Barack Obama seems universally loved by the celebrity set, but that doesn't mean they agree with everything he does.
Rap mogul Russell Simmons helped assemble an army of celebrities and civil rights leaders to present a letter yesterday to the POTUS. More than 100 celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Will Smith, Nicki Minaj and Scarlett Johansson signed the letter, which urges criminal justice reform and an altering of U.S. drug policies.
Although the celebrities in the letter praised Barack's efforts toward drug incarceration reform, they want to see non-violent drug offenders receive rehab instead of prison sentences. "It is critical that we change both the way we think about drug laws in this country and how we generate positive solutions that leave a lasting impact on rebuilding our communities," said Russell in a statement.
Of course, he has a point. The U.S. jails more of its citizens than any other country in the world and nearly half of its prison population is comprised of drug offenders, most of whom are non-violent. In addition, drug abuse throughout the country has reached epidemic proportions and prescription pill abuse is at an all-time high, so clearly the threat of incarceration isn't a huge deterrent.
However, one person who likely won't be signing the bill is Brad Pitt. He just produced a documentary about America's war on drugs titled "The House I Live In" and praised the president's drug policy reform after Barack declared last December that he will not be "going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's (marijuana) legal" (i.e. Colorado and Washington).
"President Obama should be commended for expressing the will of the people in Colorado and Washington," said Brad in a statement last December. "The president's statement reflects a saner and more sensible drug policy, and a step away from the decades long failed war on drugs."
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