Although he acknowledged using marijuana “as recently as a month ago,” Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson vowed that, if elected president, he would not to use the illicit herb in the White House.
Speaking to The Hill in a video interview aired online Monday night, Johnson said, “The notion of getting that call at midnight or two o’clock — people need to know there’s a firm voice on the other side.”
The Libertarian Party platform “favor[s] the repeal of all laws creating ‘crimes’ without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes.”
The Hill‘s Jonathan Easley writes that “Johnson, who left a position as an executive at a marijuana company to run for president, said he has not touched alcohol in nearly 30 years.”
Cannabis, he added, was far safer than alcohol. “Marijuana products on the medicinal side directly compete with legal painkillers and anti-depressants that statistically kill 100,000 people a year,” Johnson said. “Marijuana products — not one documented death.”
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