(Screen grab) Write-in candidate for R.I. Governor
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A medical marijuana advocate turned write-in candidate for Rhode Island governor has garnered instant social media attention by smoking what she says is pot in a campaign video.
But her media stunt comes with a more serious political message about pot legalization.
“I’m Anne Armstrong, and I’m going to be the next governor of Rhode Island,” she says in the minute-and-a-half-long video. “And I hope that during my tenure, I will be able to dispel a number of misconceptions about cannabis use.”
Armstrong, who said she smokes cannabis every day, uses it for medicinal purposes, and also argues that it helps her focus and communicate with people around her. In the video, she takes a hit off a pipe after insisting that pot users “shouldn’t be ostracized or marginalized.”
Here is the campaign ad-
She says, “We’ve been lied to for a long time by our government, and something that’s been essential to our health has been taken away from us”