The Whole Sad Saga Of Meek Mill, Explained

In a total turn of events, I am here today to report some *good* news. Truly wild, I know. Rapper Meek Mill has been released from prison on bail as ruled by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. You know you’re living in dark times when actual justice happens and you’re like, “oh, wow, did not see that coming!”

Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison  for violating his probation. He has been on probation for almost 10 years after being convicted on drug and firearm charges back in 2007. The rapper has been released because the credibility of the officer that is one of the key witnesses in the case has come in to question, but let’s also just talk about how it’s bullshit that he could be put back in jail in the first place.

An arrest like Meek Mill’s points to some of the many flaws in our broken criminal justice system. Having a person on probation for nearly a decade is essentially setting them up for failure. It’s part of a larger system that disproportionately condemns men of color and keeps them oppressed and literally locked up behind bars. Probation often requires showing up for meetings with your probation officers and submitting drug tests. Show of hands who here has ever missed a meeting or been unable to pass a drug test at any given point.

Exactly. Now imagine having to adhere to those strict rules for 10 years. All because you fucked up when you were nineteen years old. Show of hands who here was an idiot and made dumb mistakes when they were nineteen that they hope would not be seriously haunting them now.

Cool. Now is a good time to point out that I was caught by the police for underage drinking and smoking marijuana when I was eighteen. You know what I got? A warning. One of the cops even laughed at my joke and told me to get home safe. You know why? Because I’m white. Tbh I’m sure it was a solid joke though, just for the record.

Anyway, Meek Mill has been caught in violation of his probation a few times. One time just for leaving Philadelphia county, others for having marijuana in his system. It’s kind of hard to not leave the county when you’re a touring rapper, and let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard to not have marijuana in your system when you’re a human who lives in the world. These are not horrible offenses. They should not be able to put a man back in jail and rip him apart from his family and the life he has made for himself. Probation violations lead to more probation/restrictions, house arrest, and restricted traveling, which is what happened to Meek Mill. It’s a snowball effect, leading to more and more opportunity to violate your probation. It’s a lot easier to get caught doing something when you have so many restrictions, and you are a black man in America. Mill’s latest violations included a failed drug test, violation of court-ordered travel restrictions, and two misdemeanor arrests: for reckless driving involving a motorcycle in Manhattan and for an alleged altercation at the St. Louis airport. These ultimately led to his sentencing of two to four years, which, as stated earlier, he has now been released on bail for. He’s not entirely a free man yet, but it is a victory.

The point is that our criminal justice system is clearly broken and meant to keep a certain demographic from being free citizens. I’m now realizing I started this article by saying I had good news and then proceeded to bring you all down by telling you about how fucked up our country is. Whatever, life is a nightmare. #FreeMeekMill.

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These Are The Politicians Who Are Down With 4/20

Anyone who hasn’t been living under a stupid rock knows that 4/20 is national marijuana day, aka weed/pot/cannabis/ganga…or whatever the youths are calling it these days. Immediately the image of a group of stoners sitting around a lunch table at the high school comes to mind, and guess what, one of those stoner friend groups is responsible for creating this wonderful unofficial national holiday. Who knows if these guys ever thought that weed would be legal in the U.S. but times are a changing and now a bunch of mainstream politicians think hay ayy ayy ayy, smoke weed everyday. So roll up a fat one and get ready to have your mind blown.

Who TF Supports Cannabis in Congress?

Turns out you don’t need to still be in high school to start a club about weed, because there is a bipartisan group that started the Congressional Cannabis Club Caucus. Now, idk if they all go to someone’s office after hours, put their chairs in a circle and light up like they are in an episode of That 70’s Show, but that’s what I like to think happens. Which, by the way, would be totally legal in DC, so maybe they’ll make it an open invite next time. The founders of this chill AF caucus are Republicans Dana Rohrabacher (CA) and Don Young (AK) with Democrats Earl Blumenauer (OR) and Jared Polis (CO). Their states already have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, but their goal is to have it passed at a federal level so that we can all get high. Dope.

Throwback to the 2016 Presidential Election

As the progressive presidential candidate Bernie was very open about his support of legalizing marijuana. He also “did” weed twice, and it made him cough a lot. So now we know what “feel the Bern” really means. He wasn’t the only candidate in the 2016 election who admitted to having tried cannabis at a young age. Shocker. The best was Jeb Bush who admitted to it during a debate and then tweeted out, “sorry mom.” In case you weren’t already aware, politicians are people and had lives before congress. TBH I wouldn’t trust a candidate who never even considered smoking weed in college. Also, these politicians we’re talking about are white, so they can totes get away with admitting to doing drugs. Just something to remember, betches.

Keep Going I Want to Hear More

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are all happy to welcome their old friend John Boehner to the dark side. Boehner is the most recent politician to come out in favor of legalization when he announced he is joining the board of Acreage Holdings, who distributes weed across 11 states. He was a real buzzkill back in the day and voted against legalization back in 1999. Boehner’s position is meant to help Acreage lobby with the former Speakers powerful friends in Congress. With so many influential members supporting medical and recreational use of marijuana, it should be no time before it is legalized in most states. Tiiiiiiiight.

Who TF does this Piss Off?

Of course there has to be a fucking narc and who would it be besides Jeff Sessions. He has launched a war of his own on marijuana and claims, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” I’m a f***ing good person, Jeff. Basically he wants to infringe on the states’ rights to determine their own marijuana laws… not very Republican of you, Seshie Boi. But have no fear, like so many other things Jeff has done, it will probably backfire. It turns out that he’s pissing off the 64% of Americans who support legalization, and they are going to go out and vote for Dems who will pass legislation they favor. Tsk Tsk. He should’ve realized that an election can actually still be about the issues, especially when you want to take away weed from pot heads and lessen mass incarceration. Who knows, maybe Jeff has smoked before but he just can’t recall.

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