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Libertarian Gary Johnson expected to endorse FL medical marijuana effort

JohnsonaLibertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the former Republican New Mexico governor, plans to advocate for a Florida medical-marijuana initiative.

"Johnson is expected to the endorse the current effort to put a Constitutional Amendment to legalize Medicinal Marijuana on the Florida ballot in 2014" said Johnson's Florida political advisor, Roger Stone, a one-time GOP operative who lives in Miami Beach.

It's a tough haul just getting an issue on the Florida ballot. And getting it passed is even harder -- it takes 60% to get a state constitutional amendment approved. The People United for Medical Marijuana group (PUFMM) has raised $40,628 and spent $33,470 since 2009 for the issue.

Johnson's pro-pot stance could pay dividends for his current presidential campaign. He's pulling just 1 percent in The Miami Herald's latest poll. But, as Ralph Nader proved in 2000, a percent means a lot in a tight Florida election.

As a former Republican who was locked out of all but two GOP presidential debates, Johnson will likely pull some conservative voters his way for his stance on taxes and regulation. Republicans are so scared of Johnson that they're trying to keep him off the ballot in some states. Both parties are trying to block him from the debates.

But Johnson will probably pull some liberals to --for his stance on taxes and regulation because Johnson would like a repeal of the spirit of the 1934 Marihuana Tax Act, which started to make pot illegal.

Stone points out that Johnson -- a former Republican New Mexico governor -- has cred in the pot movement, with the Marijuana Policy project ranking him as the 11th most-influential toker, noting this quote of his: “In that state somebody came by and said, 'Gary? Would marijuana help do you think?' And my response was immediately, 'Yes, I don't know why I didn't think of it, but I think that would help immensely.' And it did."

To get the message out, allies have passed out packs of Johnson-emblazoned "Live Free" rolling papers that are printed by a group calling itself the Thomas Jefferson Coalition, which features an apparently apocryphal quote from the founding father. Folks pass them out at Johnson rallies like a gay-rights discussion in Orlando.

"Pardons to all first time non-violent drug offenders," the packs say on one side. "Haven't American families suffered enough?"

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Jillian Galloway

American taxpayers are being forced to pay $40 Billion a year for a prohibition that causes 10,000 brutal murders & 800,000 needless arrests each year, but which doesn't even stop CHILDREN from getting marijuana.

After seventy years of prohibition, it's obvious that the federal marijuana prohibition causes FAR more harm than good and must END! Drug Dealers Don't Card, Supermarkets Do.

robert

Thanks for the article. For info on people using voluntary Libertarian tools on similar and other issues, please see the non-partisan Libertarian International Organization @ http://www.Libertarian-International.org ....

USMJP

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to do to get this show is vote for Cris Ericson USMJP
United States Marijuana Party in Vermont and she will
grant pardons live on TV following an audience vote for
each marijuana offender. Watch the 2012 Governor candidate debate
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http://www.vpt.org Vermont Public Television supported by PBS
Oct. 4, 2012 at 7:30 - 9 PM EST Democrat Peter Shumlin,
Republican Randy Brock, Cris Ericson USMJP,
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Shumlin wants to "decriminalize" marijuana and
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will run for President of the United States in 2020.
She is currently also on the ballot for U.S. Senator
running against Bernie Sanders.
Sanders says NO to marijuana. Ericson says YES! http://usmjp.com

Susan Butler

As a life-long Democrat who,myself, has “cred in the pot movement,” I support Gary Johnson. But not only for his push to legalize marijuana. I want this country to end its world-wide war-for-profit modus operandi. Gov. Johnson brings the Libertarian ideals to national attention. These ideals, solutions and remedies for our national and international problems are straightforward common sense and I like that. I want the FED audited, our spending reduced and, of course, pot decriminalized and regulated. The nation needs to hear that.

Stinkyfoote50

I have my pack of “Live Free” rolling papers right here at my work station, waiting for marijuana to become legal. The 1934 Marihuana Tax Act has created some of the worst and most destructive casualties to ordinary families and individuals who simply want to relax with a puff rather than a drink. Gov. Johnson is right, “Haven’t American families suffered enough?”

Ed

Everything you wanted to know about Gary Johnson: http://ow.ly/dDO1P

robert

Thanks for the article. For info on people using voluntary Libertarian tools on similar and other issues, please see the non-partisan Libertarian International Organization @ http://www.Libertarian-International.org ....

knowa

The most Patriotic thing we can do is end Prohition today.

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