Gary Johnson decries marijuana prohibition at CPAC
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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonThe 'Green' new deal that Tom Perez needs to make The Trump strategy: Dare the Democrats to win Trump challenger: 'All bets are off' if I win New Hampshire primary MORE forcefully defended marijuana legalization Thursday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
 
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He decried the stigma attached to being arrested for a drug offense.
 
"It’s the arrest, it’s the incarceration. It’s personal responsibility, it’s individual freedom. Let me make decisions," he said loudly.
 
He also compared the prohibition on marijuana to banning other substances that he said were not harmful to society at large.
 
He noted that he has celiac disease — which means he cannot eat wheat — but said that that wouldn't justify prohibiting wheat consumption.
 
"It is poison, it is," he said. "But should it be against the law?"
 
Johnson made the comments the same day that the District of Columbia legalized possession of up to two ounces of the drug.