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We reached out to all Minnesota candidates running for U.S Senate, Governor, U.S Congress, Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Auditor this fall. Candidates were asked to provide a two-minute
video discussing their platform as well as answer a set of our viewer's questions.
Above is the video and below are the answers Noah Johnson provided. This is not a paid advertisement nor does WCCO endorse any candidate.
Responses from Noah Johnson, Legalize Cannabis candidate for Attorney General:
The Trump Administration's new E.P.A rollback of Coal Pollution Regulations allows states to decide how much to cut emissions. What is your stance on the Clean Air Act and what policy would you propose if elected?
My campaign believes in the paramount importance of protecting the environment for the sake of ourselves and our children. To that end, as Attorney General, I would support the Clean Air Act to the greatest extent possible, and work to set policies in Minnesota in line with the Obama Administration emission-reduction goals.
Should Minnesota legalize and regulate sports gambling?
Yes. Minnesotans should enjoy the liberty to gamble in a properly regulated manner.
Should people convicted of non-violent drug offenses be released from prison and their records expunged?
Should Minnesota approve restrictions on gun purchases and/or ownership?
Bump stock ban? "Red flag" law to allow police to confiscate weapons from a person who is a danger to himself or others? Universal background check? Assault weapon ban?
Reasonable restrictions to protect the public safety. Bump stocks and assault weapons have no place in a free and peaceful society, because the risk that they will be used to cause injury and death outweighs any interest in possessing them for personal gratification. My campaign strongly supports background checks on all gun purchasers.
Should Minnesota cities be allowed to declare themselves "sanctuary cities" and decline to cooperate with federal officials to enforce immigration laws?
Yes, and in addition, the entire state should be a sanctuary for peaceful immigrants from the fear-mongering and religiously discriminatory policies of the Trump administration.
There is an an effort by state attorneys general to sue pharmaceutical companies for their role in helping create the opioid crisis in America and Minnesota. Will you support those efforts by filing a lawsuit on behalf of Minnesota?
Yes, and my platform of marijuana legalization is particularly helpful to this issue, as studies, including as reported by Scientific American, have shown that the rate of opioid abuse falls in jurisdictions where marijuana is legal.
Should the penalty for certain violent crimes in Minnesota be the death penalty?
Absolutely not. In a civilized society, those who do good are distinguished from those who do bad by not lowering themselves to the level of the wrongdoer, and if ever there was detestable, premeditated murder, it is when the state inflicts miserable death upon citizens by process of law. Capital punishment is barbarism.
Should Minnesota release non-violent drug offenders currently serving Minnesota prison terms?
Yes. Prisons should serve the purpose of separating the violent from society, not peaceful drug users.
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