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Rick Perry, Pot Friendly and a Presidential Candidate?

Is Perry plotting another run at the White House?
Is Perry plotting another run at the White House?
Photo by Bryan Williams

You might have assumed that Gov. Rick Perry's fumbling last attempt to score the 2012 Republican presidential nomination guaranteed we'd never see him on the national stage again.

But then Perry announced he wasn't running for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas. Then he started traveling the country encouraging people and businesses to relocate to the famously business-friendly Texas. He spouted off soundbites of independence and defiance on the Affordable Care Act, and we began to wonder what he was up to. He went to Iowa -- the state people only traditionally visit if they're lost, there for the Iowa Workshop or running for president -- and our suspicions grew.

Could he be considering another run at the top spot? Between the perfectly presidential hair and all the other moves, we began to really wonder. Now Perry has made another step toward turning himself into the kind of guy who might be the kind of candidate who could stand a chance in a national election by showing he's a little open-minded about pot.

While he's not up for going all Colorado and allowing it to be sold, last Thursday Perry stated at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that he is in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

"After 40 years of the war on drugs, I can't change what happened in the past. What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that's what we've done over the last decade," Perry said.

So now he's got a kinder, gentler few of the ganja and we're willing to bet his approach has everything to do with 2016. Last time around, Perry entered the race late, was almost comically unprepared (he infamously went blank on the name of the third cabinet agency he wanted to close), and quickly saw his presidential ambitions torpedoed. But it looks like we'll be hearing more from guy with the best hair in politics, and he's also trying to work a little Kinky Friedman-style appeal into his stance. Fingers crossed he picks a Willie Nelson tune for his campaign theme song. That'd be cool.


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