Saturday, October 16, 2004

Bong salesman running for Congress

I like this one. I've always believed that the way we're going to get drug policy reform is to run candidates willing to come out in support of the issue.

James "Lex" Bufford, owner of the Strawberry Alarm Clock smoke shops in Merced and Madera, is the Democratic candidate in the 19th Congressional District, which stretches from Fresno to Modesto.

He's campaigning on a drug reform platform against five-term Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa, who grows wine grapes.

"If you want to call me a drug dealer, you have to call him a drug dealer, too," said Bufford, 52, who lives in Chowchilla.

He doesn't really stand a chance of winning in this heavily Republican district but if Bufford has a strong showing here, it's only a matter of time before others will jump on the reform bandwagon.


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