A strong supporter of taxing and regulating marijuana, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson ran for president in 2012 as the Libertarian Party candidate.
Born Jan. 1, 1953 in Minot, North Dakota, Johnson attended the University of New Mexico and never left the state. Before getting into politics, he started the construction company, Big J Enterprises. Johnson ran for governor as a Republican in 1994 an won. He quickly took a left turn by backing marijuana legalization and appearing to events sponsored by the Cato Institute and Marijuana Policy Project. Johnson is a member of the MPP's advisory board.
'Let's end the unworkable marijuana prohibition and put our money where our mouth is. Let's solve the problems like border crime. We can do it with pot legalization.'
Johnson won a second term , which ended in 2003. At this point he set his sights on national issues and the highest office.
An outdoor sports enthusiast and skier (he's climbed Mount Everest), Johnson broke his back, knees and several ribs in a paragliding accident in Hawaii in 2005. For the next three years medicated with cannabis. “Rather than using painkillers, which I have used on occasion before, I did smoke pot," he admitted in 2010. “But for luck, I guess, I wasn’t arrested.”
Over the last fews years, he's attended and spoke at many pro-marijuana events, including the NORML Conference, MPP Anniversary Gala, Seattle Hempfest, Portland Hempstalk, High Times' Medical Cannabis Cup and Cypress Hill's SmokeOut as part of his Our America Initiative tour.
On June 30, Johnson was named the president and CEO of Cannabis Sativa, Inc. in a merger announcement with Kush, the creative of marijuana perfume and lozenges. "I don't know if I'm the Bill Gates of marijuana," he crowed, "but we may be the Microsoft of marijuana."
Johnson accepts his Top CelebStoner kindly: "My pledge is I'm going to continue to speak out on this issue. When it comes to issues that we face in this country, marijuana would improve our quality of life overnight, when police would actually go out tomorrow and enforce real crime as opposed to non-violent victimless crime. So I'll take this as an honor. I'll be that spokesperson for legalizing marijuana and I'll continue to speak out on this."
He's divorced from his wife Dee. They have two children, Seah and Erik. Johnson is currently engaged to Kate Prusack. They live in Taos.