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2012 Marijuana Friendly Presidential Candidates

Updated on March 11, 2012

What is considered "marijuana friendly"

I'd like to take a moment to clarify, for the purposes of the hub, what I mean by "marijuana friendly". Especially since there are many candidates putting themselves out into the spotlight for 2012, that there needs to be a difference between "pro-marijuana" and "marijuana friendly" candidates.

A 'pro-marijuana' candidate is someone who is specifically for the legalization of cannabis or hemp. A 'marijuana friendly' candidate does include those that want to legalize, or whom think its a good idea, but it also includes those that might see it right to legalize for other reasons - even if they personally are not for the idea.

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Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson is a social libertarian candidate running on a republican ticket. He was formerly the governor or New Mexico and has been claimed as the "original tea party candidate" for his views on simplifying taxes and dramatically reducing them all together.

Johnson is anti-war, anti-taxes, pro-second amendment, pro-choice, pro-same sex marriages, pro-10th amendment, pro-drug war and pro-immigration. Though he is for continuing the drug, he doesn't feel that cannabis should be prohibited and agrees that the current drug war is failing. He has openly admitted to using cannabis as a teen and as an adult, and feels it should be legalized medicinally.

Becky Rusher

Becky Rusher is the only non-partisan no-party presidential candidate in the running. Becky Rusher is against the use of drugs or cannabis on a personal level, but feels that it's every Americans choice to "fry their brains" if they want to. Rusher feels that the government is not and should not try to be the "parent" of it's citizens. She feels that if people choose to use their freedom to act stupidly, then that is their right to do so, and not the governments business.

Rusher is a 36 year old agnostic IT worker from Pennsylvania, who got ordained by the universal life church for a joke. She is not married, and feels it is a strength she can use in the white house, to prevent any undue marital-love-tangle scandals that many former presidents are well known for. She does not yet have any children, making her the only 'free-agent' out of all other presidential candidates. Becky is pro-choice, anti-Afghanistan war, pro-budget increases, anti-outsourcing, pro-green energy, anti-alien employment, anti-alien welfare, pro-capital punishment, pro-civil liberty, anti-second amendment and pro-prescription drugs (especially cheap ones).

Rusher has no former affiliations in politics, is a computer addict and says she hopes being single will help her as a president, because there won't be any claims of "sex scandals" with her! Rusher is against career politicians and is running with no previous political experience, as a means of showing the world that you don't have to be a part of the "in crowd" to get elected.

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a staunch libertarian candidate running under a republican ticket for 2012 president. He is a life long obstetrician who opposes being paid for his public service, and has the most consistent voting record of any politician. He is current U.S. congressman under Texas's 14th district and has plenty of experience in many areas of the government.

Ron Paul's stance is that the government has no business dealing with anything outside of their original constitutional enumerations, and because of this, he is opposed to the war on drugs. He consistently aligns himself with Judge Gray, who feels that the war on drugs is a complete failure, and is more about taking away civil liberties than about doing what's right.

Ron Paul is anti-IRS, anti-federal reserve, pro-gold standard, pro-choice, anti-offensive war, pro-10th amendment, pro-2nd amendment, anti-big government, pro-industrial hemp, pro-cannabis, pro-freedom of religion, pro-4th amendment, anti-taxes, pro-gay marriage and pro-constitution.

Mike Gravel

Mike Gravel has not yet announced his run for 2012 president, though he has specifically avoided saying he's not going to run either. If he did run, he would certainly be the underdog in the situation, as not many have heard of him. He previously ran for president under the democratic ticket, but then decided to run under the libertarian ticket, and is once again considering running under the democratic ticket for 2012.

Gravel is against the war on marijuana, and reminds everyone that in the 20's, prohibition of alcohol did nothing but add crime to our nation. He feels that marijuana should be legalized and that people should not be criminalized for using it.

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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gee! I thought Maryjane was supposed to make everyone friendly! I sure hope that voters look for more than just "marijuana friendly" candidates. How about leadership, honesty, dedication, and patriotism?

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      bro 

      6 years ago

      tangoshoes hi

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      bro 

      6 years ago

      drugs are bad

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      Ashley 

      6 years ago

      thanks so much for all the info. our country is in an epidemic of failing economy well hello legalize cannbis put a tax on it and watch it generate billions of dollars.

    • BizGenGirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Bema Self 

      6 years ago from Seattle

      I agree, in a way, that the laws should be changed on a federal level. Though I feel that they should simply void and repeal any present or previous federal laws having anything to do with the cannabis plant and it's relation to people, so that the states can regulate it or leave it. That would take care of the clashing laws and follow a constitutionally appropriate path. Don't ya think?

