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June 24th, 2011
10:35 PM ET

Johnson: Legalize marijuana

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson tells CNN's Joe Johns why he is against higher taxes but for legalizing marijuana.

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  1. Bill

    End the Freebies ! Let them eat cake! Get a job and quit living of the taxpayers dime! End Wel-Fare, End Food Stamps, End Section 8 Housing Vote Ron Paul 2012

    June 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Jonathan Dine

    I believe Governor Gary Johnson is Obamas biggest threat. Its really hard for Obummers re-election team to paint a pro-choice, pro-gay rights, anti war GOP candidate who wants to legalize marijuana as a right wing extremist. His socially liberal stances will be attractive to democrat and independent voters. Not to mention he was a very successful two term(that's one more term than mitt romney) republican Governor in new mexico a state that is 2 to 1 democrat. He left office with a billion dollar surplus and was arguably the most fiscally conservative governor ever. He is a true Statesman and practices good stewardship of your tax dollars.

    Gary Johnson is a breath of fresh air compared to the other republican candidates. He is honest and smart! Its so nice not to be pandered to by slick talking sound bite politicians. Gary Johnson speaks slowly and eloquently, which does not lend itself to debates.

    He also will not engage in mud slinging or name calling. He ran two campaigns in NM where he never mentioned his opponent. He will stick to the issues and not try to blame obama. I met Gary Johnson twice last year in my state of MO.. Once when he spoke at UMKC and another event he spoke at Missouri Southern State University. in Joplin Mo. He took the time to answer all my questions and sincerely listened to my concerns.. He is obviously working harder than the other candidates! For this he has earned my vote and support! If you have not heard of Governor Gary Johnson, Google him!

    June 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  3. AFarm

    Hello fellow citizens of truth,
    I am here because I do not understand the necessity of big government being so afraid of...well, who knows? Legalizing marijuana where I'm from (Texas), will not even change to cultural aspect of life here. If anything, it may help some stodgy republicans to see that, their grandchildren smoke pot. Their neighbors smoke pot. Their friends from city hall smoke pot. Their basketball, soccer, baseball, and football players all smoke pot. Moms smoke pot before they go to the grocery store. I cannot say that this is true for every single person, but my town is quite small (less than 500,000), and I've lived here all my life. Interestingly though, we have a church every block, a successful business every block, and many of the people who operate these establishments smoke pot. They are all wonderful people, who give to the community, actively raise their kids, donate time and money to charities, and volunteer for the benefit of homeless and hungry. How can one say the pot is a drug which will send us to damnation, when all my own research indicates that it, in fact, enhances a more giving, emotional, calm, and extremely relevant side of us as people. We all live stressful, callous, unforgiving lives that can make the strongest person crazy. We've seen hell through our economy, we've lost money and faith, and many people have hurt as of late. However, pot make the dark a little brighter, and can truly make more than a financial difference. Giving people a choice to buy it from a store with safety would completely change the criminal aspect of going to a slinky neighborhood and sneaking around to get it. What a relief that would be. With all this said, I believe this wondeful county needs some positivity and a functional way to shave away some horrible mistakes to the deficit without riots and hate crimes and putting people out of house and home. This is the only answer.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  4. EdProcs

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    Ed –
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    September 23, 2011 at 2:04 am |