Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson admits to smoking pot

The War On Drugs has been destroying families, increasing the police state, and violating our right of self ownership since well before I was born.

More and more these days though it appears that at least the prohibition on marijuana may be coming to an end soon, despite the failure of Prop 19 in California last month.

One Gallup poll last Ocotber showed 44% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana, that was up to 46% this October and has been climbing every year since 2002.

According to Rasmussen numbers in 2008, the WHO reports 42.4% of Americans have tried pot, the highest percentage out of the 17 countries surveyed.

In the Netherlands, where possession and production of Cannabis for personal use is only a misdemeanor accompanied by a fine and you can posess up to 5 grams and grow up to 5 plants without prosecution, less than 20% had admitted to have tried pot. Countries with more liberal drug policies have lower drug use and countries with more stringent policies have higher drug use.

So it begs the question, now that Gary Johnson has admitted to smoking pot, if he runs for and is elected President in 2012, could we see a major trend in legalizing pot, thus a roll back in the police state and lower crime and drug use?

Gov. Gary Johnson: I Smoked Marijuana from 2005 to 2008

The former New Mexico governor and likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate talks to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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. His sails got caught in a tree, he stalled—and fell about fifty feet straight down to the ground, he says. Johnson suffered multiple bone fractures, including a burst fracture to his T12 vertebrae. “In my human experience, it’s the worst pain I’ve ever felt.”

“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 says. He explains that painkillers had once caused him to suffer nasty side effects and the pain of withdrawing from the pills was unbearable. So, Johnson says, in 2005 “someone” who cared for him gave him marijuana to deal with the pain.

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