U.S. Senate candidate from Louisiana smokes blunt in campaign ad

Photo credit Gary Chambers Jr.

In a new campaign ad Democrat Gary Chambers Jr., who is vying for incumbent US Senator John Kennedy's seat, is seen smoking what he has indicated is a marijuana blunt.

The ad, titled ‘37 Seconds,’ features Chambers smoking a rolled blunt of marijuana as he speaks about alarming statistics on marijuana-related arrests and the costs of enforcing Louisiana marijuana laws.

Chambers is a former candidate for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District and a local advocate. He launched his first campaign ad for his bid for Senator John Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat, which is also being sought by fellow Democrat Luke Mixon. Kennedy is running for reelection for a second term in November 2022.

The ad was filmed in New Orleans and shows Chambers sitting in an armchair in a field as he lights and puffs on a blunt.

“For too long, candidates have used the legalization of marijuana as an empty talking point in order to appeal to progressive voters,” said Gary Chambers, in a press release. “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new conversation that creates the pathway to legalize this beneficial drug, and forgive those who were arrested due to outdated ideology.”

According to ACLU data on states ranked by racial disparity in marijuana arrests, Louisiana is close to the national average with Blacks 3.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people. The ACLU data says East Baton Rouge Parish has the highest racial disparity of any parish in Louisiana. Montana is the state with the highest racial disparity in marijuana arrests, with Blacks 9.6 times more likely to be arrested for pot.