Kimora Lee Simmons speaks on NY’s drug laws
Kimora Lee Simmons
The expectant mother chooses to write about Russell’s work to repeal New York’s Rockefeller Drug Laws.
Here’s an excerpt:
“…I remember how happy Russell was when Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Fat Joe, The Beastie Boys, Andrew Cuomo, then State Senator David Paterson, then Senator Hillary Clinton and so many others from the hip-hop community came out to advocate for an end to these laws.
“…I remember the day he came home with a big smile on his face and a pen in his hand. I didn’t understand why he was so happy to be holding this pen until I learned that our then-Governor had signed legislation slightly rolling back the Rockefeller Drug Laws and had given him the pen he used.
“…Most important was the impact he’d had in a movement that was supporting families and re-building our communities. So, I was pleased a few weeks ago when Russell was given another pen-this time from Governor David Paterson, who courageously ended 36 years of biased and shortsighted drug legislation.
As a person of color, a mother of two daughters and one child on the way, a businesswoman and a concerned citizen, I believe that we need a shift in mindset. Drug abuse should be treated as the health care issue it is.”
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