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Minnesota Public Radio: Independence Party Candidates Roll Marijuana Into Their Future

By Tim Pugmire

The Independence Party of Minnesota will try to remain a major party this year, largely with young candidates who are politically inexperienced and favor legalizing marijuana.

Marijuana played a role in the party’s recruitment of Brandan Borgos, the Independence Party’s endorsed candidate for attorney general. He said party officials asked him to run for office and a factor in their consideration was his work as a board member for Minnesota NORML, the organization that lobbies for legalized marijuana.

“They wanted, in my opinion, to send a very, very strong message,” said Borgos, 32. “With the amount of people in the state who want some form of marijuana reform, they wanted to bring in someone who has a very, very good amount of information behind him, and then an organization too, that frankly is one of the biggest state chapters of the national organization.”

Other Independence Party candidates also are talking about reasons to legalize marijuana.

“Marijuana is producing a lot of revenue for Colorado right now,” said John Denney, a 28-year-old law school student who is running for congress in the Sixth District. “If you want to see more revenue in this state, that’s one really strong reason to look at legalizing marijuana, if you ask me.”

Denny said the war on drugs should be ended. Hannah Nicollet, the IP candidate for governor, agreed. She thinks too many people are in jail for using marijuana or other drugs — a problem the IP addresses by including the full legalization of marijuana in its platform.

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6 Comments

  1. Nicholas Sarwark Nicholas Sarwark June 11, 2014

    This is great example of what I’m talking about when I say that the voters are embracing Libertarian ideas. Marijuana legalization has been our position for over four decades, people are finally seeing the insanity of the drug war, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the Libertarian Party get flanked on this issue.

    Kudos to the Libertarian Party of Minnesota for running candidates like Chris Holbrook for Governor and addressing this issue. My broader goal is to make the Libertarian Party (not the Independence Party or the Green Party or heaven forbid one of the old parties) the obvious and natural choice for the young people profiled in that article.

  2. Andy Andy June 11, 2014

    “Nicholas Sarwark June 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm
    This is great example of what I’m talking about when I say that the voters are embracing Libertarian ideas. Marijuana legalization has been our position for over four decades, people are finally seeing the insanity of the drug war, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the Libertarian Party get flanked on this issue.”

    I agree. Marijuana legalization is a hot issue right now. Libertarian Party candidates ought to push this issue now more than ever. I would also encourage Libertarians (preferably Libertarians who would run for office at the same time as the Marijuana Legalization initiative would appear on the ballot, this way they could promote the issue while on the campaign trail) in states that have the ballot initiative process to take the lead and become the people who file the next marijuana legalization initiative in their state. If a Libertarian does not file the next marijuana initiative, then somebody else will get credit for it, and I think that it would be better for the Libertarian Party if the voters in whatever state knew that it was Libertarians who were bringing them marijuana legalization.

  3. Joshua Fauver Joshua Fauver June 11, 2014

    That is how the socialists won in Seattle.

  4. Joshua Fauver Joshua Fauver June 11, 2014

    But with the $15 minimum wage, not marijuana.

  5. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman June 12, 2014

    On several social issues, large numbers of Americans are accepting a more libertarian position, and Marijuana is one of them. It is outstanding that The Independence Party is making a commitment to promoting legalization. The more parties that adopt Libertarian positions, the better.

    It will take more than The Libertarian Party to mount an effective challenge to bipartisan statism. The Minnesota Independence Party has many activists who identify as conservative on economic issues and liberal on social issues. They are clearly becoming allies of the Libertarian Movement, which is a good thing.

    And yes, it is also good that the Minnesota Libertarian Party is becoming more active. We can hope for good exposure for candidates from both Minnesota alternative parties.

  6. paulie paulie June 12, 2014

    Agreed!

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