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Help Me Debate The War On Drugs With Obama And Romney

April 10, 2012Posted in Blog, News


Barack Obama lied to us.

When running for President in 2008 Obama said, “I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It’s not a good use of our resources.” Two years ago his Justice Department released a memo saying they would not prosecute those supplying and using medicinal marijuana in states where it is legal.

Now the Obama Justice Department is raiding, arresting and prosecuting citizens involved in supplying medical marijuana to people who need it in the states where it is legal.

President Obama also REJECTED a citizens’ petition to legalize marijuana as well as a citizens’ petition asking that marijuana be reclassified from a Schedule I drug, which is reserved for dangerous drugs, like heroin, with no medical value, to a Schedule II substance. Obama rejected both with the same tired, old, false arguments as the Bush Administration before him!

That’s why I need your help.

I will be the only national candidate for President on the ballot in all 50 states who favors the legalization of marijuana and the end of the expensive failed “war on drugs”.

I intend to put this issue on the front burner in the 2012 Presidential Race!

After two terms as governor of New Mexico I am seeking the National Libertarian Party nomination. My advocacy of drug law reform comes from both an economic perspective and a deep belief in personal freedom.

Since I myself benefited from a course of medicinal marijuana after a horrible accident, I know the Federal Government is wrong when they say again and again that marijuana has no medicinal value. Marijuana worked better to relieve my pain than heavy-duty painkillers with their side effects.

I believe that the continued prohibition of marijuana and the failed but expensive war on drugs makes little sense. We are spending billions arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating people for a non-violent crime. Those convicted are disproportionally poor and minorities. It’s a travesty and a monumental waste of our tax dollars

Candidly I don’t think the effects of marijuana are worse than those of alcohol but the sale of alcohol is licensed, regulated and taxed by the state. Cigarettes are harmful to your health, yet we allow, regulate and tax their sale. The continued prohibition of Marijuana makes no sense. Drug abuse should be treated like the pubic health problem it is—not a criminal issue.

Prohibition hasn’t stopped the use and domestic production of marijuana. Marijuana is currently used by over 25 million people annually and cannabis is the largest cash crop in the United States.

For most of human history, marijuana has been completely legal. America’s first marijuana law “ordering” farmers to grow Indian hempseed was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. In fact, cannabis hemp was legal tender in most of the Americas from 1631 until the early 1800s. You could even pay your taxes with cannabis hemp for over 200 years!

Henry Anslinger, working on behalf of businessmen wanting to destroy the burgeoning Hemp industry (since it competed with their investments in Cotton), lobbied congress to successfully pass The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 making marijuana illegal on a federal level.

Prior to this, marijuana was an acceptable part of society and had been around for hundreds of years. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were both known hemp smokers. George Washington grew cannabis at Mt. Vernon!

There has been much debate that marijuana is a gateway drug and that marijuana is addictive and leads to death. None of these things are true. There are no studies indicating that marijuana is a gateway drug and a recent report by the CDC has shown zero deaths related to marijuana in 2009. The same study attributes 440,000 deaths per year to smoking.

There is no unbiased study that indicates that marijuana is more injurious to your health than alcohol. Others before me, like Congressman Ron Paul, William F. Buckley, Jr., and now Rev. Pat Robertson all concluded that marijuana should be legalized.

I intend to run for President on a platform of legalizing marijuana, ending the failed “war on drugs” and enacting sensible drug law reform. As the Libertarian candidate I will be on the ballot in all 50 States with a Vice Presidential running mate.

If I get just 5% of the vote in 2012- just 5%- the Libertarian Party nominee for President in 2016 will be eligible for the same $90 million the Republicans and Democrats get from the Federal Treasury for the Fall campaign– and in 2016 a pro-marijuana candidate with $90 million to educate voters could actually win!

If I get 15% in the polls I will be included in the televised debates with Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. I can’t wait to ask Obama why he lied to us about medical marijuana in 2008 and why his Justice department is arresting and prosecuting people involved in the legal supplying of medical marijuana in states that allow it.

I want to debate whether it makes sense to legalize marijuana and I’m ready to take on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on this issue, but I need your help.

Won’t you rush a check for $25, $50, $100, $200 or $500 for my campaign today, or simply go to

Money is urgently needed for printing, postage, Internet TV ads, candidate travel, office space and advertising. My pro-pot campaign must raise $149,422.00 in the next seven days to insure that my name can appear on the ballot in all 50 states!

This is your opportunity to put the case for ending the government harassment of medicinal marijuana, legalizing marijuana and ending the waste of billions of dollars on for the “war on drugs” before the American people.

The big pharmaceutical companies will spend millions to fight the re-legalization of Marijuana. Huge corporate donors will bankroll Obama and Romney. I must count on hundreds of thousands of smaller donations from people like you to fund my campaign to tell the TRUTH about Marijuana and the need for drug law reform.

Won’t you send me a check for $25, $50, $100, $200 or $500 for my campaign today? Of course if you could give $1000, $2000 it would be a huge help. Go to

Please rush me your answer today.

Gov. Gary Johnson

PS- There will be no better way put the issue of re-legalizing Marijuana before the people than this year’s Presidential campaign. I’m ready to make the case. Can I count on you?

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