Thirty six years ago, the State of New York passed into law the Rockefeller Drug Laws, which required mandatory long prison terms, up to 15 years to life, for possession or sale of small amounts of drugs.
Today, the Rockefeller Drug Laws era is finally over and the contribution of the hip-hop community can’t be denied. Finally, an agreement by the key decision makers, from Governor David Paterson to Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been consummated to dismantle the Rockefeller Drug Laws once and for all.
“Ending the Rockefeller Drug Laws is a great victory for the hip-hop community,” declared Russell Simmons. “We worked hard, turned up the volume on this issue and rejuvenated and broadened the coalition, but it was hip-hop artists like Diddy, JayZ and 50 Cent that gave this movement for change the power to wake people up and to get the politicians to do the right thing.”