A Democrat who wants to be Louisiana’s next U.S. senator posted images of himself smoking a mind-altering drug.
Gary Chambers, Jr. raised eyebrows across social media after the progressive activist shared a video of himself smoking marijuana in New Orleans.
The footage shows the senate candidate sitting in a field and complaining about police arresting Americans every 37 seconds for carrying weed.
“Since 2010, state and local police have arrested an estimated 7.3 million Americans for violating marijuana laws—over half of all drug arrests,” he said in a video shared on YouTube.
Chambers compares drug-related law enforcement to racial prejudice and accuses authorities of misusing taxpayer funds.
“Black people are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana laws than white people,” he said. “States waste $3.7 billion enforcing marijuana laws every year.”
The Democrat then suggested authorities could target even him despite having no history of unlawful marijuana possession.
“Most of the people police are arrested are not dealers but rather people with small amounts of pot, just like me,” he said.
The Bayou State has legalized smoking up to 14 grams of medicinal marijuana in certain circumstances since the beginning of 2022. According to ABC News, anyone caught violating this rule can be fined up to $100 without jail time.
President Joe Biden wants to decriminalize the drug and strike all prior marijuana-use convictions from criminal records nationwide.
According to the broadcaster, New Orleans City Council recently pardoned 10,000 cases of marijuana possession for anyone convicted after 2010.