Willie Nelson Endorses Gary Johnson For President The 420 Times Staff May 17, 2011 Activism, Best Of The Best, Entertainment, Exclusive Web Content, Politics, The War On Drugs GOP Presidential hopeful and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has gained the first endorsement of Willie Nelson and The Teapot Party. Known for his outspoken stance in favor of marijuana legalization, Governor Johnson was a logical choice for Willie’s “grass roots” party, now almost 68,000 strong on Facebook. In a Teapot Party press release the former Governor reacted to the endorsement. “I am truly gratified to have the endorsement of such an iconic entertainer, philanthropist, innovator and champion for individual rights as Willie Nelson,” Johnson says, accepting the endorsement. “Not only is he a superstar talent, he is a bold advocate for social change. Americans are demanding the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams without interference from a heavy-handed government, and Willie Nelson lends a tremendous voice to those demands.” Gary Johnson has an uphill battle in the Republican primaries, especially in those states where only registered Republicans can vote for the GOP nominee. As I’ve said before, many will have to consider just how important legalization is; are you willing to register as a Republican to help get Governor Johnson the GOP nomination? Against anti-medical marijuana money machine Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson will need all the support he can get. Cannabis users will be one of his strongest voting blocks, but if you want him to win the GOP nomination, you will have to be very active and loud. After all, in a match-up of anti-medical marijuana stalwarts like Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty, does anyone really win? – Joe Klare 4 Responses Colleen McCool May 17, 2011 It is Un-American, overkill and morally bankrupt to punish nonviolent adults for making a safer health choice, cannabis or marijuana, compared to other medicinal/social drugs. Control illicit drugs similar to alcohol and tobacco. Less than 1% of US are actually addicted to anything illegal. About about 9% are alcoholics but much of the public health burden of alcohol use is caused by the non-addictive use; including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, incest, child molestation, spouse abuse, family violence, fatal car crashes, accidents, and homicides. On college campuses alone, almost 2000 deaths, 100,000 sexual assaults, 600,000 injuries, and 700,000 assaults are the annual consequences of alcohol use. I dare say if more would use cannabis instead of alcohol like Willie Nelson, one of McCool’s 2010 Rebel with Just Cause, we might see a drop in some of the above stats. http://mccoolportraits.com/2010rebelwithjustcause.htm If more could use safer cannabis to replace dangerous opiates and other harmful pharmaceuticals or tobacco, many more lives would be saved. If those who report overdose to medical personnel did not fear arrest, overdoses would virtually disappear. Its not a perfect answer just better. Log in to Reply myagent2000 May 17, 2011 If each of the 20 million Americans who’ve been arrested for weed, threw down $20 each; JOHNSON would be on his way to the White House. Log in to Reply carl May 18, 2011 Couldn’t agree more Joe. And “myagent2000” said it best .. DONATE till it hurts .. And be very active and loud. Log in to Reply The 420 Times: Country Music Artists Could Help Legalize Marijuana, But Will They? June 25, 2013 […] my personal history as an activist, Willie Nelson is the only country artist that I can verifiably proclaim has publicly advocated for the reform of our nations marijuana […] Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.