Former governor comments on Ebola and marijuana


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The one-time presidential candidate who is now in the medical marijuana business said pot could be the answer for Ebola. Former Governor Gary Johnson first made comments about marijuana and Ebola on the FOX Business Network on Monday.

“We actually believe we have efficacy with regard to treating Ebola,” Johnson said before the anchor stopped him.

Someone posted the video online, saying it’s an example of a marijuana advocate getting carried away.

“You want to make it easier for people to use cannabis and apply it to Ebola… not as a cure,” Stuart Varney said, hosting the program.

“No, potentially as an actual cure,” Johnson responded.

Potentially, but Johnson told KRQE on the phone Tuesday, he is not saying it is the cure.

“No one is making this claim,” he said. “There are those that would love to have the opportunity to provide this as potentially a game changer.”

He said he is critical of the current system for making it difficult to try out possible alternatives, like marijuana but that he is not trying to mislead anyone about its potential.

“I am not a snake oil salesman. I’m not. You know, I’m the former governor of New Mexico,” Johnson said in response to Varney’s comments. “I’m not going to sell snake oil.”

Varney accused Johnson of just being concerned with selling his product. Johnson said it is not about the money.

His company, Cannabis Sativa, announced Tuesday it will market products under the brand name, “hi.” One of its main products is a cannabis lozenge. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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