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Friday, October 28, 2005

Marijuana Party head seeks governor's office

By Libbi Rogers
The Crimson White
Contributing Writer
October 28, 2005


Loretta Nall is a 31-year-old wife and mother of two. She's an Alabama native with a confessed history of drug use.

And now Nall, president of the U.S. Marijuana Party, wants to be Alabama's governor.

She said she favors prison reform, states' rights, abolition of gun control and a checkbox-style government along with the obvious drug policy reform.

Nall said she decided to run in a conservative state such as Alabama because the state is dying for change.

"Cops are teaching kindergarteners it's alright to pee in a cup on demand," she said.

Six days after writing a letter to The Birmingham News urging Alabamians who wanted drug policy reform to join together to enact change in November 2002, Nall was arrested.

That's when she decided she wanted to have a bigger influence in the state. At first, Nall said her decision to run for governor was kind of a joke.

"It was like, 'Gee, I'll run for governor.' Just a remark, you know?," she said.

Nall, however, officially declared her candidacy in late September.

She said she has high hopes for the upcoming election. "I'm an eternal optimist, and I actually think I'll win," Nall said. "Yes, I know everyone thinks I'm a lunatic."

Nall said college students should be interested in one part of her platform: working to get rid of a provision of the Higher Education Act that blocks federal financial aid for students with prior drug convictions.

"It doesn't make any sense to me to block aid to students with convictions since higher education is proven to help correct those that may be on a path toward a life of crime," Nall said.

Greg Ostendorf, a UA freshman majoring in telecommunication and film, said he thinks it is such issues that make Nall appealing to college students.

"Her running here is going to bring more interest to college-age kids, and that's been lacking in previous elections," Ostendorf said. "Older people, though, that have been voting for longer won't take her seriously."

Nall said she has a decent chance in the state because of the uniqueness of her platform. She said there's a difference between her platform and Gov. Bob Riley's pushes for a "Biblically-inspired tax cut" and former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore's push to display the Ten Commandments in government buildings.

However, Nall said a lot of her platform is actually not that far from the beaten path followed by many Alabama politicians.

"If you pay attention to what I'm saying my platform is actually equally, if not more, conservative than the Republicans," Nall said.

Some UA students said they still have a hard time thinking Nall could pull out a win, however.

Mike Rashid, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said he doubts Nall stands a legitimate chance in Alabama.

"I'd say it's really good for the state to have more diversity in the elections, though," Rashid said.

Katie Thompson, a junior majoring in interior design, said she doesn't think Nall could win, "but anything other than ultra-conservatives running is great."

Christina McDonald, a freshman majoring in elementary education, said she hasn't ever heard of the Marijuana Party before, but said Nall's party didn't really matter to her that much.

"As long as she does what she needs to do for the state of Alabama, then I'm fine with her," McDonald said.

2 Comments:

  • The article by Libbi Rogers concerning my run for Governor of Alabama has a misquote in it.

    She said there's a difference between her platform and Gov. Bob Riley's pushes for a "Biblically-inspired tax cut"

    That should read "biblically inspired tax increase"

    Loretta Nall

    By Blogger Loretta Nall, at 6:41 AM  

  • Since your email doesn't seem to be working, I'l post this here and maybe you'll see it.

    I don't know how to link to this page since it requires a free registration, but a local activist Roger Christie has filed an impeachment lawsuit against Hawaii County Councilmembers and the Mayor for knowingly violating a charter in which the Marijuana Eradication Program known as Greenharvest would come under periodic review. The program has never come under review. Roger set out and found the proper petitioners and their proper info and submitted it to the 3rd circuit court. The councilmembers and the mayor have no choice now but to go to court and answer for this. The funny this is that Roger filed a similar petition a few years ago but was dismissed by the court because of bad address information on the petition. Although it was apparently brought up to the mayor's attention back then, but he and the councilmembers chose to do nothing about it.

    The newspaper is at: http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

    If you search Roger Christie from the website, it will be the first returned entry.

    The direct link is supposed to be: http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2005/10/18/local_news/local03.txt

    Requires free registration. I get the paper every day though so I read it in print. All that I wrote above was from memory though so please refer to the actual article. I hope you can include this info on your MJP Blog.

    By Blogger MacGyver, at 1:05 PM  

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