Another U.S. Senate Candidate Tokes in Campaign Ad in Indiana

Another U.S. Senate Candidate Tokes in Campaign Ad in Indiana
High Times

Kissing babies is out, toking up is in—in Indiana, that is. A new spot from Thomas McDermott, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, showcased the latest trend in political advertising. Seated in a circle with several other individuals, McDermott can be seen sparking up a joint on camera.  “The legalization of cannabis is important to this campaign,” McDermott said in the nearly two-minute ad.  The ad makes McDermott the second Democratic Senate candidate this election cycle to smoke weed on camera.  In January, Gary Chambers, who is running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, made waves with a campaign video in which he smoked a blunt.  McDermott, who is challenging Republican Senator Todd Young in this year’s midterm election, released the ad on Wednesday—4/20.  “Even on #420day not many Senate candidates admit to having smoked weed. I’m not most Senate candidates. I’ve been thinking a lot about whether to launch this video where I light up. It’s an issue that’s personal & important to me & so many,” McDermott, the mayor of Hammond, Indiana, said in a tweet. In the ad, McDermott sits in a joint circle with several other individuals in a backyard one mile from the state line in Illinois, where recreational cannabis is legal.  “My whole adult life I’ve been surrounded by people—successful, creative people—who smoke weed and who are dying for this to happen. We’re ecstatic that it’s happened in Illinois and Michigan so that we can buy it legally, but why not Indiana?” an attorney named Shana says in the video. Mike, a professional distiller, touts the economic impact of legalization in Indiana’s neighbor to the west. “Now we have farms in Illinois where cannabis is being grown. The economic impact that it makes is tremendous, you know? Not only for the state, but…

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