Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame may have just given new meaning to the Green Party by declaring his bid for president of the United States on a pro-marijuana reform platform.
Waka Flocka announced his pseudo-candidacy during a video interview with Rolling Stone magazine on April 20, a day marked by some as an unofficial marijuana holiday. Off-camera, a voice is heard coaching the rapper through signing what appears to be a Federal Election Committee “Statement of Candidacy” form.
“I’m very pleased to announce today that on 4/20, the best day of the year, I will be running for president,” he says to the camera.
“The first thing I’m going to do when I get in office: legalize marijuana.”
The video continues with the rapper rolling marijuana cigarettes and smoking while talking about his affinity for the drug. He also cautioned that children shouldn’t smoke until they are old enough.
The FEC has not received his statement of candidacy yet, a spokesperson told The Hill. But the rapper, 28, won't be old enough to run for president until 2024.
Waka Flocka isn't alone in entertaining White House dreams, as 273 other people have filed papers to run for the 2016 presidential election.
But while the field might be crowded, Waka Flocka only believes that Hillary Clinton (D) is a true challenge on his path to the White House.
“Hillary is my only competition right now, because the women love her and she’s honest and her husband is Bill,” he said.
The rapper’s call to completely legalize pot would stand out in the presidential field. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is currently sponsoring a bill to effectively legalize medical marijuana federally, but none of the current candidates for president are calling for legalization for personal use.
Waka Flocka also argues for a number of other reforms unlikely to see time on the national stage, including prohibiting anyone with a shoe size over 13 from walking in public.
But he does have one more politically palatable platform: raising the minimum wage.
“I’m gonna raise minimum wage, I feel like all fast food restaurants should be paying $15 an hour since In-and-Out Burger is doing it.”
— This story was updated at 4:25 p.m.