May 17, 2011 – American music legend Willie Nelson recently met with former New Mexico Governor and current Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson after a concert in Texas. The result of that historic meeting is today’s endorsement of Johnson by Willie Nelson’s Teapot Party.
“I am truly gratified to have the endorsement of such an iconic entertainer, philanthropist, innovator and champion for individual rights as Willie Nelson,” Johnson says, accepting the endorsement. “Not only is he a superstar talent, he is a bold advocate for social change. Americans are demanding the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams without interference from a heavy-handed government, and Willie Nelson lends a tremendous voice to those demands.”
Johnson served two terms as governor of New Mexico (1995-2002) and has now launched a bid for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election. As Governor, he called for legalizing marijuana. Ending cannabis prohibition has been one of his core issues ever since.
During the Republican candidates’ debate on May 5, Johnson stated firmly in response to a question, “I advocate legalizing marijuana – control it, regulate, tax it.”
Johnson officially launched his presidential run in New Hampshire this April.
Prior to that, Johnson traveled for over a year speaking out about the issues of the day as the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, a non-profit political advocacy committee. Johnson regularly speaks at NORML Conferences and marijuana-reform events around the country.
This is the first presidential endorsement for The Teapot Party, which was founded last November after Nelson was arrested for marijuana possession in Texas. “The purpose of the Teapot Party,” Nelson explains, “is to vote in people who believe the way we do and vote out the ones who don’t.”
The Teapot Party recently endorsed Washington State Rep. Roger Goodman, who is running for Congress in 2012. http://teapotpartyblog.com/?p=50
Marijuana legalization is the central belief of The Teapot Party. The political effort is fast growing, with a Facebook page boasting more than 66, 000 active members.
As Willie Nelson said, “”Tax it, regulate it, legalize it. And stop the border wars over drugs.”