Senate candidate Gary Chambers SMOKES WEED in campaign ad as Democrat aims to kick Republican out of office
SENATE candidate Gary Chambers is seen smoking weed in his campaign aid – as the Democrat looks to unseat the current Republican senator.
In the 37-second campaign ad released on Tuesday, Chambers, a Louisiana Senate candidate, is seated in a leather chair in the middle of a field and dressed in a deep blue suit as he advocates for marijuana legalization.
"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new conversation that creates the pathway to legalize this beneficial drug, and forgive those who were arrested due to outdated ideology," Chambers said in a tweet.
"Every 37 seconds, someone is arrested for possession of marijuana," Chambers says in the video.
"Since 2010, state and local police have arrested an estimated 7.3 million Americans for violating marijuana laws — over half of all drug arrests.
"Black people are four times more likely to be arrested than white people," the Senate hopeful adds.
"States waste $3.7 billion enforcing marijuana laws every year. Most of the people police are arresting aren't dealers but rather people with small amounts of pot, just like me."
Chambers is looking to unseat Republican Senator John Kennedy, elected in 2016.
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Another Democrat, Luke Mixon, has also declared he will run for the position.
Chambers previously ran an unsuccessful campaign in the 2021 congressional special election to replace Representative Cedric Richmon, who joined Joe Biden's administration last year.
Louisiana decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in August and made smokeable medical marijuana legal on January 1, 2022.
Per the state's Act 424, patients will be allowed to purchase up to two-and-a-half ounces of cannabis flower from dispensaries every two weeks.
Recreational possession of 14 grams or less is considered a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of no more than $100.
Possession of more than 14g is punishable by up to six months or greater in jail.
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