WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is set to visit Evansston, Indiana, where his mother’s family grew marijuana in the 1950s, to visit the family’s home and speak with members of the family, the White House announced Tuesday.
The visit will coincide with a visit by Vice President Joe Biden to the state, which has been dubbed a “blue wall state” for its strong anti-drug policies and strong support of medical marijuana.
It was not immediately clear how long Obama will be in the state.
A spokesperson for Biden said Biden is “deeply committed to helping the people of Indiana continue to grow a safer, more productive economy.”
Biden will hold a rally at the home of the Evansston family on Wednesday evening, the first time a vice president will visit the state in decades.
The president will make an appearance at the family home later in the day, the spokesperson said.
Obama has been on a three-day, two-state, five-day campaign swing through Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
On Monday, he met with the president of the United States, Vice President Mike Pence, as he campaigned for Democrats in Kentucky.
Obama will return to Chicago for an event on Tuesday, but is expected to skip a town hall meeting scheduled for Thursday at Northwestern University.
The campaign announced the visit on Monday, saying Obama will “visit Evansston to speak with residents and officials about the important issue of ending marijuana prohibition.”
Obama has made his opposition to the possession and sale of marijuana central to his reelection bid.
Obama has repeatedly said that he opposes legalization and has called for more research into the potential health risks associated with marijuana.