This week, Louisiana U.S. Senate candidate Gary Chambers put out what was in some ways an unremarkable advert for a Democratic politician: speaking straight to the digital camera, he decried racial disparities in policing and the cash wasted on the drug warfare. However the advert went viral, pulling in tens of millions of views—and it is not onerous to see why, on condition that he was smoking a large blunt all through. 

Any double-takes are comprehensible—we're not used to seeing candidates for prime workplace mild up on digital camera. However given {that a} latest Pew survey discovered that an “overwhelming” majority of Individuals assist authorized weed—together with even a large plurality of Republican voters—from one other perspective it is odd that extra Democrats aren't embracing getting blazed. (It will be regular to see a Democratic politician communicate our in assist of Black Lives Matter, advocate a crackdown on big tech, or call to protect legal abortion. However all three of these points are nationally a lot much less common than authorized pot.) 

Thus far, this actuality has not moved the nationwide management of the Democratic celebration. President Biden specifically has been hesitant to embrace the issue. A part of this may need to do with the age breakdown of legalization assist—it is least common with the older voters who make up a  disproportionate share of the national electorate. (It additionally might merely be that the 79-year-old Biden's ideas on the matter match his age.) However that Pew survey confirmed even a slim plurality of voters over 65 are in favor of authorized leisure pot.  

Given the Louisiana's heavy Republican slant, weed will most likely not be sufficient to win a Senate seat. However Democrats want wins in a political local weather the place it looks like the celebration is headed to a midterm wipeout. And debates over “popularism," paying extra consideration to which points and rhetorical kinds ballot nicely, appear more and more to be shaping Democratic political pondering. In different phrases, Gary Chambers won't be the final weed smoking Senate candidate we see this yr. 

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