By Guy Bentley
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson promises he won’t use marijuana if he’s elected president in November.
Johnson won the nomination for the second time May 29 and picked former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld as his running mate.
In an interview with The Hill Monday, Johnson freely admitted he had used marijuana as “recently as a month ago” but promised he would not use the drug if he is sworn into the Oval Office in 2016.
Johnson has been abstinent from alcohol for 30 years. Before running for president he was the executive of marijuana company Cannabis Sativa Inc.
Although he has promised not to use marijuana himself, Johnson is adamant the drug should be legalized. “Marijuana products on the medicinal side directly compete with legal painkillers and anti-depressants that statistically kill 100,000 people a year,” Johnsons told The Hill. “Marijuana products — not one documented death.” (VIDEO: Gary Johnson On Polygamy: States Can ‘Have At It’)
The nation’s largest pro-legalization group, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), recently updated its Presidential Candidate Voter Guide to include third-party candidates.
MPP awarded Johnson an “A+,” making him the most pro-marijuana candidate along with Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
“Johnson has expressed support for legalizing marijuana at the federal level, removing it from the federal drug schedules, and allowing states to legalize and regulate marijuana for medical and adult use. He endorsed state ballot initiatives to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington,” says MPP’s voter guide. (RELATED: Most Pro-Marijuana Presidential Field In History — Trump Graded The Worst)
“This is the most marijuana-friendly field of presidential candidates in history,” said Robert Capecchi, MPP director of federal policies May 31. “All of the candidates support legal access to medical marijuana, and most of them support making it legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol. Even the least friendly candidate agrees that states should be able to able to determine their own marijuana laws without federal interference.”
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