The only Republican to date that I would consider voting for in 2012 continues to be the only Republican to date that I would consider voting for in 2012…
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…
"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.
Personally, I'm definitely more of a crushed-up Percocet kind of guy than a vaporizer full of Bubblegum aficionado. But I won't hold that against the guy. Because I am willing to put our differences aside and reach across the aisle like that.
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