Elon Musk teases his 35 million followers and defends weed on Twitter
In a tweet this weekend, Musk asked why people are being jailed for selling cannabis when he is considered "essential trade ". It all started with a bizarre and teasing tweet on June 6, when billionaire Elon Musk told his 35 million Twitter followers: “ This will probably get me in trouble, but I feel like I have to say it. "
Musk has been the target of much controversy in recent months, claiming his firm Tesla's share price is too high, calling the refuge-in-place orders "fascist" and calling the panic over the crisis "stupid". pandemic. All of these statements came in via his Twitter feed, so when Musk turned to the platform again, the twitosphere wondered what he was going to say this time around.
Speculation was rampant. Will he announce the invention of wireless seat belts? Are Tesla shareholders about to have another nervous breakdown? Will he talk about the Black Lives Matter movement?
No to all of the above. It turns out that his big reveal the next day is perhaps the most sensible thing Musk has said in recent months.
Selling weed has literally gone from a major crime to a core business (open during the pandemic) across much of America and yet many are still in jail. It doesn't make sense, it's not good.
Musk became a new spokesperson for the archaic penal system and unjust that incarcerates innocent people for non-violent cannabis crimes. Far from getting him in trouble, his tweet drew a plethora of praise.
Cannabis sponsor Stephen DeAngelo tweeted that Musk should consider supporting the Last Prisoner Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the release, deportation and reintegration of people imprisoned for cannabis-related crimes.
Podcast host and cannabis advocate Joe Rogan tweeted, " Elon is right" page (in French).
This was particularly noteworthy because it was on the Rogan show that Musk was photographed smoking weed; a gesture that led NASA to declare that it was "not appropriate behavior" ...
Despite Musk's denial, his opinion about the injustice of the weed dealers who languish in prison is in fact widespread. How else to explain that more than 675000 people liked his tweet, or that a 2019 survey by Quinnipiac University found that 63% of Americans thought people should have their criminal records cleared for low-severity related offenses cannabis.
Sadly, it is politicians who once again lag behind the rest of America in prohibitionist views on cannabis and those who use it. One can only hope that Musk puts his money and influence and supports causes that bring justice to those falsely accused.
If he can put a man in space, like his company did Space X last week, he can certainly get one out of prison for a minor crime.