A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Louisiana has released an online ad that shows him smoking marijuana as he criticizes marijuana use being illegal and the racial disparities in those arrested for it. It's the first ad since announcing his candidacy last week for Gary Chambers, who was a little-known Baton Rouge community activist until he had a strong third-place showing in a U.S. House race last year, barely missing a runoff despite having less money than his opponents.
Chambers used social media in that campaign and he's apparently going to so again in his Senate campaign. In the ad, Chambers, who is dressed in a suit, sits in a tufted chair in a field as he smokes marijuana. He's heard in a voiceover talking about the number of people and amount of money spent enforcing marijuana laws, and says Black people are four times as likely as white people to be arrested on marijuana charges. The ad is in support of the legalization of recreational marijuana use, which has become the reality in many states, but not in Louisiana.