The Chicago Sun Times reports,26 February on Pro Cannabis Democrat, Benjamin Wolf, running on a pro cannabis ticket.
Wolf moved to Chicago five years ago and now owns the Logan Square restaurant Park and Field and teaches at Roosevelt University and East-West University.
Wolf, Sameena Mustafa and Steven J. Schwartzberg are all primary challengers to incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., for the 5th Congressional District of Illinois, which includes Chicago’s North and Northwest sides, O’Hare Airport and Oak Brook. It’s a district where the average age is 33 — a young constituency Wolf is targeting with his progressive platform that includes legalizing recreational marijuana.
A photograph Wolf released Monday features him sitting in front of an American flag painting. Above him, smoke rises from the joint he presumably just puffed on.
It’s a striking ad that’s not out of place for him. He took a stance for banning access to assault rifles with a video ad in which he sat in his apartment holding an AR-15. Quigley also supports reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban and expanding background checks.
“You’re not supposed to have those in city limits, it’s a friend of mine’s,” Wolf said of the rifle prop.
But the joint?
“That’s mine, we had a poker night with our campaign staff and I think that was left behind.”
Wolf’s push for legalizing marijuana includes the proposal to spend all the state revenue on public education and drug rehabilitation centers, as well as pardoning all those incarcerated for marijuana-related offenses. In November, Illinoisans could be asked whether they support legalizing recreational marijuana in a referendum.
Also his background is fascinating and worth reading about.
One couldn’t ask for a better example of a candidate for a pro cannabis regulation ticket
After completing a university internship on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., Benjamin was recruited by theFederal Bureau of Investigation. He graduated from the F.B.I. Academy and worked for years within the National Security Division on the highest priority terrorism,intelligence, and international security matters.
Benjamin later transferred to the U.S. Department of State as an American diplomat and earned tenure in the Foreign Service while advancing security and diplomatic efforts abroad. He actively and loyally served four Secretaries of State and advised dozens of U.S. ambassadors. He received his Foreign Service tenure directly from Secretary Clinton and often traveled with U.S. Presidents as a security and human rights liaison. Benjamin volunteered to work in conflict and war zones while protecting and defending the lives of others. He also has served multiple times in Iraq.
Benjamin lived in North and West Africa for many years where he collaborated with international agencies including the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Red Cross. Created by President John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps is Benjamin’s favorite agency and was his inspiration to be a change agent overseas. It was during his years working in developing countries that Benjamin learned a new sense of appreciation that he translated into empowerment programs, job creation, skill-building and education initiatives.
Benjamin has a modern multicultural family and raised his twin boys in Africa during his diplomatic postings to Algeria and Senegal. Upon completion of hisPh.D. in International Psychology, Benjamin will continue working in Chicago as a professor while being an advocate for international human rights and global justice issues. His doctoral dissertation focuses on social movements and how basic human rights must be applied equally to every human regardless of race, gender, national identity or economic status. This idea sits at the cornerstone of his personal and political values