Yeah, sure, we already have a fierce champion for legalization running for president – Democratic Party hopeful Bernie Sanders. But now a cannabis industry executive has also entered the race.

Gary Johnson was the CEO of Nevada-based Cannabis Sativa Inc. until he made his announcement Jan. 6 to run for the Libertarian Party nomination. The cannabis branding and marketing company said Johnson was leaving for "political opportunities."

Johnson is no stranger to politics. He was the governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, and the Libertarian Party candidate for president in 2012. He finished third with nearly one percent of the vote.

First and foremost, Johnson is focused on a Libertarian bread-and-butter issue - the growing size of government debt.

"I think the biggest problem facing this country is the $20-trillion debt that we will have when Obama leaves office," he told Fox Business. "Government is too big, it's unwieldy, it's out of control, we need to get control."

But he is known for his pro-legalization views and leadership of a company in the cannabis industry. Civilized just featured Johnson in a story about how cannabis helped shaped the lives and careers of major American business leaders.

However, Johnson doesn't think his stance on legalizing marijuana will make a difference if he wins the nomination for his party.

"We did so many events with that community in 2012, and there was no help at all," he told The Washington Post.

The legalization community, though, will certainly appreciate his presence in a race for president that now has pro-legalization candidates in three parties: Sanders (Democrats); Rand Paul (Republicans) and now Johnson with the Libertarians.

h/t The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Fox Business

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