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Gary Johnson admits to recently smoking marijuana
Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, a tea party favorite and possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, told The Weekly Standard that he smoked marijuana for medicinal purposes from 2005 to 2008 following a paragliding accident in Hawaii. Johnson has long advocated from legalizing marijuana but has said in the past that he supports it despite no longer smoking marijuana (or drinking alcohol) himself.
“Rather than using painkillers, which I have used on occasion before, I did smoke pot, as a result of having broken my back, blowing out both of my knees, breaking ribs, really taking about three years to recover,” Johnson told The Weekly Standard.
In the past, Johnson has said that he does not smoke marijuana because it is “a handicap.”
“I don’t smoke marijuana anymore. I don’t drink. Marijuana is a handicap. So is alcohol,” Johnson told Reason magazine nearly 10 years ago, well before the time he says he began smoking marijuana again. “Alcohol is a terrible handicap. But in spite of being a handicap, it shouldn’t be criminal.”
Johnson is currently the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, a nonprofit.
The Our America Initiative stance on marijuana is that, “Marijuana should be regulated and taxed by the federal government (just like tobacco is currently), which would lead to a lower price for the product and eliminate the criminal element from its distribution, much like the repeal of the prohibition of alcohol many decades back.”