Independence Party becomes first major party to support legalization of marijuana

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Of his mustache, Denney, a self-described "liberty-lover," says: "As a third-party candidate you can't be afraid to pull out all the stops... I'm glad I have your attention, because I have important things to say."
Minnesota is indeed home to one major party that supports the legalization of pot, but it isn't the Republicans or Democrats.

It's the Independence Party, which is one of just three parties in Minnesota with "major" status, attained when at least one of a party's candidates for statewide office wins 5 percent of the vote for four consecutive elections.

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That means Independence candidates like John Denney, the party's Sixth District candidate for U.S. Congress, will have the opportunity to share their unique political views during debates with candidates like Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Joe Perske.

Denney, a 28-year-old graduate of Forest Lake High School, characterizes Emmer as "bought and paid for by special interests."

"He has to be one of the most well-funded candidates in the state, so I don't intend to match him dollar for dollar," Denney says. "I intend to attack him online, through video releases -- that is, so long as we have net neutrality, which is a constitutional liberty and is another thing I'm running on."

This is the first election cycle where legalization of marijuana has been a part of Independence's platform.

"We have absolutely no shame in saying that we support the legalization of marijuana, however, it isn't something we intend to 'run on,'" Denney says. "It's very much a 'matter of fact' position for most of our candidates. I think I speak for most of the millennial generation when I say that this is something of a no-brainer, but I can't speak for my fellow [Independence] candidates, only myself."

Denney links Republican and Democratic views on pot with "the corruption rampant in Washington, D.C.," which he characterizes as his "number-one issue."

"That's why we can't get through a sensible drugs policy," Denney tells us. "We saw it play out in Minnesota with the law enforcement lobby heavily influencing the medical marijuana debate. That sort of thing has no place in health care decisions."

"That's a function of legalized bribery in our campaign system, and that's really what I'm running on," Denney says.

Emmer doesn't share Denney's sentiments about pot, of course. Back in 2009, he angrily called for the word "marijuana" to be removed from a medical marijuana bill then under consideration at the Legislature, with the term to be replaced by "pot."

"Let's call it what it is,'' Emmer said, alluding the difference between what he regards as medicine on one hand and drugs on the other. "Pot!"

(For more, click to page two.)



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t081281
t081281

An article about the Independence Party without even mentioning their first endorsed candidate of the 2014 season, Dave Thomas.  It is as if the media believes enough he won't be there supporting the legalization of marijuana, attacking the NSA and promoting higher education if they do not mention him.


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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

as with gay marriage, as soon as the dems count how many votes they can get,, they too will put it on the platform

Erik Seavey
Erik Seavey

The Independence Party isn't a major party.

byork00
byork00

..."Major Party" is thrown around a little loosely these days

LoringParker
LoringParker

Hi Aaron Rupar - The front page of your article insinuates that Mr. Denney is only a high school graduate. Could you explain your reasoning behind withholding his bachelors degree and current pursuit of a JD to page 2? Would an article on the other two candidates even mention their high school educations? Click-through rates have to be lower for the second page than the first, correct? I have no horse in this race but this seems to be an odd editorial decision.

Nick Hannula
Nick Hannula

Okay, so when does the first actually relevant political party do so?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Hard to take the Independence Party seriously.   Jesse Ventura pretended to be in favor of legalized marijuana.  Then he flip flopped and did nothing to advance legal marijuana in the 4 years he had as governor.  Mark Dayton and the DFL passed medical marijuana with little to no help from the Independence and Republican parties.    The DFL is the only party that has shown they are willing to expand freedom to citizens when in power.   Gay marriage and medical marijuana prove that.

