This week, BET announced an upcoming new original documentary titled “Smoke: Marijuana + Black America,” produced by Swirl Films is set to premiere Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10 pm EST. The two-hour documentary narrated and produced by multi-platinum rapper and businessman Nasir “Nas” Jones will provide viewers with a closer look at marijuana culture.
The special will explore marijuana’s cultural, social, economic, impact on American society specifically focusing on the Black community. The documentary will be told through various testimonials from Senator Kamala Harris, Illinois State Attorney Kim Foxx, WNBA star Cheyenne Parker, award-winning music artist Ty Dollars $ign and more.
Nas drops King’s Disease just ahead of documentary.
Nas has been keeping busy. In August, the “Illmatic” MC dropped “King’s Disease”. This album succeeded his twelfth studio album featuring artists Charlie Wilson, Big Sean, Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign, and ASAP Ferg to name a few. King’s Disease is laced with hot tracks that provide pure hip-hop notions with flash messages of “Black Power” and “Black Love”. Personally, Nas’s 13th studio album is a classic.
Are changes in marijuana legalization soon to come in some U.S. states?
As the film explores the drug marijuana and how it runs parallel with societal standards, the documentary will also highlight how lucrative the cannabis industry is. An analysis made by proves the cannabis industry to be recession-proof during the pandemic. The industry is expected to see a continual rise with a projected $30 billion in sales by 2025.
Over the years, the efficacy of marijuana for certain medical conditions has gradually shifted the way society categorizes the drug. Governments notice how lucrative the industry can be and states are slowly but surely modifying or omitting laws that classify marijuana as an illegal drug.
On Election Day, five states will vote on marijuana legalization. Voters in New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana will vote whether to legalize cannabis for adults over the age of 21. In Mississippi, voters will decide whether to implement a medical marijuana program.