Election 2012: Meet Gary Johnson

Here at CannabisSearch.com, we don’t endorse political candidates. We also recognize that any candidate’s position on MMJ is not the sole reason anyone should vote for them, or not…but as we start moving closer to next year’s presidential election, we will be talking about those candidates who are pro-pot (at least for medical purposes.)

Once such candidate is Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico who was incredibly popular in his home state, and who stepped down because of term limit laws. While he isn’t a current smoker of the weed, he used to partake, quitting because he felt his productivity was being adversely affected. (He also stopped using alcohol and some kinds of sugar.)

Even so, Johnson says he supports the rights of other people to toke up, as long as they do it in a way that the government can regulate and tax. He also feels that the current “war on drugs” is a total failure.

In a recent interview with Reason, Johnson said, “Drugs account for half of law enforcement spending, half of prison spending, half of court spending. What are we getting for it? We are arresting 1.6 million people a year in this country on drug-related charges, and it’s a failure.”

Johnson also supports government programs designed to reduce harm from heroin use, and believes that giving the drug to addicts in controlled circumstances is preferable to having them risk disease or death from the use of unclean needles or in order to make enough money to buy the drug on the street.

Other issues Johnson (who is often described as a Libertarian) supports are school vouchers, privately built roads, and privately built prisons.

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5 Responses to Election 2012: Meet Gary Johnson

  1. bryanfury85 says:

    Can’t cosign this, privately built prisons mean you have to keep a certain amount of people in prisons at a time. The prison system will become a retail industry

  2. lindzzz says:

    At least he can see that the war on drugs is an epic failure. I can definitely get behind that statement. More privatized roads, not so much. Who wants more fastrack b.s., expand public roads to accomodate the rise in the number of people on the road.

  3. SkillitHits247 says:

    Good point, lindzzz; I also like that he was able to recognize the other harmful drug programs that are doing more harm than good… Only time will tell how Johnson is going to handle himself in the future political issues.

  4. kushie q says:

    I love that he can open mindedly see the point to medical use of marijuana. That tells me a lot about him as an individual. I don’t agree with his view on the prisons or on roads. But I could probably live with those faults, if he continues to stand up in the fight for marijuana. But the future is yet to be seen.

  5. reese 10 says:

    Regardless of Johnson’s position on other issues, it’s just great to see a presidential candidate that openly admits he’s pro-cannabis. I don’t like his support of private prisons but his support on MMJ may open the door for others to admit they are supportive as well.