Ed Thompson, brother of former
Wisconsin governor and current Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy
Thompson and Libertarian Party candidate for the state governorship this
year, stopped by central Wisconsin's annual Weedstock celebration Monday
afternoon in Beaver Dam long enough to reiterate his call for the legalization
of marijuana, according to the local newspaper the Daily Citizen.
While Tommy Thompson is one
of the nation's most powerful Republicans, brother Ed's career has included
stints as bar owner, prison guard, boxer and grocery store owner.
Ed Thompson, campaigning on a typical Libertarian platform -- one that
calls for an end to imprisoning nonviolent drug offenders but doesn't explicitly
include marijuana legalization as one of its 10 "Top Wisconsin Issues"
-- got explicit at Weedstock, the annual marijuana reform bash sponsored
by longtime Madison activist Ben Masel.
Thompson told a crowd of
200 that marijuana should be legalized and regulated like alcohol and tobacco.
"I'm a strong proponent of legalizing medical marijuana," said Thompson,
adding that he also favored broader legalization. Legalization, he
said, would lead to underage children having less access to it. "Gangsters
don't have a problem selling drugs to our children," he said.
Thompson, who is running
at about 10% in recent polls, has been the subject of articles in the Economist,
the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, as well as numerous Wisconsin
(The Weedstock web site is
and the Thompson campaign web site is http://www.EdThompson.com
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Issue #239, 5/31/02
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