Cannabis candidate smokes pot in new campaign ad. Here’s why bold ex-national security officer could win

An Illinois congressional candidate has declared himself the “Cannabis Candidate” and is supporting legalizing recreational marijuana in his campaign advertising.

Progressive candidate, Benjamin Thomas Wolf, who is running for Congress in Illinois’ 5th District, released a photo on his campaign website on Monday featuring him sitting in front of a painting of the American flag as smoke from a joint held in his hand wafts around his head.

Wolf, a former FBI employee who holds a Ph.D. in international psychology, told “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that smoking pot is a “routine” part of his life but he does not use cannabis everyday. He also noted that he never used marijuana while working as an FBI national security official as it is “not an authorized substance.”

“So it’s kind of an interesting thing to focus on,” co-host Brian Kilmeade said. “Why not grab a beer or a bottle of whiskey and say vote for me?”

Wolf responded that the “cannabis community” is “standing by what we talk about everyday,” and added that he is an answer to the Democratic Party’s search for new leadership.

“I look forward to leading the pack,” he said.

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Wolf, a restaurant owner and adjunct professor at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, is challenging incumbent Rep. Mike Quigley in the state’s 5th District – which includes parts of Chicago – in the Democratic primary on March 20.

“This is medicine for tens of millions of people in America. It can bring billions of dollars in tax revenue to Illinois,” Wolf said of his push for legalizing marijuana. “It’s the first component to completely overhauling and transitioning the criminal justice system.”

When asked by co-host Steve Doocy how a “former FBI guy” can be “essentially breaking the law” by promoting a photo of himself smoking an illegal substance, the candidate said he was “okay with that.”

“I see that as an act of civil disobedience and standing up for something I feel strongly about,” Wolf replied, explaining that his change in becoming a cannabis user was “an evolution of me as a person.”

Wolf moved to Chicago five years ago after also serving in the U.S. State Department and is the only candidate challenging Quigley to come out in favor of legalizing marijuana.

Following the school shooting in Parkland, Fl., Wolf had released a campaign video to declare his support for a full ban on “assault weapons” and stronger background checks. Wolf shared that the AR-15 rifle he held in the video is the “same weapon” he carried in Iraq as he went on to explain its uses and call for a ban.

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“If you win, will you get high?” Kilmeade asked the candidate on Wednesday.

“Definitely,” Wolf responded.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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