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Jimmy Kimmel Confronts President Obama Over Marijuana Legalization

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator April 29, 2012
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    “Marijuana is something that real people care about.” — Jimmy Kimmel (forward to 21:50 or click here)

    Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel performed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and took a moment to confront President Obama on his marijuana crackdown.

    I do have one real question for you, Mr. President.  What’s with the marijuana crackdown?  I mean, seriously, what’s the concern, we will deplete the nation’s Funyun supply?

    You know, pot smokers vote, too.  Sometimes a week after the election, but they vote.

    Let’s take a quick poll.  I would like everyone in this room to raise your hand if you’ve never smoked pot.

    Raise your hands if you've never smoked pot.

    [Very few hands go up.]  Heh heh.  There you go.  Look at Brit Hume – he’s high right now.  He’s on his fourth almond macaroon.

    Mr. President, I hope you don’t think I’m out of line here, but marijuana is something that real people care about.  The fact that you believe Speaker Boehner when he tells you he still has control of his party leads me to believe that you must be smoking some crazy great weed yourself.

    Woody Harrelson just woke up.

    Thank you, Jimmy Kimmel, for exemplifying how a cannabis consumer can be polite yet direct in calling on the president to explain a policy that is no longer supported by a majority of Americans.  Half of this country supports outright legalization of marijuana and three-quarters think marijuana punishments, if any, should be no more than ticketable offenses, not crimes.

    185 Responses to “Jimmy Kimmel Confronts President Obama Over Marijuana Legalization”

    1. jazzmin says:

      Marijauna has been medicinally legal here for 16 years. This year, once again, California will put legalizing it to be just like a pack of cigarettes, on the ballot…where it’s been many times before. It’s not only job reassignment, which most in law enforcement are against this cuz they don’t want to relocate, be reassigned. My original comment only meant i can understand the presidents turn around on it. he’s an intelligent man. Unlike many people who come to thiss places and show us how uninformed so many regular/average people are. But then I just read an article on the statistics of the average joe’s in our country….a little over 60% are average or below intelligence. I always say I will never again write anything on these post whatever you want responses to an issue….ignorance abounds here. People i guess just do not care to be educated in this country…but they wanna go to the corner store 7 but pot…hey…whatever…..educate yourselves before writing for all to see how uneducated you are.

    2. Anonymous says:

      “If you think it through, you’ll discover that jobs ie law enforcement, would be a large area of job loss, prison/state workers..who are already losing jobs/being laid off here.”

      Holy cow, you want to keep people in jail so that prison workers don’t lose jobs?

    3. hanspy says:

      “Herp Derp says:

      April 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Marijuana may lead to lung cancer but there have been very few reports of it due to the fact people dont chain smoke marijuana in the way people chain smoke cigarettes”
      quote

      Your so wrong. Israeli studies have shown that those that only smoke weed ,inhale totaly diverent substances than smoking tobaco. Its not proven that those give you cancer.But there is proof that smoking weed wil lower and prevent cancer from growing. So where do you vind your proof from your statement? Breathe wil give you cancer to.Proven fact.Do you stop to breathe now?

    4. katherine magee says:

      LEGALIZE BABY!! ONE LOVE

      WEED IS THE CURE PEOPLE
      hopefully one day all u idiots will see

    5. Don M says:

      Jimmy Kimmel, I just became a fan!!!

      Thank you for speaking up about an issue that Mr. Obama tries very hard to ignore! Our country needs more people like you!

      SALUTE!!!

    6. Anonymous says:

      “a little over 60% are average or below intelligence.” Followed by a rant about how uneducated everyone else is.

      I’m glad I actually read the comments for once, because that’s solid gold.

    7. Noboma says:

      The Republicans worry about what your doing in the bed room and the Democrats worry what your doing in your living room while your watching SNL after a long day at work. Jesus, whats so bad about having a good laugh after a 10 hour work day and having a few puffs of herb? Im in no way voting for Obama this year,

    8. Cody says:

      They won’t legalize it, because the prison industry makes so much money off of inmates.

      Law is a crooked business, if justice is real, it sure as hell isn’t anywhere on this planet.

    9. Anonymous says:

      jazzmin shut up are u tryin to educate us in what way cause i cant listen to idiots like u speak

    10. George says:

      The bottom line, President Obama, is that marijuana is safer than the two legal drugs – alcohol and tobacco, particularly if used vaporized or from food. Lets give Americans the choice of a safer drug. Or, perhaps, we keep voting until we get the candidate that won’t back track off this issue.

