Presidential candidate Gary Johnson might only have 10 percent of the votes, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates, but that didn’t stop him from visiting Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to spread information on his platform. The Libertarian nominee voiced his concerns on everything from ISIS to foreign trade. When the topic of cannabis arose, Johnson held firm to his political beliefs and has never once wavered on his views.
Gary Johnson: The underdog
Fox News in known for being brutally pro-republican, and basically, anti-every-other-party. That didn’t stop Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson from facing off against one of Fox’s toughest anchors, Chris Wallace.
As the current polls stand, Johnson may not get the chance to even participate in the Presidential Debates come September 26. However, the candidate remains hopeful that circumstances will change and opportunities will arise that would allow him to participate.
If elected, Johnson would be the first president from a third party to win since 1864, when good old Honest Abe was ushered into office.
We’re optimistic we’re going to actually get into the debates. We’re spending money right now in many states, and in five states right now we’re at 16 percent. So I’m just really optimistic…The object is to win outright.
Going out with a bang
Wallace saved the best question for last, prodding Johnson about his pro-cannabis stance and years spent as CEO of Cannabis Sativa, a corporation that works to help the legalized cannabis market.
Until January, you were the CEO of something called Cannabis Sativa, which is, I guess I pronounced that correctly, it’s a marijuana marketing company. Question: of all the things in the world you could be involved with, why sell pot?
Johnson takes a breath and delivers one of his most well-thought-out answers to date.
In this case, marijuana products, which directly compete with legal prescription drugs on the medical front, don’t kill anybody. Not one documented death and yet these drugs, marijuana, cannabis, does compete, does provide that relief.
So, it seems to me that there needs to be research and development in this area, that can’t currently happen because marijuana is listed as a class one narcotic. As President of the United States, I would delist marijuana as a class one narcotic. This is going to be an issue that is left up to the states, just like alcohol.
Then, on the recreational side of this, Chris, I have always believed that legalizing marijuana will lead to less overall substance abuse because it’s so much safer than everything else that’s out there, starting with alcohol.