Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff isn’t taking the youth vote for granted in his runoff bid, and one strategy he’s deploying is using the social media app TikTok to tout his support for marijuana legalization.
With two weeks before the vote in his race and one other Georgia Senate runoff election, which together will decide which party ultimately controls the chamber, Ossoff’s campaign has taken to the predominantly Gen Z app to generate enthusiasm. It’s been met with mixed reviews in the media, but one of his latest videos, published on Tuesday, is at least reassuring for cannabis reform advocates.
It shows that the candidate recognizes that marijuana legalization is popular among young people, and he says their vote in Georgia will determine whether the policy change is enacted in the next Congress.
Time to #VoteYourOssoff
In the video, Ossoff calls (or pretends to call) a restaurant to place a food order and spells out his first name, mnemonically referencing parts of his progressive agenda to confirm the spelling.
“Hey, yeah I’d like to place an order for pickup please.
Yeah, it’s Jon. ‘J’ as in jobs.
‘O’ as in over 1.5 million Georgians have voted early in the runoff for U.S. Senate and if you want to relieve student loan debt, save the environment, legalize marijuana and increase the minimum wage to $15 you better vote now.
And ‘N’ is for New Civil Rights Act.”
He’s not wrong about the impact of this Senate runoff on the prospects of marijuana reform next year.
Democratic wins for both seats would mean that the party would reclaim command over the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as a tiebreaker. Both Ossoff and the other Democratic Senate candidate in the state, Rev.