Thomas Keister Running for President with U.S. Marijuana Party

Thomas Keister

Thomas Keister

Thomas Keister, who was previously affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Indiana, has announced his 2016 presidential candidacy as the nominee of the U.S. Marijuana Party.

In his initial campaign announcement on his blog, he originally said he would run a write-in campaign either with the USMJP or as an independent:

So, wait…am I declaring myself a candidate for President of the United States in 2016? Yes, yes I am. I am going to launch a campaign as a write-in candidate, either independently or with the backing of the United States Marijuana Party. I do not have a nine-digit war chest, nor do I expect to raise nine-digits worth of war cash, so to be completely honest, I know I’m playing for fourth or fifth place in the final windup. I do, however, intend to chronicle this experience over the next twenty three months or so for an eBook release, both date and title obviously to be announced later on.

However, he now claims to have already attained ballot access in 10 states. I can find no independent verification of this claim. IPR did report previously that the Marijuana Party (possibly USMJP) is petitioning for party status in Nebraska.

The U.S. Marijuana Party was founded in 2002 by Loretta Nall. The party advocates for a number of socially libertarian positions, chiefly the legalization of cannabis. The party has never previously nominated its own presidential candidate, but did endorse Libertarian Gary Johnson in 2012.

8 thoughts on “Thomas Keister Running for President with U.S. Marijuana Party

  1. Thomas Keister

    Yes, I was the victim of some awkward phrasing. I have met the qualifications to run as a write-in candidate in the aforementioned ten states currently, and am in the process of securing write-in status in the other 32 states that allow write-in Presidential candidates.

    Also, as of May 6, 2015, I represent the American Marijuana Party (formerly the Indiana USMJP chapter) as their candidate, due to issues that will be discussed at a future time. You can find us on Facebook, on Twitter @AMPNational, and at the website below.

  2. paulie

    Maybe, and if they’re willing (and able…willingness doesn’t count for much if you don’t have it) they could be on in more states than that. Enough to win, even in theory? Not very likely.

  3. Jed Ziggler Post author

    My point was that if Mr. Keister wants a fair amount of coverage at IPR, being on the ballot helps. There’s a metric fuckton of write-in candidates every year, most of whom don’t receive any recorded votes and aren’t worth covering. If he gets on the ballot somewhere, he’ll be treated the same as the other micro party candidates; fair coverage, but not more than the ones on in enough states to theoretically win.

    Also, I saw Mr. Keister’s name among the LP candidates seeking office in Indiana this year.

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