Ex-Gov. Johnson quits pot company, hints at another Libertarian bid for president

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has hinted that he might try another bid for president as a Libertarian. He said Tuesday on Twitter that he might have news about the election when he appears Wednesday morning on Cavuto Coast to Coast on the Fox Business network. Richard Shiro/The Associated Press

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson on Tuesday hinted that he soon might be announcing another Libertarian Party presidential bid.

Johnson, who was governor between 1995 and 2002, said on Twitter that he might have news about the election when he appears Wednesday morning on Cavuto Coast to Coast on the Fox Business network.

Asked directly if he was planning to announce his candidacy on that program, Johnson demurred. “I don’t want to get crossways with the [Federal Election Commission],” he told The New Mexican.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the legal marijuana products company that Johnson headed, Cannabis Sativa Inc., announced that the former governor had resigned as director and CEO “to pursue political opportunities.”

“I’ve enjoyed working with CBDS, and am confident of the future successes of the company and the cannabis industry and I’m confident that legal cannabis is a societal good,” Johnson said in a news release.

The Cavuto show airs from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays on Fox Business. Johnson said he did not have an exact time for his interview with host Neil Cavuto.

Johnson, a two-term governor who was a Republican until late 2011, received 3.5 percent of the vote in New Mexico but less than 1 percent nationally in 2012 when he ran for president as a Libertarian.