Article by Amy Minsky, Global News
The increasing polarization and divisiveness of American politics might prove helpful in Jesse Ventura’s ongoing battle to legalize marijuana south of the border, said the author, former professional wrestler and governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.
“This could be the issue of revolution in the United States,” he told The West Block’s Tom Clark. “The people should rise up with this issue to send a message to Washington: we’re the boss, not you. We’re the employer, you’re the employee, and you’re there to do our bidding.”
Aside from his past careers as a writer, pro wrestler and public office holder, Ventura was also a member of the elite U.S. Navy SEALS and a visiting fellow at Harvard University. He’s never been shy about sharing his views on most matters, and his latest book, called Marijuana Manifesto, is a call to federally legalize pot south of the border and cash in on the black market.
Ventura, speaking on Sunday from Minneapolis, said that although the political landscape in the United States seems to be imploding, voters actually have quite a bit of common ground.
“You have the [one-time Democratic presidential candidate] Bernie Sanders forces and the [Republican presidential nominee] Donald Trump forces. And believe it or not, they wanted the same thing,” he said. “They’re just far left and far right. But they both want to clean house in Washington.”