    11. Clay Vollers says:

      The only hope for legalization on the federal level is for Obama to keep acting like he is dead set against it. This will force the Republicans to be for it and call this a “violation of our fundamental Constitutional liberties” and “Un-American”.
      Or we’ll have to take our government back from the military industrialist that have owned it since WWII…

    12. Patriot1 says:

      Hasn’t Obama ever heard of the 10th Amendment? He needs to read the Constitution. The 10th Amendment is basically states nullification of unlawful federal acts, and cannabis/hemp prohibition is certainly one of them. In the 1800′s before the Civil War, the federal government passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slave owners of slaves who had escaped into free states to track them down and reclaim their “property.” A lot of the northern states nullified this law by enacting laws of their own which forbade slave owners from venturing into their states to reclaim their slaves, thus nullifying federal law. It’s been done before, and it needs to be done again with the cannabis laws.

    13. Joe Austin says:

      Raymonnd Likes it in the butt.

    14. Dave Evans says:

      Jazzmin, you must be a troll… ‘I smoke pot everyday, but think it should be illegal; because somebody needs to be abused for it.’ If you’re serious, that sounds completely borderline. As a nurse, you should know what I mean. Have you no empathy? There are plenty of crimes the police can work on, marijuana laws are just a distraction for them. Even while getting paid for it, the police know enforcing prohibition is worthless and there are better things they could be doing.

    15. jonny says:

      eat it mills!

    16. Jason Walker says:

      Two thumbs up for last comment. Thanks Jimmy, yes we do care, and again thank you for speaking the truth. We do vote. Mr. president I hope you realize this.

    17. Anonymous says:

      those “jobs” of prison and state workers are tax dollars we don’t need to spend. if we legalized pot, we could focus on creating jobs that promote a productive society, helping schools, medicine, even military for that matter. legalizing pot doesn’t lose jobs. if anything, we create jobs by allowing a multibillion dollar industry to finally contribute to the economy.

    18. Anonymous says:

      “Holy cow, you want to keep people in jail so that prison workers don’t lose jobs?”

      I don’t believe it’s right either. But take the US’s current unemployment rates. Add to that employment losses in the DEA, Local PD, State PD, Prison workers, Rehabilitation programs, and any and every industry that is touched by those organizations: automotive, aeronautical, firearms, high tech, equipment suppliers etc.

      The US is way too far down the rabbit hole to just up and quit. Again, I don’t think it’s right either, but the options are limited.

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    20. Owen says:

      Uh, I hate to spoil the party but DESPITE EXTENSIVE NEWS COVERAGE THE SUBJECT OF KIMMEL TALKING ABOUT MARIJUANA NEVER CAME UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      YOU ARE ALL DROOLING ALL OVER YOURSELVES ON THIS ONE – AGAIN.

      MAINSTREAM MEDIA DID NOT COVER THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

    21. Owen says:

      As soon as a test is developed to tell if a person is under the effects of marijuana, the argument for legalization will be taken more seriously…

      [Russ responds: There are such tests. Drug recognition experts are fairly well trained to identify the tell-tale signs of current marijuana use. Science is also working on roadside saliva and epocrine (armpit) sweat tests that would have a reliability similar to the alcohol breathalyzer.]

      WHY THE FUCK SHOULD ANYONE BE TESTING ME FOR WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE IN MY BODY???

      [Russ responds: I don't know, maybe because you're driving erratically on the freeway near me and a cop has pulled you over to determine if you are under the influence of any impairing substances. Maybe you're committed a crime and we're determining your state of intoxication for evidence.]

      TEST ME FOR A HARMLESS PLANT???? NEXT YOU’LL BE TESTING ME FOR HOW MUCH TEA I DRINK. FUCK OFF!!!!!!!

      [Russ responds: Marijuana is not harmless. It does alter your perception and slows reaction times. Used irresponsibly, it can harm you and others.]

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    23. Ryan says:

      Jazzmin,

      Sorry to say it. But I am far more educated than you. I have two degrees. You think selfishly and unclear. Think before you type or speak in the future and don’t make up statistics. No one enjoys a liar. Marijuana has had a place in this world way longer then it has been banned. It has actually been banned for 1% of it’s lifespan on earth. As a nurse i’m sure they explained to you in your clincals that humans have actually had marijuana in their diet for so long that we developed cannabinoid receptors in our brains. So you may choose to never smoke pot…that’s your choice. But obviously your ancestors disagreed at some point…over and over and over again.

    24. Ryan says:

      I just can’t stand people who will argue with actual science and claim to hold a position in progressive medicine.

    25. Joel: the other Joel says:

      You can tell that Jimmy Kimmel did a good job upsetting the cannabis prohibition movement by reading this blog.

      Go Jimmy!

