Master P declares 5/20 “Cannabis Freedom Day” in fight to change marijuana laws
Master P discussed his fight for those convicted of low-grade marijuana offenses ahead of his Cannabis Freedom Day benefit concert in Norfolk, Va., on Friday, May 20.
“Cannabis Freedom Day is 5/20, we celebrate it. We have a gig in Virginia, and it’s all about Cannabis Freedom Day,” he said. TMZ. “This is about letting people out of jail who have a petty case of marijuana, $50 to $100 worth of marijuana. These guys shouldn’t be incarcerated.
The Louisiana native spoke about the state of California releasing 60,000 people free and noted that his home state is “starting to come around”, freeing 10,000 people.
However, Master P reflected on the many people who remain “incarcerated, away from their families” and unable to work. “When they get out, it will be difficult for them to find a job,” he said. “A lot of these incarcerated mothers and fathers should be free, so we’re going to do our part.”
Master P talks about changing the game
Master P also spoke about his mission to help people with old convictions enter the legal cannabis industry. “We are really trying to change the game,” he added. “So now we don’t have to do it illegally, which a lot of people do. It will definitely change the game,” he said.
Last year, Master P spoke to AllHipHop about Cannabis Freedom Day and his plans to turn 05/20 into a national holiday. He also brought up the case of fellow Louisiana native Fate Vincent Winslow, who was sentenced to life in prison for $20 worth of marijuana. Winslow died in May 2021, months after being released early from incarceration in 2020.
“If you’re a criminal and you commit serious crimes, you should be incarcerated,” Master P said. “But for $5, $10, $20, even $100 worth of cannabis, you shouldn’t be incarcerated. Hopefully Louisiana opens up like other states are opening up.
Master P will raise awareness of Cannabis Freedom Day with his concert on the No Limit Reunion tour on Friday, May 20. Mystikal, Silkk, Mia X, Fiend, Mr. Serv-on, Choppa Style, Mercedes and Juvenile will join him on stage.