Louisiana Senate candidate smokes Blunt in campaign ad: video

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  • A Democratic candidate for the Louisiana Senate caused a stir on Tuesday with a new announcement.
  • Gary Chambers, a challenger to GOP Sen. John Kennedy, smokes a blunt in the video.
  • The ad highlights non-violent drug-related sentencing.

Marijuana, once a taboo subject for American politicians, is front and center in a new ad campaign in Louisiana.

Democrat Gary Chambers is seen lighting up and inhaling a blunt in his first TV commercial, clocking in at 37 seconds.

“Every 37 seconds someone is arrested for possession of marijuana,” Chambers, a 36-year-old community organizer, says in the video.

Still a Schedule I prohibited substance under federal law, marijuana remains illegal without any decriminalization measures in 24 states.

“States waste $3.7 billion each year enforcing marijuana laws,” Chambers continued in the ad. “Most of the people the police arrest are not dealers but rather people with small amounts of pot, just like me.”

In his tweet sharing the video, Chambers explained why he was ready to light up on camera.

“I hope this publicity not only works to de-stigmatize the use of marijuana, but also forces a new conversation that sets the stage for legalizing this beneficial drug and forgiving those who have been arrested due to outdated ideology” , tweeted Chambers.

The pot smoking ad is the first of its kind in a Senate race, according to NBC News.

Chambers will face GOP Sen. John Kennedy and other candidates in the nonpartisan primary on November 8, followed by the runoff between the top two candidates on December 10.

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