Ezra Klein in the Washington Post:
On Saturday’s edition of “Up With Chris Hayes,” Gary Johnson brought up an old Newt Gingrich idea I hadn’t heard before: Putting individuals who brought more than two ounces of marijuana into the United States to death. That sounded extreme, even for Gingrich. So I looked it up. And sure enough, there it is: “The Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.” What makes the bill even more amazing is that Gingrich himself is a confessed pot smoker.
That is beyond crazy and surprising that anyone would think this is a good idea. If the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996 passed, could you imagine the paranoia by pot smokers? If you got caught smoking and they questioned you on where you got it, if you ratted out your drug dealer, your buddy would be sent to his death. In addition to all the court costs that would occur over the next few years, it only takes sanity to realize this is ‘terribly dangerous’ of Newt.
Below is the video of Johnson ripping Gingrich for his death penalty proposal for pot smokers.