Ex-Governor Gary Johnson: “Yes, It Is Time For Pot Legalization, Mr. President”

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director February 2, 2011

    Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is no stranger to marijuana law reform. Johnson was the keynote speaker at last year’s national NORML Conference (listen to his remarks here) and the topic of cannabis legalization is a prominent plank in his Presidential exploratory campaign.

    Today he takes to the Net in response to the President’s artful dodge last week regarding the need to federal drug law reform. And he doesn’t mince words.

    Yes, It Is Time For Pot Legalization, Mr. President
    via Huffington Post

    The Web is humming with stories and discussion from the aftermath of President Obama’s response to questions about drug legalization during last Thursday’s YouTube forum. While his words this time around are a bit more encouraging than previous signals from the administration, I would strongly suggest that we all, including the president, cut through the platitudes and get to the truth about marijuana prohibition.

    If, as the president suggests, it is time for a “serious debate” about legalization, let’s get to it, starting with a few questions that beg for truth:

    Why, with record federal deficits and states teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, are we spending billions on yet another failed Prohibition that is accomplishing nothing other than making criminals out of millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens and fueling drug cartels that threaten our fundamental national security? Is it not time to try something different?

    Despite lip-service, about the need for treatment, harm-reduction and other strategies to address drug use as a health issue, why do the federal government’s actual policies and budget still treat the situation as almost entirely a law enforcement problem? 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.

    We need to deal with some simple truths. How do we reconcile the fact, that in a supposedly free society, it is legal for a responsible adult to purchase and consume alcohol, while purchasing and consuming marijuana is a crime? I, along with millions of other Americans, are still waiting for a credible answer to that one.

    You can read the full text of Mr. Johnson’s remarks here.

    62 Responses to “Ex-Governor Gary Johnson: “Yes, It Is Time For Pot Legalization, Mr. President””

    1. […] crimes and joins the growing chorus of current (Rep. Jared Polis) and former elected officials (Gov. Gary Johnson) calling for an end to adult marijuana prohibition. Marijuana is far more like alcohol than it is […]

    2. This goes out to Gary Johnson for president and any one else who is listening and cares!
      This is from a letter I wrote in 2006 and sent to all the news stations. Oprah, Mr. Obama on his campaign trail and even Sir Richard Branson of the United Kingdom when he donated 3 billion dollars to find alternative resources! It was little over 3 pages’ I’ll shorten to the point!!
      “It takes a big man to admit he’s been wrong”

      I have a topic/issue that is so powerful that I can not just let it go without a proper hearing of the American people and some answers from our United States Government in the name of Good Consciousness and the better-ment of all mankind!
      I started out with a simple question about an alternative source of energy and I found one plant that can do it all. The more I seek the more I found, the more I found the more I needed to seek!
      This is my America and I love her tremendously, this should be your America also and you should love her enough to protect her from wrong doing!
      As a good, law abiding, tax paying American citizen, I feel it is my moral obligation to report this very wrong doing to the proper authorities!( in this case I feel that is the American people) this is something that effects us all as a Human Race and an intelligent Society!
      This is about an alternative source of energy that the world desperatly needs and has known about the capabilities of this one plant that can single handedly provide the overall majority of the worlds paper and textile, meet all the worlds transportation, Industrial and home energy needs, reverse the greenhouse effect, stop deforestation, while simultaniously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time!( from Jack Herer’s book ” The Emperror wears no clothes” he extended a $100,000.00 challenge to prove him wrong. No one can prove him wrong and he knew it!) He is gone now , I miss you Jack, and I don’t want his work to be forotten or in vein!!
      Our government has been lying to the American people about Hemp since 1937 when the U.S. Secretary of treasury, Andrew Mellon and E.I. Du-Pont De Nemours & company conspired to intentionally defraud the American people with deceit, propaganda lies and mis-informations designed to demonize their competition in the cellulose based industries to create their monopoly that they hold to this day!(from the Schaffer library of drug policies, “unraveling an American delemma”. The demonization of marijuana, introduction: hidden motives)
      “If hemp would have remained legal,Du-pont who was sited as having the most to lose with his billions invested in patented processes would not have had the market cornered in cellulose -based industries!!!
      How can a law become a law when they broke so many federal laws to create the unjust law of the “Marijuana tax act of 1937″ (abused government powers in a conspiracy to intentionally defraud the American people with lies and mis-informations over-riding the laws of free-enterprize and fair competition to create a monopoly that they hold to this day, all of which are federal offenses of their own!!
      I believe our parents and grandparents were snubbed by our government with the highest decree of retort, therefore I request an appeal from the media and the commonwealth ( we the people, all Americans not just the commonly wealthy) after they learn the true facts about bio-mass alternative energy and what Hemp has done in the past( in our forefathers day, remember our forefathers?) and the reality of the full potential, true capabilities that Cannabis/Hemp can do for the future!
      This plant is not only medicine, and competition to petroleum, it can also be pressed for its highly nutritious vegetable oil which contains the highest amount of essential fatty acids in the plant kingdom, these essential oils are responsible for our immune responses and clear the arteries of colesteral and plaque!! to me that means it is preventative medicine to help keep us healthy, wouldn’t insurance companies want to know that! that should bring down health insurance cost!!
      our government knows all this yet they would rather over crowd or jails with senseless marijuana arrests, ruining American families and the American workforce!!
      It takes a big man to admit he has been wrong, admit you are wrong uncle Sam, you know the truth!!
      I say again “we need to get that Anslinger wool off our eyes and look honestly, seriously and intelligently, as a civilized “society” at all the true potential that this stifled plant can do for us before it is too late and we start looking at Communistic Socialism in the name and face of American democracy!!!
      Thank you again for all your time and co-operation!!

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