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Conservatives Causing Heart Attacks By Abandoning Pot Prohibition!

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That's 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate and New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson faking a heart attack during a CPAC panel disussion about marijuana legalization.

Former Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Mary Buerkle was claiming that smoking dope increases your chance of suffering a cardiac arrest. But fears of legal pot are fading fast among conservatives. According to National Journal, the same CPAC straw poll that had libertarianish Sen. Rand Paul winning the top slot for the 2016 presidential nomination also found that 

26 percent supporting, at the very least, the legalization of medicinal marijuana and an astonishing 41 percent in favor of legalizing pot for recreational use.

Other surprises (or perhaps more accurately, concessions to reality) included this:

Seventy-seven percent said they want President Obama's executive actions on immigration defunded, but just 37 percent said illegal immigrants should be deported.

Reason's CPAC coverage included analysis of the split between party elites and the grassroots when it comes to foreign policy and a growing generational gap with younger attendees much more interested in reducing the size, scope, and spending of government than using government to enforce morality. Here's one of our vids (more here), featuring Matt Welch talking with folks about interventionism.

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34 responses to “Conservatives Causing Heart Attacks By Abandoning Pot Prohibition!

  1. Gary Johnson…responding in the most appropriate way when confronted with someone making unsubstantiated medical claims. Good lord, that woman was an idiot.

    1. “Good lord, that woman was an idiot.”

      Do yourself a favor and avoid listening to all of her talk/speech.

    2. Give Mary Buerkle a pearl necklace so… No! Not a bukake, I meant the kind she can clutch!

  2. That wasn’t no fake heart attack! He’s been taking pot and smoking drugs!

  3. I can only hope the Republican Party continues to move in the correct (that is libertarian) direction.

    I’ve never gone to CPAC or the ISFLC, and I keep meaning to but I never want to go alone (I’m the only Libertarian / Politically disposed individual I know). One of these days I’d like to go.

    I will add one more thing: judging from the average person interviewed, CPAC needs a makeover. The gentleman Matt interviewed @2:23 needs to understand that mustard yellow ties on top of mustard yellow shirts are never okay.

    1. I’m the only Libertarian / Politically disposed individual I know

      What? I don’t believe it! What state do you live in? I live in MD and I personally know both of the other 2 libertarians living here!

      1. I live in New York City…

        1. Oh, well I understand now. You ARE the only libertarian in NYC.

          1. do-n-do-n-do-n-do, and here I am…

    2. The gentleman Matt interviewed @2:23 needs to understand that mustard yellow ties on top of mustard yellow shirts are never okay.

      I went farther than that once. Not just the shirt and tie but the whole suit. Polyester too.

  4. This is funny. Gary Johnson seems to be implying that he smoked pot in the last hour. Good for him. It’s the only way I could enjoy CPAC.

    1. Basically, what is left to do except to make fun of the pot prohibitionists at this point? They’ve lost and don’t even know it, so laugh them to scorn.

      1. We’ve pretty much won the war on pot prohibition, but there are still a lot of battles to fight.

        1. Well Hugh, if you’ve won the war, it’s “immature”(tm, patent pending) of you to continue to fight the battles. You clearly have a drug problem if you advocate changing drug laws, albeit laws which are unjust, when there are so many pressing issues pertaining to people who matter.

  5. Even in Alabama, I see a lot of social conservatives who are softening on their personal feelings regarding legalization.

    True, they are mainly concerned with saving money on incarcerations, but it’s still a big change. It’s time for conservative leaders to come around on this issue.

    1. I think the biggest factor preventing some people who would otherwise come around on the issue from doing so, is the top control tool of a statist politician.

      I’ve been in several impromptu group conversations of this topic since the legalization trend has kicked in, and it’s always the same thing. You have a couple people saying, well legalize and tax it just like alcohol, right? But there is always at least one who will say ‘Well, I have kids…’

      That shit infuriates me. Oh, so you have kids and that means that innocent people should be thrown into a cage because their drug of choice isn’t the same as yours?

      1. When someone says they want to protect their kids from drugs, ask them who is more likely to sell drugs to their kids: A legal seller who wants to keep their licensed business, or a black-market dealer?

        Sometimes it sinks in. Most of the time it doesn’t.

        Seriously, if you want to keep drugs away from kids, and make it difficult for them to get their hands on harder drugs, then legalize the weed. Done right, legal weed can put the black market dealers out of business, and close the biggest door to the black market. I know in my case someone at a liquor store has never offered me cocaine or acid, but dealers in illegal pot have.

        1. Don’t you know that the legal MJ businesses will sneak pot candy into the Halloween candy so that your little snowflakes will become addicts? Because profit!

      2. The argument I always get is “Do you want kids high on pot careening around the highways killing people?”

  6. I am still thoroughly pissed at Gary for walking away from being a shoe-in for Senator.

    1. Yeah, that really sucks. It’s not like we have a surplus of libertarians in congress right now.

  7. During the panel a conservative from the Weekly Standard (I think) said that the best argument against legal weed was that you’d end up like Gary Johnson.

    You mean two-term governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson? Mount Everest climber Gary Johnson? Ironman Triathlete Gary Johnson? Total bum, all because he smoked weed.

    1. The Weekly Standard is a NeoCon douche rag.

  8. Is that Mary Katherine Ham in the middle? Damn she’s cute.

    1. Try Rachel Ray instead. At least she can cook.

      1. No she can’t.

        1. Sorry. I forgot for a second that you’re one of those asshole food snobs whose condescending prickery makes their presence basically unbearable.

          1. I’m disappointed, Hugh, I thought you never forgot that I’m an asshole. I must be slipping.

  9. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent agency of the United States government. It was created in 1972 through the Consumer Product Safety Act.

    Thank you Nixon!

  10. Reason’s CPAC coverage included analysis of the split between party elites and the grassroots when it comes to foreign policy and a growing generational gap with younger attendees much more interested in reducing the size, scope, and spending of government than using government to enforce morality.

    What young people have you been talking to? Your kids’ friends? Reason interns? Because I can assure you that most people my age or younger are utterly infatuated with expanding government power in all ways. In areas they claim to support freedom, they would counter productively use a political cudgel to achieve it.

  11. Bitch, I voted for that guy who faked the heart attack.

  12. Oh, by the way, that whinging about heart attack risk? How are these types of conservatives different than progressives?

  13. I say thats like totally insane.

    http://www.AnonStuff.tk

  14. Pot Prohibition is Stalinist. They better give it up:

    Nixon went after cannabis to jail his political enemies. The essence of Stalinism.

    “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

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