Libertarian V.P. candidate calls for U.S. to legalize hemp, repeal federal income tax

08/06/2012 06:12 PM

The Libertarian Party’s presidential ticket for the presidency has until Sept. 7 to lock down the 5,000 signatures necessary to get on the Nov. 6 ballot in Kentucky and the vice presidential candidate spent Monday morning in the Louisville area making his pitch.

Jim Gray, a retired California trial court judge, talked with Pure Politics about getting on the ballot in Kentucky, the need to fix the economy and how to do it, how hemp can quell some Kentucky and U.S. financial woes and the political family named Paul.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is at the top of the ticket for Libertarians and Judge Gray said the key to getting the economy back on track is to repeal the income tax. Gray said a repeal would bring companies who have left back to the United States.

Libertarian activist Ken Moellman, who spoke on behalf of the Johnson-Gray ticket at Saturday’s political speaking event at the Fancy Farm picnic, told Pure Politics organizers had collected 1,200 verified signatures as of last week. But he said libertarian activists haven’t yet focused on Kentucky.

Gray went on to Indianapolis after his visit to Kentucky where he attended the Indiana state fair and campaigned with Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate Rupert Boneham of reality T.V. Survivor fame.

_Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed the date in which petitions for presidential tickets are due in Kentucky. It is Sept. 7.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



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