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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

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Gary Johnson admits to recently smoking marijuana

By Matthew Reichbach | 12.06.10 | 3:00 pm

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.”

Johnson called for legalizing marijuana earlier this year and supported an unsuccessful ballot initiative in California that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use.


  • Elwar

    From what I’ve seen, the pharmacutical companies have been pushing Oxyconton as a pain drug of choice and people are getting hooked left and right.
    He was smart to use marijuana to treat the pain. It does the job and it’s not physically addictive.
    If only people now hooked on Oxies and Roxies had gone that route.

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