Pot Proponent Finds Party for Governor Run

Pot Proponent Finds Party for Governor Run
Posted by FoM on April 02, 2002 at 21:43:23 PT
By Rod Thompson
Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin 
Big Island marijuana legalization advocate Jonathan Adler has filed to run for governor as a candidate of the Natural Law Party. The state Green Party rejected Adler in January, telling him his primary goal was promoting himself rather than Green principles.Lauri Clegg, acting chairwoman of the Natural Law Party of Hawaii, said her party does not endorse Adler, but Natural Law bylaws are not strict enough to reject him. Adler has focused in recent years on medical and religious marijuana use. That "is not a big issue for us," Clegg said. 
Natural Law supports decriminalization of marijuana but generally discourages drug use because it does not contribute to individual development, Clegg said. The party seeks solutions in accordance with natural law, such as preventive health care, she said.Clegg says Adler does help the party in that it needed a statewide candidate now to stay on the ballot in 2004.Adler said he picked a party, rather than run as a nonpartisan, because it helps him get through the primary election.As a partisan he needs only one vote to proceed to the general election. As a nonpartisan he would need 10 percent of all votes cast or as many votes as the lowest-polling partisan.Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin (HI)Author: Rod ThompsonPublished: Tuesday, April 2, 2002 Copyright: 2002 Honolulu Star-BulletinContact: letters starbulletin.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Hawaii Medical Marijuana Institute To Weigh Religion and Pot Call for Documenting Religious Aspect of Pot 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 03, 2002 at 09:14:54 PT
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First Candidate Files in Governor's Race 
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Source: Honolulu Advertiser (HI)
Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2002 
Copyright: 2002 The Honolulu Advertiser, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.
Contact: letters
Jonathan Adler, an outspoken advocate of marijuana use for medical and religious reasons, became the first candidate to officially file nomination papers to run for governor yesterday, at the County Building in Hilo. 
Adler, 49, said he picked April 1 to file "to show the foolishness of politics, and the fact that the real choice is becoming more obvious every day  to get politics out of government."
Adler, who lives in Kea'au in Lower Puna on the Big Island, said he is running as a member of the Natural Law Party. He has made several unsuccessful attempts to run for office, including Big Island mayor in 1996 and 2000 and the County Council seat representing Puna.
Adler has argued for years that state law actually allows marijuana to be used for medical or religious purposes. He has two criminal cases pending against him, one charging marijuana possession, the other charging distribution.
He is the executive director of the Hawai'i Medical Marijuana Institute and has been owner of Big Island Steel since 1986.
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