Sep 242012
 

gary johnsonGary Johnson Supports The Marijuana Movement, But Does The Marijuana Movement Support Him?

“Let’s end the unworkable marijuana prohibition and put our money where our mouth is. Let’s solve the problems like border crime. We can do it with pot legalization.”

 - Gary Johnson, Presidential candidate — Libertarian party

Within the United States, polling the American public to get its pulse on certain political topics has been a tried and tested tool for many candidates seeking political office. As we have seen within the last 12 months, the American sentiment towards the marijuana plant and its legalization has cultivated a strong following. As the often cited Gallup poll demonstrates, approximately 50% of Americans are under the impression that marijuana should be legalized. Yet, neither of the major parties candidate concurs – with the exception of independent Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson.

As Gary Johnson sees it, during this political season there is a clear chasm between what the American public wants, and what the Democratic and Republican Parties are willing to offer. As such, Johnson sees a distinct and unattended need festering in the current political debate — the legalization of marijuana.

When one hears Gary Johnson speak on the topic of marijuana legalization, there appears to be something more than just a political calculation on his mind. Candidate Johnson had an epiphany back in 1999, when he was in his second term as Republican Gov. of the border state of New Mexico. Living in a border state, in addition to being the governor, gave Johnson a firsthand look at the epic failure in America’s war on drugs. When then Gov. Johnson made his initial announcement regarding his stance on the war on drugs, his approval rating immediately hit the skids and slid 30 points. As the national denunciations by prominent political figures poured into the Gov.’s office, from both sides of the aisle, condemnation rained down. Despite the shit storm within the “political world”…his constituents warmly embraced his crossing over to the side of common sense and human decency. Gov. Johnson received e-mails, phone calls, faxes and even letters sent via snail mail from his voting supporters.

It is with this acquired history that Gov. Gary Johnson has attained his goal – credibility within the Libertarian party, whose movement he has now embraced. While Gov. Johnson is a noteworthy candidate on the national level, he has yet to gain the same enthusiastic support as those following Representative Ron Paul. (*Interesting side note: while both Ron Paul and Gary Johnson support marijuana legalization and Ron Paul was the candidate for the Libertarian party back in 1988. Ron Paul has declined to endorse and anoint Gary Johnson, as the Libertarian candidate, for the President of the United States of America.)

During the 2008 presidential race, the Libertarian party managed to only extract 523,713 votes from the American public totaling only . 40%.  Not even half of 1% of the American public even knew that Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn root existed. It is against this backdrop that Gary Johnson’s chances begin to look relatively bleak. Currently Gov. Johnson is only qualified to appear on the ballot in 47 states. While his campaign is fighting vigorously to be included in the remaining three; Oklahoma, Michigan and Pennsylvania all remain holdouts.

As Gov. Johnson disseminates his logic on marijuana legalization within the national press, his overall approval rating, while not overtly high, has gone up to 4%. And that could be a game changer for one of the major party candidates.

Source: Marijuana.com

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Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Schweter/100002893852509 Stephen Schweter

    I like gary Johnson and agree with his policy on ganga or mary jane or whatever elese you know it as. he is correct on foreign,Correct on Budget policy and just makes plain common sense. His record in New Mexico proves his Abilities
    Peace
    Stephen Schweter

  • Burlwood Barry

    JFK tried to end the Federal Reserve and look what happened to him ;
    suppose for a moment that Gary Johnson beats all the odds and actually
    becomes president – do you think he would be allowed to remove cannabis
    from Schedule I, with *no* personal repercussions for Gary Johnson
    himself? very doubtful, especially in a 2012 world. Also, voting for Ron
    Paul or Gary Johnson *just* for their stance on cannabis, while they are wrong on dozens on other issues, is like voting
    for the fox to be the new guard at the hen house, just because the fox
    happens to spend a lot of time with chickens, so the fox is surely trustworthy, right? riiiight?? paahahahah

    • pj

      look at the shit we got watching the chickens now nothing but blood sucking ticks

      • ColleenMcCool

        That’s poli tics! But wait wasn’t that what The Declaration of Independence and that war was fought over. A declaration is an affirmation. Independence means self-government. They could have called it The Affirmation of Self-Government! Aha! Our Founders were libertarian. Dream ON, Save it!
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    • jontomas

      Johnson is right on a lot more than just marijuana. The primary one is Obama and the Democrats have shown there is little difference between themselves and the Republicans. They have become totally corrupt and in the pocket of the one percent.

