An Alabama businessman who calls himself a conservative Democrat said he’ll work to legalize marijuana if voters pick him as their next governor.
Chad “Chig” Martin, 53, has qualified to run for the Democratic nomination in the May 24 primary. Martin, of Enterprise, and Yolanda Flowers of Birmingham are the two candidates to qualify with the Democratic Party so far.
Qualifying ends January 28, reports AL.com.
“I’m An Independent At Heart And I Always Will Be”
The candidate runs Thunder Industrial, a repair and maintenance parts company, Honeysuckle Hemp, which sells CBD products, and a mobile home park his parents started more than 50 years ago. He played college football and has recorded country music songs.
Martin started a write-in campaign on Facebook for that 2018 election. He believes that got him a good start developing a base of supporters. But as this year’s election approached, he decided he could didn’t have a shot without a party.
“I’m an independent at heart and always will be,” Martin said. “And the Democratic Party looked like an opportunity that just suited me well.”
“The Republican Party was a party that is full of millionaires typically with lots of money,” he said. “And when I saw this opportunity with the Democratic Party, a lot of values I have aligned with them. It just looked like it would be my best opportunity to get into a head-to-head with Kay Ivey here in the state of Alabama. And that’s what the goal was.”
“I Want To Open Up The Free Trade Of Cannabis In Alabama”
Martin said he believes marijuana is a safer drug than alcohol. Chig said he would like to see it legalized and taxed to boost Alabama’s economy and revenues.
A medical cannabis commission is still working to set up that program. Products won’t be available until next year.
“I want to open up the free trade of cannabis in the state of Alabama without regulations, not just allowing certain groups or companies to participate in this,” Martin said.
“Alcohol Is Much More Dangerous Than Cannabis”
Martin said he believes decriminalizing marijuana would help the court system and reduce crowding in jails and prisons.
“Alcohol is much more dangerous than cannabis,” Martin said. “People can buy all they want freely and get as drunk as they want now. And they’re much more dangerous than people out there using cannabis.”
Martin’s official name is Charles Glenn Martin. Martin said his sister started calling him Chad when he was a baby. Teammates gave him the nickname Chig, short for chigger, when Martin started playing football.