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When a Prison Sentence Turns into a Mission

When a Prison Sentence Turns into a Mission

   Weldon Angelos has come across mass media stations in the past few months regarding his work with getting the famous rapper Loon out of prison, who was incarcerated for almost a decade. Many Loon fans were awaiting his release, but the wait finally came to an end when longtime friend Weldon wrote a brief, submitted it to courts, and got Loon free, but who is Weldon Angelos?

   Weldon Angelos started out as a musician who turned star record executive producing for companies like bad boy records. Weldon brushed sholders with Hollywood’s elite and made records with some of the biggest legends in rap music like Snoop Dog and Puff Daddy. Weldon’s aspiring dreams of being famous in the record making industry came to a screeching halt in 2002 when Weldon Angelos was arrested during a sting operation carried out by Salt Lake City Police.

Weldon Angelos

   Police arranged for a former friend of Weldon’s to serve as a confidential informant, aiming to prove Weldon’s involvement in trafficking large amounts of marijuana. The Criminal informant bought a half of a pound of marijuana from Weldon on two separate occasions. This earned Weldon a 55-year sentence in a federal penitentiary by Americas judicial system. Yes, you read that right, 55years for weed and a firearm present at time of purchase of cannabis. Weldon was released on May 31, 2016, after a federal court granted him a reduction in his sentence. Weldon served 13 years for a non-violent victimless crime. He lost 14 years of his life for a plant.

  Many Cannabis activists stood up and became freedom fighters on Weldon’s behalf. Freedom Grow Forever is a known cannabis outreach nonprofit who assisted in the team of freedom fighters to fought to get Weldon free. Founder of freedom Grow forever Stephanie Landa reported that, “After you go to prison you feel different about things, you don’t want to leave your friends behind, left without justice, Weldon falls in that category. He has become an activist who is driven by his force to get people free”.

The biggest component in achieving Weldon’s freedom was Weldon himself. Weldon became his biggest advocate and an advocate for fellow inmates during his incarceration. His activism for himself and other inmates gave him the tools and knowledge to get out and start his mission on getting the friends he left behind free as well. Since Weldon’s release, he has teamed up with allies from the music industry, and a team of volunteers working at ending Americas mass incarceration epidemic.

Weldon’s first mission after incarceration was to visit the white house lobbying for the first step act to pass. FAMM reports that, “The First Step Act Gives Prisoners the Right to Go to Court. The most significant change to compassionate release is that the Act provides prisoners the power to file a motion for compassionate release if they can demonstrate they have tried and failed to convince the BOP to do so for them”. Only inmates convicted of a federal offense committed after November 1, 1987 and inmates convicted of DC Code felony offenses committed on or after August 5, 2000 are eligible to earn up to 54 days of good conduct time. This leaves many federal inmates left behind with lengthy federal sentences for non-violent offenses. Weldon formed a grass roots organization called “Mission Green”, that is aimed at combating mass incarceration in the USA.

   Weldon formed mission green with Music executive Big Hollis, also known as Michael Goldstein, as his partner. Kevin Garnet is on the board of advisors along with groups of volunteers all over the United States putting in time and effort to get Americas increasing prison population free. The United States locks up more people, per capita, than any other nation, this is what Weldon and his team is focused on ending. While America contains only approximately 12% of the world’s population, we make up 25% of the world’s prison population. With activists like Weldon Angelos those numbers are projected to go down instead of increasing like they have for the past 30 years.

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   Mr. Angelos has many other victories alongside his victory with rapper Loon’s recent freedom like the release of Ricardo Montez, who was released from prison on May 19, 2017 with Weldon’s help, after serving nine years of a 20-year sentence for illegal marijuana distribution, and his recent visit to the white house in late February to talk about commuting all federal cannabis offenders’ sentences. Weldon also has another focus correlated with getting cannabis prisoners free, he also is lobbing to dispensaries all over the United states in hopes of getting the cannabis community active in helping people get released from prison who are serving time for weed. Weldon stays firm on supporting the concept that if there is no victim, there should be no crime.

  Weldon reports, “Prison reform is necessary, these are my people in cages”.

Weldon is currently working on helping rapper Tye Dolla Sign’s brother TC freed from a California prison. Weldon states that, “The evidence exonerating TC is overwhelming and minorities get the hardest sentences, even if they are innocent, because they are policed the hardest”. Weldon vows to get TC free as well. Weldon goes on to say that Rapper Loon will go on and be an activist for the friends he left behind the walls of prison as well. Weldon encourages all cannabis users, dispensary owners, canna bloggers and writers to stand up and fight for the people still behind bars for cannabis.

The Weldon Project