Watch to see if his lips are moving.
It's therefore important to know when politicians are actually telling the truth, and Politifact validates former New Mexico Governor (and presumptive Libertarian Party presidential nominee) Gary Johnson:
|Gary Johnson intends to make|
marijuan legalization a corner-
stone of his presidential bid.
"Fifty percent of the graduating class of the year 2012 will have smoked marijuana or have done illegal drugs."
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson during a Feb. 25th, 2012 candidate forum.
We wondered if Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson was blowing smoke when he made a claim about teenage marijuana use during a candidate forum in Georgia.
"Fifty percent of the [high school] graduating class of the year 2012 will have smoked marijuana or have done some illegal drugs," said Johnson, a former two-term governor of New Mexico.
For the record, Johnson doesn’t believe teenagers should have access to marijuana. Johnson does believe marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and thinks the money the federal government spends on marijuana enforcement could be better spent "against the individuals committing real crimes against society."
According to 2009 data from the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 46 percent of 12th-graders had smoked marijuana at least once. Nearly 8 percent had used cocaine; 2.5 percent had tried heroin; about 4 percent used methamphetamines; 8 percent had tried Ecstacy; slightly more than 3 percent had used steroids.
Data from the federal National Institutes of Health found that in 2011, 50 percent of high school seniors reported having tried an illicit drug at some time.
We couldn't find data about the percentage of high school seniors graduating this year who've smoked marijuana or have done any kind of illicit drug, but the data line up with Johnson's claim. Johnson's statement rates a Mostly True.