Dem campaign catches attention when candidate smokes marijuana in ad

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A Democrat vying for a U.S. Senate seat in the state of Louisiana has gotten a lot of attention for his controversial decision to smoke marijuana in a campaign ad.

The ad, titled “37 Seconds,” featured candidate Gary Chambers smoking the substance, while the voice-over discusses his stance on the issue.

“Every 37 seconds, someone is arrested for the possession of marijuana,” he says, lighting up. “Since 2010, state and local police have arrested an estimated 7.3 million Americans for violating marijuana laws; over half of all drug arrests.”

Then he invoked race, saying that “Black people are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana laws than white people.”

Watch the 37-second ad:

“States waste $3.7 billion enforcing marijuana laws every year,” he continued. “Most of the people police are arresting aren’t dealers, but rather people with small amounts of pot just like me.”

Chambers tweeted the ad, adding that he hopes it “works to not only destigmatize the use of marijuana, but also forces a new conversation that creates the pathway to legalize this beneficial drug, and forgive those who were arrested due to outdated ideology.”

It has racked up 4.2 million views on Twitter, and the reaction was swift, though not entirely negative:

 

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