Former Gov. Gary Johnson Goes Into the Marijuana Business

Where are they now?


Just under 1%, it turned out.

A former politician finds a more honorable profession:

A Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday….

Johnson, who owned a construction company that helped build Intel Corp.'s Rio Rancho, New Mexico, plant before entering politics, said the company will make marijuana-based oils aimed at helping children with epilepsy. The two-term governor also said it will make cough drop-like products for recreational use.

"Couple of things hit you when you try the product. One is, wow, why would anybody smoke marijuana given this is an alternative?" Johnson said. "And then secondly, it's just very, very pleasant. I mean, very pleasant."

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  1. If there was ever any ‘exceptional America’, it was and is only exceptional to the degree which the people are willing to tell political aggressors to piss off. Gary Johnson embodies that principal.

    1. principle damn it

      1. In a free society, you can spell words however you want!

        1. In communist society, words spell you.

  2. And then secondly, it’s just very, very pleasant. I mean, very pleasant.”

    The reviews are in. This confirms that Gary Johnson is my favorite presidential candidate ever.

    1. To be honest, Nobody is better than Gary Johnson.

  3. “And then secondly, it’s just very, very pleasant. I mean, very pleasant.”

    Man, if I didn’t know better, I think he’s actually tried the stuff.

  4. I wonder how they’ll be able to get by with the recreational stuff being based in a state where it’s still illegal (plus the federal law of course). The regulatory compliance is going to be a pain in the ass even if they can manage to pull it off.

    1. But it’s not smoking, and it doesn’t look like smoking, so maybe this will be welcomed by progressives & gov’t as a great anti-smoking advance. It may for a time require a prescription as nicotine gum did, but later it’ll undergo a rx-to-OTC switch.

  5. Awesome. I voted for Gary in 2012, but running a boundary-pushing enterprise is a better use of his time.

    1. I still wish he would have run for Senate. I mean, his life is much better for not doing so, but he would have been a nice publicity machine.

  6. I love how this goes full force in the face of the “For The Children” bullshit. We’re making candy from marijuana and it IS for the children.

    I love Gary Johnson!

  7. During the campaign, on reddit’s /r/GaryJohnson forum, I was screaming a blue streak about how, as a 3rd Party candidate, GJ would only have a very limited opportunity to get in front of the media. Since his media exposure was destined to be on “permanent brownout” and he didn’t have the cash to remedy that, he would need to choose is battles very carefully and pick the ones that were most media-friendly.

    Since medical marijuana routinely polls at 80+% making it by far the most popular “libertarianish” position, I advocated that he should jump in front of that parade–have press conferences with smoking quadripalegics and dare cops to arrest, that sort of thing–and then bask in the media spotlight.

    Instead, he gave all sorts of interviews about his plans to murder medicare and medicaid and how he would rescue us from our impending mammoth debt crisis.

    The result? Almost zero media coverage, 1% of the vote, and a nation exactly as unlibertarian as it was before the campaign.

    If he had the message discipline and media guile displayed by Robert M.F. Sarvis in the VA gubernatorial campaign, we’d be living in Libertopia today.

    tl;dr – It’s irresponsible not to use marijuana when you’re running for POTUS.

  8. Wow, nobody could possibly have seen this coming, lol!

    1. Just realized how close the Anonbot spoof website format follows Twitter hashtag practice.

  9. Yeah. I really really miss Gary as governor.

  10. I hope he comes up with a creative name for this candy – and to not use his last name. I think the number of people willing to “suck on a johnson” will be limited.

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