Reverend Al Sharpton is an American civil rights activist, minister, former White House advisor, and talk show host. He is also the president of the National Action Network (NAN), which he founded in 1991 to promote a modern civil rights agenda that fights for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for everyone regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender. As the leader of NAN, Sharpton operates over 125 chapters in the United States, to advocate for police reform and accountability, protection of voting rights, and education equality. Now, Sharpton is also speaking up and fighting for marijuana legalization and decriminalization.

At the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition in New York, Sharpton spoke publicly for the first time about the disproportionate number of marijuana arrests of people of color in the United States. At the CWCB Expo in Los Angeles, Sharpton continued to speak publicly about the legalization of marijuana, “Do you know how much money we spend on incarcerating people ‘cause they had a joint? I mean, it’s irresponsible all across the board.” In order to see change, Sharpton notes an important point, that marijuana legalization must be a campaign issue in the midterm elections, both on the state and federal level.