Every year, Santa Claus checks his list twice before leaving gifts under the Christmas tree for all the well-behaved children. Dressed in his famous red suit, the jolly old man climbs down every chimney to eat cookies and drop off gifts. At a certain age, children eventually learn that this is just a tale told to make Christmas more exciting, but there still is a Santa Claus in the North Pole. A man in North Pole, Alaska legally changed his name to Santa Claus because he’s an advocate for millions of suffering children. Instead of delivering gifts, this Santa Claus is a member of the City Council, where he’s endorsing federal and state legislation that improves child health, safety, and welfare.

In addition to fighting for the many children who need help, Santa Claus is also fighting for marijuana legalization in North Pole, Alaska. In 2016, North Pole residents voted in favor of Proposition 7, a ballot initiative banning the commercial sale of marijuana in the city. As a member of City Council, Santa Claus is fighting this legislation because he suffers from cancer and relies on medical marijuana for relief, I am pro medical marijuana. I’m using it for my medical purposes. I don’t see any negative association… Cannabis users will not be getting coal in their stocking.”