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Dave Chappelle endorses pro-marijuana candidate to govern Maryland

Dave Chappelle endorses pro-marijuana candidate to govern Maryland

Dina Al-Shibeeb
Stand-up comedian and actor Dave Chappelle. (File image)

Stand-up comedian and actor Dave Chappelle has endorsed the Democrat Ben Jealous as his go-to pro-marijuana candidate to govern state of Maryland.

This is the first time for Chappelle, 44, to get involved in politics.

In a tweet on June 5, Jealous wrote: “Now that I’m 45, I’m proud to be: ‘Dave Chappelle’s Candidate.’”

Jealous said: “And if you’re wondering, yes he was the first person to tell me Cannabis should be legal for adults. I was skeptical then. I agree with him now.”

In an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday, Chappelle said: “I look at legalization of marijuana as an inevitability nationally, not just in the state of Maryland.”

The actor, who has won both an Emmy and Grammy awards, said legalizing marijuana is also about narrowing the “gross disparity” in the enforcement of drug laws, which tends to unfairly target blacks more than whites.

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It has been reported that despite the uniform use of marijuana by both whites and blacks, the latter group experiences a much higher rate of imprisonment over simple possession of cannabis.

Chappelle said Jealous has dedicated his “his entire professional life” to the “concept of equity” and not just for blacks but for everybody. “I am talking gender and sexuality,” he added.

The recreational use of marijuana is illegal in Maryland, however, since 2014, the possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana has been decriminalized. Its medical marijuana program became operational on Dec. 1, 2017.

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