Tesla CEO Elon Musk thought he was going to get into trouble for a recent tweet that shared his political views about marijuana, but he received nothing but overwhelming support from his 35 million followers.
“This will probably get me into trouble, but I feel I have to say it,” tweeted Musk on Saturday, June 6. “Selling weed literally went from major felony to essential business (open during pandemic) in much of America & yet many are still in prison. Doesn’t make sense, isn’t right.”
Selling weed literally went from major felony to essential business (open during pandemic) in much of America & yet many are still in prison. Doesn’t make sense, isn’t right.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 6, 2020
Musk is correct. There are still people incarcerated in federal prisons for cannabis crimes, and it is much worse in the state prisons. Even in states where marijuana is legal either medically or recreationally, there are still people sitting in prison for marijuana offenses.
Meanwhile, the 33 states where cannabis is medically legal have deemed the medicine essential during the COVID-19 lockdown, just like they did with every pharmacy who takes care of prescriptions.
There is no doubt that marijuana law is a mess in the United States. While it remains illegal at the federal level – and is also classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which means the federal government believes it is highly addictive and has no medicinal value – more than half of the states have legalized cannabis either recreationally, medicinally, or both.
Musk got plenty of support from his followers, and he also got a retweet from Joe Rogan. Fans will remember that in 2018, the SpaceX founder smoked weed with Rogan on his JRE podcast and it caused Tesla stock to briefly tumble.
Many of Musk’s followers were confused as to why Musk would think his opinion about cannabis would get him into trouble. Since the plant is legal in so many states, many people don’t realize that it is still illegal in many places and people are still in prison for it. In fact, there are approximately 50 people in this country serving life sentences for marijuana crimes.
However, because of Elon Musk’s position in the business community, advocating the legalization of any drug could come across as controversial in the world of stockholders on Wall Street.