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Gary Johnson: Legalizing heroin could have positive effects

Gary JohnsonFormer presidential candidate Gary Johnson thinks legalizing heroin isn’t such a bad idea.

During a speech at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Monday, the libertarian argued that today’s war on drugs is having the same negative effects as the prohibition.

“I just want to legalize heroin then too, right?” he rhetorically asked the audience.”Well do you realize that in Zurich, Switzerland, they have a heroin maintenance program where if you’re an addict you can get free heroin?”

Johnson called the Swiss heroin clinics a success story, because heroin addicts stopped turning to theft or violence to acquire drugs. They weren’t dying from overdose, because the clinic only offers them a carefully measured dosage. Clean needles meant they weren’t contracting diseases like HIV or hepatitis, and women stopped turning to prostitution to pay for drugs.

The former New Mexico Governor didn’t necessarily advocate for legalizing heroin in the United States, but he did say that states legalizing marijuana is only the beginning.

According to Johnson, “when everyone gets on an airplane to go to Denver for the weekend to chill out,” other states will also legalize marijuana so people will “chill out” in their state.

While the former Governor said he currently doesn’t drink or smoke pot, he has in the past and sees marijuana as the safer of the two — particularly when it comes to the possibility of driving under the influence.

“As much marijuanua as I ever smoked and got behind the wheel of the car, I found myself going the speed limit,” he said. “I found myself between the lines. I found myself following the traffic lights. I didn’t know where I was, but I knew if I continued driving it would always come to me.”

Johnson said he wouldn’t “smoke a bowl” with a marijuana smoker now — because he doesn’t smoke pot anymore — but he is “working really hard to make that [legalized marijuana] happen for you.”

 

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  1. sda53 says:

    Now you have sold out too. Why are you not working to get the illegal president out of our House rather than changing our laws. We do not trust our government to make any decisions for us now. So do your job and get the muslim brotherhood and obama out of our White House. He had ninety forged names to get on ballot in 08 and what are you people doing about it on top of all his other crimes.. What is his legal name? He is Indonesian citizen and his loyalty is not for this country or people as he has proved time and again. He is giving Iran time to finish bomb so they can attack us. Where is our protection from domestic enemies that we pay for anyway. Do the job you are required by our laws to preform and quit trying to push new agenda on us. Our own government is going to force us to make a stand to correct this wrong. Have enough people not died yet? I am questioning the loyalty of all of our government now. Seems they may have all sold us out but they are still taking our money and wasting it building up our enemies. DO THE JOB YOU ARE PAID TO DO!

    1. Acid_Grin says:

      Whoa.
      You are really loony.
      Someone focusing on more than just getting a president YOU don’t like out of office is not selling out.
      The President isn’t illegal, he’s a citizen of the country.
      The Muslim Brotherhood is not in the White House.
      I really doubt he has ninety fake names. That’s not even necessary for an international spy.
      I’ve never heard anything about him being from Indonesia. I’ve heard Hawaii, and Kenya, though.
      He’s not giving Iran time to finish the bomb so they can attack us. There’s no reason to attack a nation just for having a weapon. If you were walking around with 3 grenades on your belt, would you shoot a man making one out of a can and some gunpowder? That’s what we’d be if we attacked preemptively.

      1. sda53 says:

        Loony or have my eyes open and have researched since 07. He attended school in Indonesia which required citizenship and studied muslim which from what I read required a lifetime vow to allah, a false god. Duel citizenship disqualifies. Where have you been? Can you read? He has placed many in high positions who are connected to or been a part of muslim brotherhood. An alias disqualifies and he has used Barry in school records, no record of legal change back to barrack Hussein. He has sent our money under the guise of aid to our enemies plus guns and such. Cut the tv off and research. We are not to discern one by what comes out of his mouth but by his actions. Cowards do not always live longer.

  2. Allen Smith says:

    That sort of begs the question: in a era where budgets are stretched to the breaking point, why do we need to help heroin addicts kick their habit, or control it, in the first place? At taxpayer expense?

    1. Acid_Grin says:

      If the problem is money, I’d ask you to look at the money spent on the current drug prohibition system.
      Why jail innocent people for harming no more than themselves, at taxpayer expense? I think helping them would be better.

  3. Eric Coddington says:

    America is huge harder to control because of its size. The first points sound interesting but the law suits and justifications in our sue happy Nation for those who would abuse this. A drug dealer in our
    Nation could claim hes helping as well and stuffing his wallet double dipping both sides of the law. We can not control the current abuse this is good talking issues through we must not how ever just give up I seen our men and women do great work fighting these abuses. I watched Florida Governor Scott push back with good officers and no tolerance policy it helped it is working.

  4. AnnS says:

    This is about as diabolical as it gets. Typical liberterian views. Put another generation of children on mind altering drugs. It is bad enought they don’t know what is going on (in their right minds).

    Colorado is already thinking of repealing the marijuana law. Thousands of wacky tobaccy users had a rally in a park and it costs the city 10,000 to clean it up. And know the drug cartels are targeting grade school kids and under 21 crowd. Maybe Gary should follow in footsteps of cop killers bombers Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn and George Soros. He needs to be put up against a brick wall and shot. Just how far do you think this is going to “Progress”.

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  5. bob says:

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  6. sda53 says:

    I will not pass this on for I think we should unite as Americans We are all facing problems of muslim taking over and you want to divide us which hurts us all. I think you should be concerned about being under UN rule and sharia law with a dictator. White superiority can not be top of our list for a diversion at this point and time. There may not be whites in a few generations because we could all be mixed. As long as we love God and get along what does it matter? I can’t imagine being ruled and forced to pretend worship a false god.

  7. sda53 says:

    Me a kook. do you even read the stuff you put on these comments? I am white but it is not all about me but then I am a Christian which you do not seem to share. Every comment is the same, who are you trying to convince? If we do not unite as American’s we will go down. You want to separate us for diversity so we can be defeated. Take your meds and lay down for awhile. You will be okay.

  8. Acid_Grin says:

    I hear so many people say we’re going to be forced into an Islamic nation that upholds Sharia law. Where is this coming from? I see tremendously few signs of this. Everyone says the President is Muslim, but even if he was, that doesn’t mean we’re turning into an Islamic nation. If you want to talk about dictators, or authoritarian rule in general, it could very well be coming, Islam or not.

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