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Gov. Gary Johnson: I smoked marijuana from 2005 to 2008

Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and a likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate, hasn’t been shy about his support for marijuana legalization or his personal use of the drug during his younger days. “I never exhaled,” he joked in a recent interview with The New Republic. But in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Johnson admitted publicly for the first time that he smoked marijuana more recently—from 2005 to 2008—for medicinal purposes, he says.

“It’s not anything I volunteer, but you’re the only person that actually asked about it,” says Johnson, who governed New Mexico from 1994 to 2002. “But for luck, I guess, I wasn’t arrested.” Although smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes was illegal in New Mexico until 2007, Johnson says he needed the drug following a 2005 paragliding accident in Hawaii. His sails got caught in a tree, he stalled—and fell about fifty feet straight down to the ground, he says. Johnson suffered multiple bone fractures, including a burst fracture to his T12 vertebrae. “In my human experience, it’s the worst pain I’ve ever felt.”

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  • jsknow

    Learn how and why marijuana became illegal, follow the money and it will all make sense. Speak up and demand marijuana legalization!

    Why do so many people support taxing marijuana? Marijuana is a natural plant that is nontoxic. Tobacco kills hundreds of thousands of people every year in the USA according to the Government. No one, of any age, in all of recorded history, anywhere on planet earth, has ever died from the ingredients in marijuana and they never will, marijuana is nontoxic!

    After they learn the truth about marijuana and the drug war 80% support rationally regulating marijuana instead of prohibiting it. Virtually all the drug war propaganda is nothing but pure lies. Marijuana does not cause aggressive behavior. Marijuana does not cause dangerous driving, Google: MARIJUANA DRIVING STUDY. Marijuana does not cause cancer, brain damage or any serious health problems. Marijuana prohibition does not keep kids away from marijuana, illegal dealers don’t ask for ID.

    The laws prohibiting marijuana are NOT a result of any harm from marijuana. They are the result of racism, lies and greed. Read the well documented proof of that and a lot more marijuana TRUTH in these two articles: “WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither” and “MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril”, click the links to those articles on this webpage:
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    Voting for Gary Johnson and others that support legalizing marijuana is a good way to cast your vote for people that are not being bought off and paid to lie to you by corporations that see marijuana as unwanted competition. Alcohol, tobacco, petroleum, cotton, timber, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few all see marijuana as unwanted competition.

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  • clw

    “In principle, Johnson thinks abortion should be legal in most cases. ‘I support a woman’s right to choose [abortion] up until viability of the fetus,’ he says. Why does viability endow human beings with the right to life? ‘I don’t personally have a sense that life starts at conception,’ Johnson answers intuitively. ‘I don’t personally have that sense’.”

    Doesn’t fly with me. Life begins at conception, if you have a brain, and know anything about science, genetics, and biology, you get that.

    • GunTotingLibertarian.PhD

      I have a brain and know quite a bit about science and genetics and I completely disagree with you.

      • zelda

        I never knew what there was to disagree with. From conception, the being created is both alive and human. I’m not sure how it can be argued any differently. All that is argued is whether that life has fewer rights because of its location.

      • clw

        Why should anyone think that they have the right to open the trap door under someone’s else’s feet, if the victim has done nothing wrong? Who would have that kind of audacity?

      • clw

        …as was so famously put in the movie “The Birdcage”… why doesn’t the mother just kill herself, and the baby will go down with the ship? Perhaps ‘Planned Parenthood’ could change things up a bit by killing the mothers who want the babies dead. Problem solved. What’s the difference if the goal is to kill someone? TWO fewer mouths to feed. Liberals should love it.

    • krjohnson

      I agree with you, but I don’t think that this is a particularly important issue at the moment. In fact, for everything we need done at the national level (basically no public funding for abortion, and some constitutional judges) Gary Johnson is 100% on our side.

      Just because he happens to believe that life begins at viability of the fetus (which includes being preserved by artificial means, and which he admits is a moving target) doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a fantastic candidate for President.

      • clw

        I understand what you’re saying. It’s just a personal line I’m not willing to cross. I just wish people who felt otherwise would just admit that killing babies is OK with them instead of equivocating and pretending that life doesn’t begin at conception when we all know it does. It’s just a lie. They know life begins at conception. We ALL know it does.

        I think there are SO many way more qualified and ultra-competent conservatives who would do a great job as President without catering to the pro-”choice” (THEIR choice) crowd.

        • krjohnson

          You know, I really can’t think of any better ones. I like Mike Pence, but he’s only a congressman and also he’s a grade A war hawk, which I don’t believe is consistent with constitutional conservatism. There’s Daniels and Pawlenty who I think would be pretty good, but I like Johnson better because he walked the walk from the beginning and before it was popular. The rest though… no good.

          Romney? Ugh, not a conservative.
          Gingrich? Even worse.
          Palin? I like her positions, but she would just get crushed in the general.
          Ron Paul? Same story as Palin except he’s going to get crushed in the primary.
          Huckabee? Total, unmitigated disaster.

          I’m going with the most small government candidate I can find with a shot at winning. We’ll see who comes out where but at the moment that appears to be Johnson.

  • NeoKong

    I think John McCormack has been puffing on some doobage as well.

    For a typical presidential candidate, admitting to illegally smoking marijuana just a few years ago would be badly damaging. But Gary Johnson isn’t a typical candidate. He’s a libertarian prophet crying out for the Republican Party to “get back to the religion of the pocketbook,” and spreading his message takes precedence over appealing to Republican primary voters. His personal marijuana story may even help him spread the word. And marijuana legalization may, in fact, be a much easier sell to Republican primary voters than Johnson’s positions on national security, foreign policy, and social policy.

    A likely presidential candidate….?
    Don’t make me laugh.
    I hope the Weekly Standard asks for it’s money back for such a ridiculous article.
    Let him run on his “personal marijuana story” . I’m sure it will be a winner.

    (Shakes head)