Take for instance, the new initiative from cannabis clemency activist group Mission Green, which partnered with entertainers like Drake, T.I., Killer Mike, Deion Sanders, John Wall, Meek Mill, Julio Jones, 2 Chainz, and more, in a letter to President Biden advocating for Terrell “Ralo” Davis’srelease from prison.
“On behalf of Terrell Davis and his family, we strongly urge you to grant clemency for Mr. Davis, who is serving federal time for nonviolent marijuana offense,” the letter reads per Forbes. “The undersigned— musicians, actors, athletes, filmmakers, current and former elected and appointed government officials, advocates, and business leaders—strongly believe that justice necessitates the exercise of clemency in this case. Our nation’s view of cannabis has evolved, and it is indefensible to incarcerate citizens based on the unduly harsh attitudes of past generations.”
Ralo has been incarcerated for nearly three years for his alleged connection to a drug trafficking case. He was charged with two federal counts of intent to distribute marijuana after 444 pounds of weed were found on a private plane in 2018, and faces up to eight years in jail if convicted. At the time of his arrest, Ralo was bursting onto the scene thanks to popular songs like “Lil Cali & Pakistan,” and his connections to the likes of Gucci Mane and Young Thug.
Recreational cannabis use is now legal in 16 states and medically permitted in over 20 states, including Ralo’s home state of Georgia. Yet because Black people are four-times more likely to be arrested for weed than their white counterparts, many Black entrepreneurs are stuck behind bars watching the country progress around them, which doesn’t sit right with Ralo’s peers.
“At a time where so many young White people and others are