If we play our cards right, we might get to see the CEO of a marijuana business run for president in 2016.
On Tuesday, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who ran for president in 2012 as a libertarian candidate, was named CEO of a company in Nevada that sells marijuana products. The company, Cannabis Sativa, hopes to sell medicinal and recreational marijuana to businesses in Colorado and Washington state, where the drug has been legalized.
Johnson has long been a supporter of medical marijuana, and hopes to expand Cannabis Sativa’s business, which he calls the “creme de la creme” of marijuana products.
But while marijuana may be his passion, Johnson has also been vocal about rekindling his presidential ambitions. “I hope to be able to run in 2016,” he said in a Reddit Q&A session in April. Johnson said he would run as a libertarian again, because that way he “would have the least amount of explaining to do.”
While a 2016 Johnson candidacy is low-hanging fruit for pundits’ jokes, he does have a following akin to Ron Paul circa 2008. And while recreational marijuana is a long ways off from becoming a (legal) reality outside of Colorado and Washington, states are becoming more progressive with their views of medical marijuana. Even some of the most conservative states in the country have begun legalizing cannabis oil to treat children with severe epilepsy.
Johnson’s company plans to sell the cannabis oil for medical use, along with lozenge-like drops laced with marijuana 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 told the Associated Press. “And then secondly, it’s just very, very pleasant. I mean, very pleasant.”
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