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Willie Nelson Endorses Pro-Pot Republican for President

Country music legend Willie Nelson, whose marijuana use is also legendary, has endorsed Republican candidate Gary Johnson for president in 2012.

Nelson, founder of the newly formed Teapot Party, met with Johnson (a former governor of New Mexico) after a Nelson concert in Texas. In a statement on the Teapot Party blog, Johnson wrote that Nelson was not only "a superstar talent," but also "a bold advocate for change."

"Americans are demanding the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams without interference from a heavy-handed government," Johnson wrote, "and Willie Nelson lends a tremendous voice to those demands."

Johnson, who entered the race in April, stated his position on marijuana during the May 5 Republican debate. "I advocate legalizing marijuana," he said. "Control it, regulate, tax it."

That pretty much echoes what Nelson's been saying for decades. He's a co-chair on the advisory board for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and has hosted numerous benefits for the organization. "I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower," Nelson has said. "God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?

Nelson's endorsement of Johnson marks the first endorsement from the Teapot Party. "The purpose of the Teapot Party is to vote in people who believe the way we do and vote out the ones who don't," Nelson stated in a Tea Pot Party press release. "Tax it, regulate it, legalize it. And stop the border wars over drugs."

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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