U.S. Senate Candidate Lights Up A Blunt In Ad For Marijuana Legalization

Gary Chambers, of Louisiana, provides stats about how weed incarceration rates disproportionately impact Black people.

A Louisiana U.S. Senate candidate is advocating for the legalization of marijuana in a very brazen way.

In a campaign ad, Gary Chambers, a 36-year-old Democrat and progressive community activist from Baton Rouge, is seen smoking a blunt in a leather chair in the middle of a field while stats about marijuana incarceration rates disproportionately impact Black people play.

“Every 37 seconds, someone is arrested for possession of marijuana,” Chambers says in the clip, titled 37 Seconds.“Since 2010, state and local police have arrested an estimated 7.3 million Americans for violating marijuana laws — over half of all drug arrests. Black people are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana laws than white people.”

RELATED: New York Democratic Lawmakers Hope Legalizing Marijuana Will Combat Racial Disparities

On Tuesday (January 18), Chambers also took to Twitter to promote his new ad.

“I hope this ad 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new conversation that creates the pathway to legalize this beneficial drug, and forgive those who were arrested due to outdated ideology,” he wrote.

Chambers is hoping to unseat Republican Sen. John Kennedy in November’s midterm election.

Watch the ad below:

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