Willie Nelson endorses a pro-pot presidential candidate
The Teapot Party, formed by the famous performer, wants to help former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson get to the Oval Office.
Wed, May 18 2011 at 5:34 PM
PASS IT TO THE LEFT: Willie Nelson and his Teapot Party are diving into the world of presidential politics. (Photo: Copyright 2011 Jason Moore/ZUMA Press)
Willie Nelson is jumping into the political arena. No, he isn’t running for president — or any office for that matter — but he is throwing his support, and the support of his political apparatus, behind Republican presidential hopeful Gary Johnson.
Nelson’s Teapot Party
(more on that in a moment) officially endorsed the former New Mexico governor for president on Tuesday. Johnson is an advocate of small government and the legalization of marijuana.
During a debate in South Carolina on May 5, Johnson said, “I advocate legalizing marijuana — control it, regulate and tax it.” This stance almost exactly matches up with what Nelson said last November after he helped found the Teapot Party. "Tax it, regulate it and legalize it," Willie told CelebStoner.com
. "And stop the border wars over drugs. Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved."
Last November, Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana in at a U.S. border patrol checkpoint. (Since that time, I'm guessing he has not stopped smoking pot, but he has gotten political.) Nelson created the Teapot Party
shortly after his arrest. The purpose of the party is to “vote in those who believe the way we do and to vote out the ones who don’t.” It appears that the former governor falls into that camp. Now the question is, do voters agree?
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