Gov. Gary Johnson Cuts Budget Provision That Would Limit Marijuana Talk

Thursday, 13 April 2000

New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (R) has resumed his efforts to encourage public debate over marijuana policy by using his line-item veto power to eliminate a provision in the state budget he called a "type of censorship."
New Mexico lawmakers included a provision in the $3.5 billion budget that banned the use of state funds to "promote the legalization or decriminalization of controlled substances."
"I must act to protect the marketplace of ideas so that we may all freely trade our opinions regarding the solutions to the drug and crime ills that plague New Mexico's citizens," Johnson said.
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