The libertarian presidential candidate, Gary Johnson said in a recent interview that he will be taking a break from using cannabis while he runs his campaign for president.
Johnson has been very outspoken about his medical use of marijuana and his stance on legalization. Johnson said he has taken a seven-week leave from cannabis and hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol in over 29 years.
“I haven’t had a drink of alcohol in 29 years because of rock climbing and the notion of being the best that you can be, and in that same vein I’ve stopped using marijuana of any kind,” Johnson said in an interview.
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His longtime support for legalizing marijuana could help him appeal to Democratic-leaning Millennial voters who were drawn to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders but are less enthused about supporting Clinton. Johnson was the highest-ranking U.S. politician to back legalization until Sanders did so.
“I think it’s a litmus test for having a brain, myself,” Johnson says, saying there is “an unbelievable disconnect” between public support and politicians’ caution on the issue.