      As for the gov not knowing human needs psych... I'm not sure if they do or they don't. There is always the possibility that they do know it, and are somehow getting rich of the cannabis black market. I mean, we all know how easy and possible that is, and how good the gov is at manipulating us through laws and political drama. It's always possible..... lol

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      Susan Reid 

      6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Only one of the pack that has a ghost of a chance is Ron Paul.

      I personally do not believe cannabis legalization should be done at the states' rights level. It should be federal and it should be as legal as alcohol or tobacco. Federal policies are actually messing up California's growing medican industry. Our governor's hands are tied. It is ridiculous.

      The "War on Drugs" is ridiculous. They talk about prison overcrowding. Let out the people who are imprisoned on drug offenses (unless they committed violent crimes or sold crack to preschoolers or something) and voila. Problem solved.

      Don't any of these people know the first thing about human psychology??? Making something illegal just makes it more attractive -- and dangerous.

      Good hub. Glad I found it.

      MM

    • BizGenGirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Bema Self 

      6 years ago from Seattle

      Greetings Becky! I'm glad to hear from a candidate I wrote about. I doubt that anyone else would have the guts to come and chat about the issues with us hubbers. =)

      As for you being "anti-marriage", I'll restate what I wrote. I wasn't trying to depict you as against marriage in it's own sense, it was just faster to summarize your choice to be a single candidate by saying anti-marriage.

      Though I must say, I don't know that being single in the white house would necessarily prevent any intimate scandals. D.C. has a way of turning strengths into weaknesses real fast.

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      Becky Rusher 

      6 years ago

      Im not anti marriage. Just because Im not married doesnt mean Im anti marriage.

      I think marriage is great but shouldnt be jumped into and Im not going to settle for just anyone.

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      Windy 

      6 years ago

      The best of the bunch because he has the best chance of all the candidates of actually winning the nomination is Ron Paul and who could oppose a president who:

      "is opposed to the war on drugs. He consistently aligns himself with Judge Gray, who feels that the war on drugs is a complete failure, and is more about taking away civil liberties than about doing what's right.

      "Ron Paul is anti-IRS, anti-federal reserve, pro-gold standard, pro-choice, anti-offensive war, pro-10th amendment, pro-2nd amendment, anti-big government, pro-industrial hemp, pro-cannabis, pro-freedom of religion, pro-4th amendment, anti-taxes, pro-gay marriage and pro-constitution."

      This man is EXACTLY the kind of man we want in the presidency, anyone who doesn't caucus or vote for him in the primary is missing the best opportunity we have had in ages to restore our Constitutional Republic and individual freedom. And he absolutely does mean every bit what I quoted, his voting record in the House is proof. Additionally he has refused to participate in teh lucrative congressional pension plan, AND he has returned his congressional office's unused funds to the Treasury EVERY single year, instead of spending them all at the last minute in order to get more next year (which is what all the other members of congress do).

    • BizGenGirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Bema Self 

      7 years ago from Seattle

      Yeah, I wish there were more candidates who would be bold enough to get out there and say they support cannabis, or at least that they support what the people want. To one good note though, at least there are so few candidates that we don't have to spend as much time weeding out who's just saying they are pro-cannabis to get a vote. =)

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      tangoshoes 

      7 years ago

      What a great hub topic! I'm still a bit disappointed at the lack of choices :(

      Thanks for a good laugh BizGenGirl!

    • BizGenGirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Bema Self 

      7 years ago from Seattle

      @Thursdayzhero, I wish more of the candidates would make their stance on cannabis. There are a few that have clarified that they are against it, which is fine, because at least they said so, but most of the candidates just aren't saying a thing about it one way or another. I will update this hub as I find more candidates though.

      @Miss Info, that is a good question. It has many answers to tell you the truth. Makes me want to write a whole new hub about it, lol. The most generally accepted origin, came about in 1971 from a group of college kids who called themselves "waldos" (because they met by a wall) who went searching for a hidden cannabis crop at 4:20 everyday. In 1998, high times director Steven Hanger felt that 4:20 should be officially declared as the right time to consume cannabis, as a way of the subculture, as well as responsible use of cannabis. =)

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      Miss Info 

      7 years ago from New York City

      I'm sorry, but considering that I am not a smoker... Where did the concept of "4:20" come from?? Just curious.

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      thursdayzhero 

      7 years ago from Camp Casey, South Korea

      hey man good info, thanks for putting together this list. wish it was longer though.

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