Chronicle reported.