Gov. Gary Johnson: I Smoked Marijuana from 2005 to 2008
Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and a likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate, hasn’t been shy about his support for marijuana legalization or his personal use of the drug during his younger days. “I never exhaled,” he joked in a recent interview with The New Republic. But in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Johnson admitted publicly for the first time that he smoked marijuana more recently—from 2005 to 2008—for medicinal purposes, he says.
“It’s not anything I volunteer, but you’re the only person that actually asked about it,” says Johnson, who governed New Mexico from 1994 to 2002. “But for luck, I guess, I wasn’t arrested.” Although smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes was illegal in New Mexico until 2007, Johnson says he needed the drug following a 2005 paragliding accident in Hawaii….
Should Johnson run for president—and he’s giving every indication that he will run without saying so due to the tax status of his Our America Initiative—it will be interesting to see if Ron Paul supporters will tolerate Johnson’s more socially liberal views. But at the very least he shouldn’t have too much trouble reaching out to Randians.