LP VP Candidate Jim Gray Speaks to Enthusiastic Crowds at Hempfest in Seattle

 Judge Jim Gray Speaks to  Enthusiastic Crowds at Hempfest in Seattle

Posted by C. Michael Pickens on Monday, August 20th, 2012 in Libertarian Leadership’s Blog

Libertarian Vice-Presidential Candidate, Judge Jim Gray spoke twice at this year’s Seattle Hempfest. First time at the, “Legalize it! Movie Premier Preview & Panel: Behind the Scenes of Prop. 19” and the second time on the Main Stage.

“Honestly, I never in my life thought I would be in a place like this and I am among friends. It’s amazing, some of the very best people I have met in my life, I have met as a result of drug policy reform, and that means you” Followed by loud shouts and a roaring applause.

Judge Gray continued to talk of his experience as a former prosecutor, drug warrior, and Judge.

“Back in 1992, I did something very unusual for a sitting trial court judge, I held a press conference announcing to the world…what we are doing with regards to drug policy is simply not working, it’s failing, we must repeal drug prohibition.”

The leadership that Judge Jim Gray has shown from 1992 until today brings many people hope. People who have family and friends locked in cages for non-violent victimless crimes, those who are locked in cages for victimless crimes, and the tax payers who are tired of paying for and supporting a failed social policy.

Judge Jim Gray does not use marijuana, but he respects and defends the natural rights of someone else to use marijuana. Judge Jim Gray does not have a dog in this fight, yet he still fights for the rights of others. This is the leadership that exudes from the Libertarian Presidential ticket right now.

Judge Jim Gray went on to say, “If we are going to get our country back, if we are going to bring back prosperity, equal opportunity, and freedom to the United States of America, your only choice for President this November is Governor Gary Johnson”

Needless to say, Judge Jim Gray and the Gary Johnson Campaign, with support from the Libertarian Party of Washington’s booth, was a hit at this year’s Hempfest.

The Johnson/Gray Presidential ticket was verbally endorsed on stage by many other speakers at Hempfest including but not limited to:

Julia Rose, The Curator of the Peter McWilliams Online Museum

Steve Kubby, RegulateMarijuana 2014 Chief Officer and Campaign Manager

Jodie Emery, Wife of “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery; Cannabis Culture Headquarters & Magazine, Director

Stephen Collett, California Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Initiative, Treasurer

Dr. David Bearman, M.D. American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, Vice President & Board Member; ASA, Board; Patients Out of Time, Advisory Board Member; Author ‘Demons, Discrimination and Dollars: A Brief History of the Origins of American Drug Laws’

Dan Katzir, “Legalize It!” the movie, Director

Dan Rush, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union- Director, National Medical Cannabis and Hemp Division

Ravit Marcus, “Legalize It!” the movie, Producer

C. Michael Pickens is the Author of the book “Libertarian Leadership: Planting the Seed for a Libertarian Future” and the Washington State Campaign Director for the Gary Johnson Campaign.


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