US Senate candidate from Louisiana smokes marijuana in a new campaign ad

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A US Senate candidate in Louisiana released a campaign ad Tuesday in which he smokes marijuana in an attempt to spark what he calls “a new conversation” around the drug. Gary Chambers Jr., a Democrat, and social justice activist is shown in the ad sitting in a chair and taking puffs from a rolled marijuana blunt. While smoking, he cites arrest statistics for Black Americans related to marijuana possession.

“I hope this ad works to not only destigmatize the use of marijuana but also forces a new conversation that creates the pathway to legalize this beneficial drug and forgive those who were arrested due to outdated ideology,” he wrote in a tweet, sharing the ad.

In a statement to CNN on Tuesday, Chambers said

“long past due that politicians stop pretending to be better or different than the people they represent,” adding that it’s time to overhaul the criminal justice system’s treatment of marijuana possession.

“Some parts of the country are fighting opioid addictions and creating millionaires and better schools from the marijuana industry. Others are creating felonies and destroying families. I can’t stand for that,”

The ad, according to his campaign, was filmed over the weekend in New Orleans, where the City Council took steps in August that sought to remove penalties for marijuana possession.

In June 2021, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, signed into law a bill that reduces penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Earlier this month, a new law went into effect expanding medical marijuana, a move that had been passed by the state legislature in 2021. CNN

Gary Chamb is a US Senate candidate who is running on a platform of legalizing marijuana. He believes that the legalization of marijuana will bring much-needed revenue to the state, and he also believes that it will help to reduce crime. Chamb is hoping that voters will support him in his bid for office.

In today’s political world, many candidates are running on platforms that they know won’t win them the election. But what about those who are running on more controversial topics? One such candidate is Chamb, who is running for the US Senate trying to unseat Republican Sen. John Kennedy in November’s all-party primary on a platform of legalizing marijuana.

For the record, I do support medical marijuana. As for recreational usage of marijuana, what is there to stop people from selling it to minors? If they are going to legalize marijuana for recreational use then I want stiffer laws on recreational usage, not lighter laws.

Democrats are on the run. Just read this article, and if this isn’t enough to bring out Republicans for the mid-terms, then what will? The Country is under attack from the Democrats politicly not with violence. I want to be very clear I do not support violence. We, Republicans, are better than that. I have never been prouder to say “we republicans”.

Republicans have to come out and vote in the mid-terms, I know of a few friends now who have joined me in changing parties that are going to vote Republican this time around. They like myself have opened up their mind to do a little research on Republicans versus Democrats.

God Bless America, God bless the Veterans

                                                         

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