Willie Nelson Endorses Gary Johnson for President

Country music legend and avid pot smoker Willie Nelson has a horse in the 2012 race: former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson (R), the most prominent marijuana-legalization candidate in the field.

From a press release put out Tuesday by Nelson's Teapot Party:

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."

Nelson formed the pro-marijuana Teapot Party two days after a marijuana arrest in Texas in late November. The group's motto: "We lean a little to the left."

Johnson is into legalization, big time. It's a major component of his stump speech. Aside from openly gay former Reagan strategist Fred Karger, Johnson is the only 2012 presidential candidate who professes to like marijuana, which he began smoking for pain relief after a serious 2005 paragliding accident. Ron Paul has classified marijuana as a states' rights issue; Johnson, on the other hand, calls for outright legalization.

The endorsement puts Nelson in agreement with the editorial staff of High Times.

Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Politics

Just In