U.S.: Gary Johnson Promises Not To Get High In The White House If Elected President
By Steve Elliott
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Monday promised he won't use marijuana if he's elected president in November.
Johnson, who won the Libertarian nomination for the second time on May 29, picked former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld as his running mate, reports Guy Bentley at The Daily Caller.
The candidate freely admitted in a Monday interview with Jonathan Easley at The Hill that he'd used cannabis as "recently as a month ago," but for some reason promised he wouldn't use it if he is sworn into the Oval Office in 2017.
"The notion of getting that call at midnight or two o'clock -- people need to know there's a firm voice on the other side," he said.
Johnson said he hasn't touched alcohol for 30 years. Before launching his current presidential bid, he was CEO of the marijuana company Cannabis Sativa Inc.
He added that legalizing cannabis would lead to less substance abuse overall, because people would find it to be a "safer alternative than everything else out there, starting with alcohol."
Although promising not to use it himself, Johnson said marijuana should be legalized. "Marijuana products on the medicinal side directly compete with legal painkillers and anti-depressants that statistically kill 100,000 people a year," he said. "Marijuana products -- not one documented death."
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) recently updated its Presidential Candidate Voter Guide to include third-party candidates. MPP gave Johnson an A+, making him the most pro-cannabis candidate, along with Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
"Johnson has expressed support for legalizing marijuana at the federal level, removing it from the federal drug schedules, and allowing states to legalize and regulate marijuana for medical and adult use," according to MPP's voter guide. "He endorsed state ballot initiatives to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington."
"This is the most marijuana-friendly field of presidential candidates in history," said MPP federal policies director Robert Capecchi. "All of the candidates support legal access to medical marijuana, and most of them support making it legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol. Even the least friendly candidate agrees that states should be able to determine their own marijuana laws without federal interference."
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