Jon Ossoff, Georgia’s Senate candidate, is implementing creative measures to attract the youth to vote for his runoff bid. He’s using TikTok, a social media video app, to garner support for cannabis legalization.
With a fortnight before the Senate runoffs in Georgia, Jon’s campaign has been launched in TikTok to create enthusiasm. It has received mixed opinions from the media; however, the new clips that he released on Tuesday are promising for marijuana reform activists.
This effort indicates that Ossof knows that cannabis decriminalization is popular among youths. He said that their vote in the state determines whether the reforms will be enacted in the upcoming Congress or not.
In the clip, Jon calls a restaurant to order food and spells his name out, mnemonically stating parts of his progressive initiative to second the spelling.
He states that:
- ‘J’ is for Jobs,
- ’O’ like over 1.5M Georgians did vote during the early U.S Senate runoff and if you’d like to reprieve student loan debts, be eco-friendly, legalize cannabis and raise the minimum wage to USD15 you should go out and vote
- ‘N’ refers to the New Civil Rights Act
Ossof is right about the effect of Georgia’s Senate runoff on the aspects of cannabis policy change in 2021.
If Democrats grab both seats, it means they would restore power over the Senate with Kamala Harris (vice president-elect) working as the tiebreaker. Both Ossof and Raphael Warnock (the other Senate candidate in Georgia) are supporting the drug policy and marijuana reform.
Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader who is expected to become the majority leader if the Democrats triumph, has promised to table
cannabis legislation if he gets the authority to do so.
However, if Republicans maintain the majority through grabbing at least one of Georgia’s seats, the prospects of beginning federal cannabis decriminalization would have to wait at least up to 2022.