Snoop Dogg has entered the campaign to make marijuana legal in the United States.
Clearly, the rapper — who recently released the single “Roaches In My Ashtray” — has long been a supporter.
According to POLITICO, the rapper has formed The Cannabis Freedom Alliance with billionaire Charles Koch and criminal justice reform advocate Weldon Angelos.
The alliance, which grew out of a Zoom call, officially launched on Tuesday (April 6).
Their aim is to persuade Republican lawmakers who are undecided or opposed to marijuana legalization to change their minds.
Only a few members of the party are currently supportive of the issue.
The majority of senators who may support a bill are Democrats.
“We can’t cut with one scissor blade,” Angelos said.
To pass a legalization bill, they’ll need Republicans.
After completing 13 years of a 55-year sentence for marijuana trafficking, Angelos founded the Weldon Project, a non-profit organization.
Last December, former President Donald Trump granted him clemency.
Since 15 states have already approved marijuana for recreational use for qualifying citizens, and Democrats currently dominate the Senate, Angelos is hoping that his ties to Snoop and Mr. Koch will persuade around a dozen Republicans to vote in favor of a bill that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has already said he will support.
Angelos said, “We need 10 to 12 Republican senators.”
“With Koch’s popularity, I believe that’s a distinct possibility.”
Americans for Prosperity, Koch’s own lobbying party, has a significant presence among conservatives.
Americans for Prosperity is eager to work with our allies to bring cannabis companies into the mainstream, replacing black and grey markets with a free and equal legal framework, The organization’s chief legislative relations officer Brent W. Gardner advised in a statement. Instead of being an obstacle, the cannabis trade would become a path for Americans to improve.”