The time has officially arrived where politicians are lighting up in their campaign ads.
Benjamin Thomas Wolf — who is running to represent the 5th Congressional District of Illinois — had no qualms about rolling up for a photo shoot. “As a cannabis user, I think it’s important we get out front and talk about it,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. “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, who moved to Chicago five years ago, hopes to legalize recreational marijuana using a progressive platform aimed at 33-year-olds. This is the average age that makes up the 5th district which includes Chicago’s North and Northwest sides.
The photograph of Wolf in front of an American Flag with a joint in his hand has already gained social media attention. Some folks were here for the lit imagery.
This will go down as one of the most iconic political images in US history… Bravo sir, bravo.
However, when pushed on his beliefs, Wolf seemed to be open minded.
Cool approach @benjaminwolfBTW, but I can't really rock with someone who has a platform for Marijuana, but not for criminal justice reform. Yeah, sure close Gitmo, but what about closing the cases and expunge the records of marijuana distros. https://t.co/SpIxtowRxW via @suntimes
Ah! The very last graph. My man! However, expunge and pardon what’s the difference? What examples are their from the recently pardoned that would exemplify how their are many opportunities for the newly pardoned in America?
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Wolf hopes to spend all the state revenue from marijuana on public education and drug rehabilitation centers, along with pardoning those who are locked up for marijuana-related offenses.
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