Last updated: 2020-02-12 |
PUBLISHED : 12 Feb 2020 - 11:07
Pete Buttigieg made history as the first openly gay man to run for President. But does this conservative Democratic candidate smoke weed?
2020 is big year for the Democratic party. Come November, Democrats should wholly support one candidate even if there are in depth Twitter analyses explaining why each and every one of them is the worst person on Earth. Go politics.
Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, has risen quickly in the polls despite some bad press and whatever it is that went down in Iowa. He’s made history as the first openly gay may to run for President, an amazing feat no matter which candidate you support.
Now, moving on to what really matters: Does Mayor Pete smoke weed?
Nearly all Democratic candidates (except for maybe Joe Biden) are for some sort of marijuana reform. Pete Buttigieg falls neatly into this category, having spoken several times about his stance.
While campaigning, Buttigieg has said that he supports medical marijuana since it serves a purpose for veterans suffering from PTSD. He’s also made comments on the large amounts of injustices that have been committed in the name of the “war on drugs.”
“We know that this has created all kinds of problems related to mass incarceration and that there is now a whole new generation who have experienced the incarceration of loved ones who are themselves more likely to have problems, and it shows you how the incarceration creates more harms than it was intended to solve,” Buttigieg said in a recent interview with Denver journalist Jeff Fard.
Later, in that same interview, Fard took a hit from an imaginary blunt and passed it down to Buttigieg, who looked startled and passed it down to his right, unable to take an imaginary puff. The odds of him smoking IRL weed just went down by a big chunk.
On a separate occasion, while touring a marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Buttigieg said that he’s smoked marijuana a handful of times, but that it was a long time ago. When offered some marijuana to go, he joked and said that he was “on the clock,” and had a long day of work ahead of him.
Despite his support of marijuana, Buttigieg is one of the most conservative Democratic candidates running for presidency. In fact, his support of marijuana is one of his edgiest policies.
Although it’s completely understandable why Buttigieg has chosen to focus on other aspects on his resume aside from his sexuality, he still has glossed over plenty of issues that affect the LGBTQ community in favor of appearing harmless. But that’s a topic for another column.
When it comes to Buttigieg and weed, try as I might, I just can’t picture him smoking a blunt at the end of the day. Not even during a long weekend. Sorry guys, this week is a no.