Many candidates are coming out this year in support of marijuana legalization. But only one of them is advertising that he's an actual cannabis user.
Benjamin Thomas Wolf is a former FBI national security officer who's running for Congress in Illinois' fifth congressional district. As part of Wolf's platform, he's promoted his support for marijuana legalization. But Wolf took it a step farther by releasing a political ad that features him sitting in front of a painting of the American flag while holding a lit joint.
“As a cannabis user, I think it’s important we get out front and talk about it,” Wolf said. “We realize that cannabis can bring billions of dollars to the state, it’s medicine for millions of people around the country, it changes criminal justice reform and personally I think it’s a wonderful recreational substance as well.”
Wolf currently owns a restaurant in Chicago and teaches at Roosevelt University and East-West University. The fifth congressional district in Illinois is composed of parts of the North side of Chicago, as well as areas around O'Hare airport and surrounding suburbs.
Wolf is one of three candidates challenging incumbent Mike Quigley for the Democratic nomination in the district. Wolf is hoping that his pro-marijuana stance will help him against Quigley, considering the district's average age is 33 and younger people tend to support legalization more than older people.
Quigley, however, isn't really an anti-marijuana politician. While he hasn't supported legalization, he currently holds a "B" grade from NORML on issues related to marijuana, indicating that he is mostly supportive of cannabis-related bills and proposals.
(h/t Chicago Sun-Times)