Former Governor Fakes Heart Attack for Marijuana Legalization

Former Governor Fakes Heart attack for Marijuana Legalization

A former New Mexico governor faked a heart attack on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week in attempt to prove his point about marijuana legalization.

Gary Johnson is a former two-term New Mexico governor who left the Republican Party in 2011 in order to become the Libertarian nominee against President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Since leaving office, Johnson has become a staunch supporter of marijuana legalization, as well as the CEO of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., a Nevada-based company that aims primarily to sell medical marijuana products.

During a panel discussion last week at the CPAC conference, Johnson objected to a comment by his anti-pot adversary Ann Marie Buerkle, who asserted that those who smoke marijuana have a five-times higher chance of having a heart attack in the first hour after smoking pot. She is referring to a study by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, which found that the increased risk of heart attack is about the same as that of strenuous exercise. Johnson responded by having a fake heart attack of his own, falling from his chair on stage, clutching his chest.

This is not the first time that Johnson has done something outlandish in the name of marijuana reform. In October 2014 during the Ebola scare, he publicly stated that marijuana could be used as a treatment or even a cure for the deadly virus.

About half the CPAC audience at the National Harbor Resort in rural Washington, D.C., laughed at Johnson's stunt — the other half, not so much.