By Marina Pitofsky – 06/16/20 04:04 PM EDT

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A Frankfort City Commission candidate said that he supports legalizing marijuana before lighting a pipe during a live forum.

Tim Childers, a Frankfort, Ky., native who is one of a dozen candidates running for the Frankfort City Commission, lit the pipe during the forum, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

“Let’s go against the state and legalize something,” Childers said, lighting a marijuana pipe during the event recorded on May 27. “Big money in that. Bunch of states doing it. I have the answers — candidate with solutions, people.”

When Childers lit the pipe, he was advocating for a waiver for new businesses that would allow them to take advantage of a three-year period before turning in “government paperwork so they can incubate and grow.” He said that he owns property and “Kentucky reefer.”

Childers has previously vowed to run for the U.S. Senate in two years, according to the Herald-Leader.

He also told The Frankfort State Journal that he opposes removing the statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol Rotunda.

“I think it’s a big mistake,” Childers told the outlet. “You know, all this racial tension, it’s a few bad cops making all the cops look bad. Same thing could be said for Congress. A couple of congressmen look bad; should we fire all of them?”

There has been a renewed effort to remove Confederate statues and memorials across the country following the death of George Floyd. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died last month in Minneapolis after a former police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Protests have erupted over his death, calling for a slate of police reforms.

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