Third-party presidential candidates, Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein, do not have the same advantages as Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. However, both candidates mounted presidential bids in 2012 and may gain new political ground this election year thanks to one issue – marijuana legalization.

A recent Monmouth University poll shows third-party candidates, Johnson and Stein, sharing 13 percent of likely voters and 26 percent of the total independent voters.

Johnson, the presumptive Libertarian Party nominee received 9 percent and Stein, the Green Party nominee received 4 percent.

While Stein and Johnson were pro-legalization during their 2012 campaigns, the issue did not resonate with voters enough to catapult either candidate into the forefront, but four years later, new pro-legalization voters are coming into the fold.

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