Many politicians in recent months have evolved on marijuana legalization for several reasons, but only one politician can say he changed his mind thanks to one of the greatest comedians of all time.
Dave Chappelle appeared on MSNBC to make his first political endorsement of his life. He said he supports Maryland Democrat Ben Jealous in his bid to become governor of the state. Jealous and Chappelle have apparently been friends for a number of years, and Chappelle's spent much of that time trying to convince the politician to support marijuana legalization. Apparently all those arguments finally worked as Jealous decided to include legalization as part of his gubernatorial campaign.
"I didn’t start out on this journey over a year ago planning on [marijuana legalization] being a big issue in my campaign, but Dave has made the argument to me for almost a quarter century,” Jealous said.
If being friends with Dave Chappelle isn't enough of a credential to convince you to vote for him, Jealous is also the former CEO of the NAACP and has spent decades working to help improve the lives of disadvantaged people across the United States.
Jealous is considered one of the top two candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor. His main opponent, Rushern Baker, actually opposes legalizing marijuana, so this is one of the rare instances where Democratic candidates are divided on the issue. Incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan, who is running for re-election this November, also opposes marijuana legalization, but he's also passed expansions of the state's medical marijuana program as well.
Most experts predict Hogan will win re-election this November, but perhaps they weren't counting on Dave Chappelle getting involved.
(h/t Merry Jane)