December 9, 2022

In a marketing campaign video launched on Wednesday, Indiana Democratic Senate candidate Thomas McDermott Jr. is seen smoking marijuana in an effort to push for legalization within the state.

McDermott’s marketing campaign video comes on April 20, in any other case often known as “4/20,” a day that celebrates hashish. The video, which lasts one minute and 46 seconds, reveals McDermott passing a joint. 

“Here is the underside line. We have to legalize marijuana on the federal stage. We have to additionally legalize hashish in Indiana, as properly, so Hoosiers can get the well being and financial advantages of hashish,” McDermott stated within the video.

McDermott, 53, is an lawyer and mayor of Hammond, a suburb of Chicago with a inhabitants of about 78,000. He has been mayor since January 2004. 

McDermott was born in Utah and cut up time in youth between Northern California and Indiana. He spent six years within the navy and earned a level in finance from Purdue College Northwest and later earned a legislation diploma from Notre Dame. He’s married with 4 kids. 

In November, McDermott stated he smoked marijuana at two latest Grateful Useless live shows in Chicago.

Within the marketing campaign video, McDermott notes how he and the group are at “an Illinois yard, one mile from the Indiana state line.” Illinois was the eleventh state to legalize leisure marijuana.

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McDermott stated that not most political figures wouldn’t admit to smoking marijuana. “Even on #420day not many Senate candidates admit to having smoked weed. I’m not most Senate candidates.”

“I’ve been pondering loads about whether or not to launch this video the place I gentle up. It’s a problem that’s private and vital to me and so many,” McDermott stated.

The video was launched on the identical day that Indiana’s Democratic get together is introducing a tour that may encourage the legalization of marijuana within the state.

Indiana is at present one of many 13 states that doesn’t enable medicinal or leisure use of marijuana.

McDermott faces Republican Sen. Todd Younger on Nov. 8.

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