Benjamin Thomas Wolf is running for U.S. Congress, Fifth District, Illinois, and among his platforms is the legalization of cannabis. Wolf is being called the Cannabis Candidate, and it’s surprising to some that such a platform be adopted by a man who has also served as a stellar FBI agent.
“We think that talking about legalizing cannabis is a really important topic right now,” Wolf recently stated on The Jam. “Firstly, it’s medicine for tens of millions of Americans. It is the first step to real criminal justice reform in this country. And thirdly we think it can bring billions of dollars in tax revenue to this state (Ohio).”
Wolf added that he is 100 percent supportive of cannabis for recreational use and that he is happy to be leading the charge to legalize it federally.
Born and raised in Kent, Ohio by two public school teachers, Wolf quickly learned the core values of education and hard work. At the age of twelve, he discovered the pleasure of public service while working for the local parks and recreation department.
After completing a university internship on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., Wolf was recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He graduated from the F.B.I. Academy and worked for years within the National Security Division on the highest-priority terrorism, intelligence, and international security matters.
He later transferred to the U.S.Department of State as an American diplomat and earned tenure in the Foreign Service while advancing security and diplomatic efforts abroad. Wolf actively and loyally served four Secretaries of State and advised dozens of U.S.ambassadors. He received his Foreign Service tenure directly from Secretary Clinton and often traveled with U.S. Presidents as a security and human rights liaison. Wolf volunteered to work in conflict and war zones while protecting and defending the lives of others. He also has served multiple times in Iraq.
The candidate has a modern multicultural family and raised his twin boys in Africa during his diplomatic postings to Algeria and Senegal. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in International Psychology, he says he will continue working in Chicago as a professor while being an advocate for international human rights and global justice issues.