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Pro – Marijuana Candidate Gary Johnson Announces 2012 Presidential Bid

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Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson Formally announces his bid for the GOP nomination in 2012. Johnson, made his announcement on the steps of the New Hampshire State House Thursday Morning. Johnson, 58 has been a strong supporter of marijuana legalization, joking once “I never exhaled.”

Johnson served as governor from 1995 through 2003. Before that, he started a one-person fix-it business that grew to 1,000 employees. He says he can fix the nation by asking two simple questions: What are we spending our money on? And what are we getting in return?

“Today’s mess didn’t just happen. We elected it — one senator, member of Congress and president at a time,” Johnson said in a statement. “Our leaders in Washington, D.C., have ‘led’ America to record unemployment, a devalued currency, banking scandals, the mortgage crisis, drug crisis, economic crisis, loss of our nation’s industrial might — and a long list of other reminders our nation is way off course.”

More than just supporting legalization, though, Johnson admits to using weed both as a youth and more recently: between 2005 and 2007, after a paragliding accident, even though medical marijuana was at that point still illegal in New Mexico.

“Rather than using painkillers, which I have used on occasion before, I did smoke pot, as a result of having broken my back, blowing out both of my knees, breaking ribs, really taking about three years to recover,” Johnson says.

Johnson has foregone an exploratory committee and instead jumped straight into the race. He plans to hold a press conference Thursday afternoon, and on Friday he will host a kick-off event in Manchester. Johnson has spent much of the last year traveling the country as part of a campaign for his group, Our America Initiative.

“We can’t afford to simply kick the can down the road for another four or eight years,” he told supporters Thursday.

http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/

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  • frank Eason

    Wow a candidate who might do something good. Provided the ignorant voters could see past his admition to smoking a little weed. All the other canidates would have no problem allowing “criminals” who break immigration laws be given instant citizenship and the right to vote of coarse if for them…
    However the electoral college nomatter how many popular votes he received would never allow somebody who is not a corprate whore to get into the. White House.

  • Jonathan

    I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson! End the wars, balance the budget, equal rights for LGBT and legalize marijuana! This guy is exactly what America needs! The People’s President.

    Gary Johnson is hands down the most fiscally conservative GOP candidate. When he first got into office he was asked by his staff how he wanted his name on the state welcome signs. He said Don’t put my name on those signs! If we spend money to change them lets put Welcome to New Mexico from the Citizens of New Mexico so we don’t have to spend money changing them in the future. His is a good steward of tax dollars and looks at everything from a cost benefit Analysis. He balanced the heck out of 8yrs worth of budgets as governor. And is the only candidate talking about submitting a balanced budget in 2013.