      Obama continues the wars that profit no one but wealthy investors, the persecution of marijuana consumers, loading his cabinet with one-percenters, bailing out the banks instead of the people, the HUGE attacks on our freedom from Patriot Act and similar horrendous underminings of our liberty and privacy. He even gave himself (and future presidents) the right to KILL Americans with no due process. All of these attacks on our freedom are vehemently opposed by Governor Johnson.

      The two mainstream parties are hauling us rapidly toward a police state. Both work for the one percent, and cannot be trusted in the least degree.

      I have followed Johnson’s career for many years. He is extremely honest, would have a transparent administration, and would work for the 99 percent.

      He already has a great track record as governor of New Mexico.

  • ColleenMcCool

    Obama and Romney have forsaken the American Dream. True patriots won’t waste a vote on them.

    A declaration is an affirmation. Independence means self-government. They could have called The Declaration of Independence, The Affirmation of
    Self-Government! Aha! Our Founders were libertarian.

    Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray are the only choice to Save the American Dream: Self-Government, freedom from big government tyranny and oppression…. and to Restore Justice, the guardian of Liberty! The people believe in self-government and self-medication.

    I joined the Million Vote March! http://bit.ly/millionvote http://millionvotemarch.com/?page_id=25.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Caple/100003246342669 William Caple

    I’ll be voting for him, regardless of his stance on marijuana. He’s the best candidate.

  • Supernevadasmith

    I am a Ron Paul supporter but this election, I will be voting for Gary Johnson. Dr. Paul had been the best hope for an end to the disgraceful,shameful “War On People” called “The War On Drugs”, now Gary Johnson is carrying the torch of hope.
    We all live now in some bizarre alternate reality of what America is supposed to be, I could continue and write a whole Op-Ed on how every damn problem our society now faces is rooted in the hypocritical nature of the Marijuana Laws, but suffice to say :We have had too many casualties of war already, enough, Peace Now ! End The Drug War !

  • http://www.facebook.com/harry.houston.794 Harry Houston

    To anyone who uses Marijuana or hemp in any way: Would you vote for someone that will use your tax money to put you in jail for doing so???

  • http://www.facebook.com/harry.houston.794 Harry Houston

    Amsterdam has a working model. All we need to do is copy it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/harry.houston.794 Harry Houston

    Legalized hemp would not put police in the unemployment line. It would free up Thousands of police to work on other things like, to find missing children, or to work on stopping the slavery market, even track down killers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/harry.houston.794 Harry Houston

    Oil, plastics and paper industry can convert to processing hemp and make more money. The logging industry can use all there clear cut land and grow commercial hemp and sell it to the oil, plastics and paper industry. It is a win win for all. Look at all the people the die every year in the logging industry Fatality rate for loggers per 100,000 workers: 92 in 2011! Growing commercial hemp would be a lot safer.

  • Gary

    SIGN and SHARE this petition to End The Marijuana Prohibition Nationwide NOW! http://www.facebook.com/events/413351082064430/

  • Colton Weber

    Yes, I love this guy. I’m on probation for marijuana, and it’s bullshit! Cops should have better things to do, than look for a marijuana bust. Shouldn’t cops be looking for bigger crime? Like a Meth lab busy? Marijuana doesn’t cause much problems, other than the fact: His reaction timing is slower than normal. It relaxes ones mind, and can calm a person down. VOTE FOR GARY JOHNSON!!!!(:

  • Frank

    June 22, 2011 was the end of the marijuana prohibition. From this point it is up to the states to legalize.