November 19th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, CLEAN UP

Could Marijuana Legalization's Champion Be a Republican Presidential Hopeful?


The option of asking Oregon voters to OK marijuana legalization in 2012 was mentioned in a WW piece this week about what's next for the marijuana movement after this month's defeat of Measure 74, which would have created a statewide system of medical marijuana dispensaries.

The argument for seeking an Oregon ballot measure in two years for outright legalization is that a presidential election would draw a lot more young voters who are more likely to approve legalizing pot.

As for that presidential election, there's a potentially intriguing twist when it comes to marijuana. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a Republican who's called for the legalization of marijuana, is getting some mention as a wanna-be for the GOP presidential nomination.

It's hard to imagine a longshot like Johnson doing well in a Republican field or even lasting long enough to be a contender in Oregon's May 2012 primary. But it is interesting in light of criticism President Obama's nominee to head the Drug Enforcement Administration has taken this week from marijuana advocates that one voice for pot's legalization has come from a Republican presidential hopeful.

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