Puffs a Joint During a Political Ad? Illinois District Gets an Edgy Candidate

An Illinois district is looking for a change when it comes to marijuana on its streets, and they may have found their candidate to do it. 

Benjamin Thomas Wolf, a former FBI national security official, is running for the 5th Congressional District of Illinois, which includes Chicago’s North and Northwest sides, O’Hare Airport and Oak Brook, The Chicago SunTimes reported.

In one of his political campaign ads, smoke emanating from a joint is seen wafting in the air.

“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.”

Wolf is making it big in Chicago after moving to the city five years ago. He now owns a restaurant and teaches at Roosevelt University and East-West University.

Wolfs wants to see Chicago’s revenue to be spent on public education and drug rehabilitation centers and pardoning all those incarcerated for marijuana-related offenses.

His candidacy comes ahead of a November vote, where Illinoisans will be asked if support legalizing recreational marijuana in a referendum.

Alongside Wolf, Sameena Mustafa and Steven J. Schwartzberg are all challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley.