Momentum grows behind Anthony Clark, an outspoken Air Force veteran who earned 26 percent of the vote in 7th District last time.
He’s trying to be blunt.
Illinois Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Clark is going all in on weed as he attempts to unseat incumbent Rep. Danny Davis (D), who has held office in the predominantly black district for over 20 years.
“We just wanted to do something different,” Clark explained in a new campaign video, according to Marijuana Moment. “I feel like we’re all out here in the struggle, we’re all out here living, we’re all out here grinding on a daily f–king basis.”
The video, which Clark calls the “first-ever congressional weed party in Chicago,” makes the Air Force veteran’s priorities clear as he tells a voter to, “Get your blunt! We’re having a pretty dope day party.”
After experimenting with the drug briefly in high school, Clark said he rediscovered marijuana in adulthood and the effects were transformative. “Weed has literally saved my life,” he said on the video. “I’m a veteran with PTSD. It’s time we changed this narrative that exists, eliminate the stigma.”
Clark praised his state’s legalization of the drug for recreational purposes on Jan. 1, but said there is plenty of work left to be done to ensure no one in his community, or state, gets left behind.
“We’re gonna celebrate that, but there’s still a ways to go,” he told supporters, explaining that too many public dollars are still being spent “jailing street dealers…who are predominantly black and brown in the poor communities.”
Clark’s willingness to speak about his own drug use appears to have only made him more popular. “I think I have to be just as open about my cannabis use because lying to individuals, I think, plays a direct role in enabling status quo, in enabling the oppressors, the top one percent, to remain,” he said in a video released late last year.
This is Clark’s second attempt to dethrone Davis after earning 26 percent of the vote two years ago. With growing support — including an endorsement from the Chicago Sun-Times — he is expected to perform even better this time around.
The area “deserves a representative who is impatient to change the world, which might be Clark’s best trait,” the paper noted.
Illinois has barely been able to keep its shelves stocked since legalization took effect earlier this year. Almost US$40 million was spent at 41 cannabis stores in January, the first month of legal recreational cannabis sales in the state, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Dispensaries moved 972,045 individual marijuana products, adding up to US$39.2 million, reported the Chicago Sun-Times, placing it behind only California (US$70 million) for the highest sales by a state in its first month of adult-use legalization.
It is believed the gap would have been even smaller had supply been able to keep pace with demand.
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Written by David Yasvinski