One U.S. mayor may take advantage of quarantine to hide their face in shame after a recent gaffe on social media.
Raleigh, North Carolina Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin recently encouraged area residents to leave big tips on pickup and delivery orders from local restaurants. In order to illustrate her point, Baldwin tweeted a photo of her and a group of people in her home about to feast on a big assortment of take out, saying they had left a 35% tip on the order.
The only problem is that Baldwin accidentally included a little detail in the photo which might explain why she and her posse were so hungry: what looked a lot like a cannabis vape pen.
Baldwin has caught a lot of teasing about the inclusion, and not all of it good natured. Some critics were quick to point out the hypocrisy of allowing cannabis use in the mayor’s home while authorities in North Carolina and Raleigh in particular frequently arrest and incarcerate people for cannabis-related crimes.
In the state, possession of more than half an ounce of hash or concentrate is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishableby a fine and up to 45 days in jail.
In Raleigh specifically, police have made 3,154 cannabis-related arrests from January 31, 2017 to July 7, 2019, as reported by The Independent.
While Baldwin could be reaping some benefits of her privileged position, she has also been a vocal advocate for reform of cannabis enforcement in Raleigh.
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