U.S. Senate candidate smokes marijuana in his first campaign advertisement

Written by on 22 January, 2022

The first campaign ad of Gary Chambers, candidate for the United States Senate for the state of Louisiana, caused controversy as the Democratic candidate appears in a video smoking a large joint of marijuana.

In the audiovisual material Chambers addresses the issue of the criminalization of cannabis users and denounces racial disparities in arrests for marijuana possession.

The ad is titled “37 Seconds”, about an investigation that found that, on average, police in the United States make a marijuana-related arrest every 37 seconds, according to Marijuana Moment.

“Every 37 seconds, someone is arrested for marijuana. Since 2010, state and local police have arrested approximately 7.3 million Americans for violating marijuana laws, more than half of all drug arrests,” the candidate says in the campaign video.

“Blacks are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana laws than whites,” Chambers expounds. “States waste $3.7 billion enforcing marijuana laws each year. Most of the people police arrest are not dealers, but people with small amounts of marijuana, like me.”

Likewise, the Democratic candidate said in a press release that he hopes this initiative will spur a change in marijuana policy. “I hope this announcement works not only to destigmatize the use of marijuana but also forces a new conversation that creates the path to legalize this beneficial drug and pardon those who were arrested due to an outdated ideology,” he said.

It is worth mentioning that although in the state of Louisiana marijuana for adults is not yet legal, possession of up to 14 grams was decriminalized last year and is now punishable by a $100 fine.

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