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Killer Mike Wants to See ‘Quadruple’ the Number of Pardons for People with Non-Violent Drug Convictions

TMZ has learned that Killer Mike spoke out in an interview about his hopes for more action by Biden’s administration. The latter recently commuted 75 sentences, and pardoned 3 people. Killer Mike was questioned by TMZ’s unnamed reporter while they walked at the airport.

“I think we can always do better,” Killer Mike said. “I think as many as we are letting out, we probably should quadruple that. This should also be an option for drug offenders not convicted of violence, who have to license marijuana and other drugs. They should have first bids at licensing.”

Killer Mike explained what needed to be done. “I think they should get first priority to get the state license and beyond. They owe it to them, I believe. I think that that’s the way you truly repent for a drug war gone terribly wrong.

“I think the oligarchy in this country owes the people who this industry’s been built on, that’s going to bring billions to this country,” he continued. “All the people that were outlaws that paved the way.”

Joe Biden, President of the United States announced on April 26th that he would commute 75 sentences and issue three pardons. “Today, I am pardoning three people who have demonstrated their commitment to rehabilitation and are striving every day to give back and contribute to their communities. I am also commuting the sentences of 75 people who are serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses, many of whom have been serving on home confinement during the COVID-pandemic—and many of whom would have received a lower sentence if they were charged with the same offense today, thanks to the bipartisan First Step Act.” Biden also stated that his administrations would continue to “…review clemency petitions and deliver reforms that advance equity and justice, provide second chances, and enhance the wellbeing and safety of all Americans.”

While it’s a welcome decision, as people of the industry have eagerly awaited Biden and his administration to make a positive move for those who were wrongfully convicted of cannabis crimes, many believe it’s not enough.

Advocates such as Leo Bridgewater, who is an army war veteran, longstanding cannabis advocate, and National Director of Heart Community Capital and Minorities for Medical Marijuana, believes that Biden’s move barely scratches the surface. “Setting them free is not the end all be all. Allowing them to be the first to market business entrepreneurs in their communities would be proper restitution,” he wrote on Instagram. Bridgewater recently was named one the most influential cannabis industry figures in the country. Chronic News 100.

Killer Mike was a strong advocate for the end of the War on Drugs. He wrote an article for the 2016 issue of Inhabitat. Rolling StoneHow the U.S. can fix these problems. “As marijuana reform begins to de-escalate the drug war, creating new opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship in the process, it is imperative that the people most in need of a second chance actually get one,” Killer Mike wrote. “The price they have already paid for our failed drug policy is steep enough.”

Killer Mike asked Bernie Sanders six questions over six video segments in 2015. The series covered topics like economic freedom and social justice. Part four was about the War on Drugs, and prison reform.