To be blunt – Carly likes weed. When she’s not fighting for a future of marijuana legalizations, you might find her bottomless brunching, jamming out to Drake, or binge-watching “New Girl”. Get to know Carly Wolf with our 1:1 interview!
Allie: I hear you have a pretty, um, dope job. Tell me about it!
Carly: I’m a political associate with the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Our mission is to change federal laws to legalize marijuana. We do grassroots advocacy on behalf of the cannabis consumer – rather than businesses. My goal as a lobbyist is for marijuana users to be treated fairly in every aspect of their lives.
Allie: Where do you see the future of marijuana legalization going in DC, and beyond?
Carly: It’s definitely going to be legal everywhere soon, it’s going to continue incrementally on a state by state basis. And government will just have to respect that, and not interfere. It’s tricky in DC because we’re not a state so our budget is controlled by Congress, and they blocked us from using our local money to set up regulated marijuana market – so there’s nowhere to legally buy it.
Allie: How did you wind up working for NORML?
Carly: I used to want to be a cop, so I studied criminal justice in college. I wound up interning at NORML my last semester of college, and got offered a job when I graduated! [My criminal justice background helps me] come at my job from a social justice perspective.
Allie: If you woke up and had a totally free day in DC, beautiful weather, and unlimited money, what would you do from start to finish?
Carly: I’m not a morning person, so I’d sleep in. I’d do a bottomless brunch at Sixth Engine—I’d get a ham, egg, and cheese sandwich on a pretzel roll. Then, I’d go to the Newseum which is my favorite museum in the city. Then, I’d hit up Georgetown for some shopping. I would tell myself I don’t need it, but would end up getting Georgetown Cupcake. Then, I’d end the day at one of my favorite restaurants RPM—they have really good meatballs.
Allie: Who is your Jewish role model?
Carly: Drake. He’s my favorite – he’s so talented, and never forgets his roots.
Allie: What’s your favorite Passover food or tradition?
Carly: Hands down, favorite food is my grandma’s brisket.
Allie: What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming year?
Carly: The midterm elections. With all the controversy in the White House, I think this is a year the Democrats will take back the majority and I’m excited to see how the results will play out. And, it could be the year for marijuana legalization!
Allie: What are your favorite ways to relax and destress?
Carly: I like to cook Italian food – lasagna in a crockpot. I’m a Netflix binger, right now I’m watching “New Girl” because I love Zooey Deschanel. And also, smoking pot.
Allie: Complete the sentence: When Jews of DC Gather…
Carly: The world gets a lot smaller. Actually, at the first GatherDC happy hour I went to, I met someone who I found out was my next door neighbor from when I grew up in New Jersey!