Benjamin Thomas Wolf, is smoking joints while running for congress in Chicago. Wolf’s newest campaign has caused a stir- a clean-cut, well-dressed, politician casually smoking a joint in front of a painting of the American flag. He’s definitely making headlines.
It’s effective marketing for the demographic of voters that Wolf hopes to retain. The average age of voters in the 5th Congressional District of Illinois is 33 years old.
In addition to running for congress, Wolf is a former FBI national security officer as well as a current a restaurateur and university professor.
Wolf’s platform, as no surprise, calls for legalizing adult use cannabis. He’s proposed to direct state revenue from legal cannabis to drug rehabilitation centers, public education, and for expunging cannabis-related criminal records.
“As a cannabis user, I think it’s important we get out front and talk about it,” Wolf said. “We realize that cannabis can bring billions of dollars to the state, it’s medicine for millions of people around the country, it changes criminal justice reform and personally I think it’s a wonderful recreational substance as well.”
In March, Illinois residents will vote on a non-binding referendum whether they believe recreational cannabis should or should not be legalized. In November, the vote may officially appear on their ballot.