CaseyJones
CaseyJones

They are just a third party, but I'm glad someone is saying it.  "Legalized bribery" is about all there is to politics now.  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@sweetliberty17761776 Yeah, those mean old Dems have discovered that they get votes by not being authoritarian bigots.  Go figure!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@LoringParker i think it is important to highlight that this kid is likely a hick in city clothes. 


i like this : "I'm getting what I call a 'cut through the bullshit' degree, and you can quote me on that,"


like this greenhorn wont completely sell out if he makes it to DC, his law degree will only further this notion. It will solidify his place within the establishment 

Hess
Hess

@MicheleBachmann They DID NOT pass anything worthy of being considered a medical marijuana bill.  Its a joke.  Very few people, if any, were helped.  The reason for the pathetic legislation is just as this article says.... Dayton is bought by special interests.  Namely, the law enforcement lobby.  The DFL without a doubt tucked tail on the MJ issue, and have lost my vote.  Not because of lack of MJ legalization, but because of how it all went down.  DFL/GOP=puppets.  I've had it, I'm going independent.  

matfish
matfish

@MicheleBachmann So how a different candidate was 15 years ago must be how every other one in the same party will be going forward forever...good logic

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CaseyJones The last time the Independence Party was in charge of the state their candidate did nothing but enhance his own fame and wealth.   Jesse Ventura spent his time making money off the WWE and XFL.  He didn't try to reform political spending or legalizing marijuana.   You are a fool to trust them.  

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@muhutdafuga @sweetliberty17761776


if you dont think that the dems are also ( cause we know some in the gop can be too)


"Autoritarian bigots" too


then you are either dishonest or just ignorant 


its just that YOU like those GoP types


are willing to justify YOUR brand OF BIGOTRY 



if one is objective they move past the politics as they seek the truth



LoringParker
LoringParker

@digitalprotocol Correct me if I'm wrong, but you do need to successfully complete undergraduate studies prior to attaining a law degree. The guy graduated high school 10 years ago, so why is it worth mentioning so prominently, if at all. That was my only concern in writing the comment.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Hess  What would the reaction from the corporate Right have been if Mark Dayton, the Democrat who makes no secret of his own medication, had bucked the Law Enforcement lobby to champion pot legalization?  Good Grief, I can hear the hippie-bashing now.  "Minnesota's Crazy Governor Wants America to Tune In, Turn On, and Spark One Up!  Details coming up on The Factor..."

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Hess @MicheleBachmann He passed more than any other governor in the history of our state.  He is one of the earliest politicians to sign any sort of easing of marijuana laws.  He is a leader for compromising and changing his mind.  Fools like you are why nothing ever gets done.  The DFL is the only party brave enough to do anything.  Republicans and the Independence Party had their chance.  The DFL got it done.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@matfish its great that you are keeping so positive, too bad you got no dollars or clout to hoist your candidate with

OlWillyClinton
OlWillyClinton

@MicheleBachmann @CaseyJones I'm generally in line with a lot of your comments, Fake Bachmann. Really. I am. However, this one is a little off base. Governor Ventura set us up as one of the best states in the country in education, and one could argue that is why our state is still so prosperous after the absolute mess that was Governor Pawlenty.

Smart people find a way to succeed. Governor Ventura helped produce smart people in our state. 

Basically what I'm trying to say is to not entirely write him off as a failure. He prepped us to weather the storm that was coming with the future utter failure that was Governor Pawlenty.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@sweetliberty17761776 @muhutdafuga No, conservatives make up the VAST MAJORITY of bigots.

Conservatives are the same as the Taliban.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@OlWillyClinton @MicheleBachmann He was better than Pawlenty no doubt.  Still I'm not going to let him off the hook.  Plus he has spent the last 10 years pushing offensive and stupid conspiracy theories for personal profit instead of helping his party or state improve.  

LoringParker
LoringParker

@digitalprotocol I notice you troll on a LOT of Aaron Rupar's articles. Any chance you are either a huge homer for this dude or - dun dun dun - actually Aaron Rupar?! Posting to boost your own comments numbers would be, in a sense, fellating yourself.

Alirox
Alirox

The Dems and Reps purposely short-circuited the Ventura administration while he held office.

Were you in town when the DFL screamed "poison beer!!!" when home-brewing and tap rooms were up for legalization?

The DFL is in NO way for any sort of legalization of geef.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@LoringParker i notice you must be new to the city, did you come here from wisconsin? funny that somebody called loringparker is calling me gay, you must be new.


rupar is a power player around here bud, you're just some fool drooling over grad school and the establishment. its pathetic. you are a hick


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