Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson reveals his personal financial interests in the cannabis industry in the Senate submissions this week.
Gary Johnson, a two-time Libertarian candidate for President, who is now seeking a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico, says that more than $ 250,000 in cannabis stocks, which he owns, has no influence on its position on the legalization of marijuana.
According to financial filings, rating this week by the Associated Press, Johnson says, is to own shares with a value of more than $250,000 in the Nevada cannabis company Kush, Inc. He also reported capital gains of at least $100,000 of shares in the company, Cannabis Sativa, where he served previously as CEO between his 2012 and 2016 presidential elections running.
Johnson, 65, who also served as Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, was committed, information about his personal finances after the announcement of his Senate candidacy in August.
He defended its gains on Friday to say he sees no conflict of interest, because he has always supported the legalization of marijuana.
“That was a career-ending move for my part, in 1999,” Johnson said, Recalling his support for the legalization of pot, when he was Governor, in spite of its unpopularity at the time. “The last thing I ever dreamed is happening, is that somehow, I would away money from this.”
“The last thing I ever dreamed is happening, is that somehow, I would away money from this.”
– Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico
Johnson’s Senate campaign office did not immediately return Fox News’ request for additional comment.
Johnson has long advocated for the legalization of marijuana. Both he and his daughter, investors in the cannabis-specific hedge-fund-CB1-capital.
He runs on the Libertarian ticket against incumbent U.S. sen Martin Heinrich, 46, a Democrat, recently for the decriminalization of marijuana is embraced at the Federal level.
The Republican candidate on the ballot, building contractors, Mick Rich, against legalization.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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