    26. Blake says:

      The DEA should have never been created. It’s creation alone I believe is un- constitutional. Narcs at the local and state level are gonna lose alot, but not all of the jobs. Oh boo fucking hoo. Prison workers and rehab programs? If anything we will gain rehab jobs, and the prison workers can go the same route as the DEA, boo fucking hoo. My county has a marijuana task force, don’t care if they got fired tomorrow, actually, I would prefer much worse for the scum. Aeronautical jobs? I dont know how many space weed prohibiton jobs there are, but I do feel for them most of all. Lol.

    27. Blake says:

      My bad, that would be aerospace, not aeronautics, still sounds funny though. Space weed narc, lol. Mmmmm space weed.

    28. Just An Observer says:

      Obama laughed off previous attempts to get MJ as a discussed and considered item, so how ironic is it that a comedian /court jester stuck the issue right in Hope & Change’s face!

    29. Freedom says:

      You have a new fan Jimmy!!!

    30. bill says:

      wake up congress

    31. Ray DiPasquale says:

      God Bless Jimmy Kimmel!

    32. chad11 says:

      Are you people dumb? Pot will not be legalized by the federal government. Alcohol companies and big pharma pay top dollar too keep marijuana off the shelves. The federal government is owned by big pharma. Do you people actually think the smart people in government are truly that ignorant over this plant? Its all about the payoffs. the last thing big pharma wants is a natural cure for sleep, for anxiety, for sickness. The last thing the alcohol companies want is from someone who used to pound booze but now loves pot even more. Its all about money… It doesnt matter how liberal a president is. It will all come down to people voting on ballots basically making the government to shut down their vote. when that happens THEN the pressure from the people will take over.

    33. chad11 says:

      the government knows it can create hundreds of billions in tax dollars, the government knows the cures, the government knows the millions of jobs it could create… ya get it!? Its not about you and i its about the payoffs lol comon people. Just like how oil companies are stronger than our government. if they werent we wouldnt be in two wars for such a stupid reason. for OIL

    34. jbkorn02 says:

      Jasmin, I just came on today and usually watch what people have to say. If it’s something new I will make a comment and share with facebook so it gets passed to 300 people and so on. I come on just to inform other people. You claim that there are so many uneducated people posting on this site then why let it bother you? As long as the people who know what’s going on can convince theose to support the cause that should be all that matters for now. Nobody is educated on most of the governments policies but people vote them in constantly. This is a lot different because people just want to get theyre opinion out. The more people that post means they start seeing it as an ok thing to talk about and they post too. If someone is uneducated then educate them. Don’t complain about it.

    35. jbkorn02 says:

      Obama claims there is nothing he can do on his own but he can do it all on his own. He has the authority to put a stop to half of this debate (not really a debate when other side doesn’t respond). All he has to do is say he is taking marijuana off of the schedule 1 drug list with other drugs like heroin. Morphine isn’t even schedule 1. He can end this by himself in a day. There would be debates after but he can do it and is lying straight to every American when he says he doesn’t have control over that.

    36. jbkorn02 says:

      155 names needed on petition out of 25,0000 from the raid on Oaksterdamn . https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-medical-marijuana-raids . sign if you haven’t already

    37. Jeremy says:

      Pot smokers aren’t the only ones who vote on this issue. There are also those of us who’ve had loved ones suffer due to the inability for states to have truly solid medical laws.

      I don’t smoke it, vape it, or use it in any way at the moment (nor have I in the past, beyond a test of potency). But I’ll vote against anybody who isn’t willing to even consider legalizing.

    38. midnite toker says:

      in my state i would go to jail for being caught with as little as a seed and a stem

    39. Jeedi says:

      “If you think it through, you’ll discover that jobs ie law enforcement, would be a large area of job loss, prison/state workers..who are already losing jobs/being laid off here.”

      In my opinion, this is the only argument the so-called ‘learned’ trolls have somewhat right. Yes, our leaders have hardwired a prohibition economy of big government drug warriors and a criminal justice system. Big business is also dependent on not competing with legal marijuana and hemp derivatives. The for profit prison system needs to grow, not shrink in the eyes of a crazy businessman. It is true that if the government legalized weed at the Fed level and made all states legal overnight, this could harm the economy by laying off government jobs in a monetary bubble economy. So these in-humanists have some kind of point if you like western civilization. But the short answer is that the human being is more important than the dollar!!!

      So the complicated answer is state by state! Slowly… Allow states like California and Colorado to establish legal marijuana dispensaries, with doctor’s approval and tight regulation “from seed to sale.” But what does Obama do? He goes after the fledgling legal retail market; and puts a big dent in the Oakland “Oaksterdam” model city and commercial property improvements. Obama attacked states rights to implement highly regulated, production and distribution, not Federal jobs or the prison-militry-security-Wall Street industrial complexes.

    40. jbkorn02 says:

      On his show Monday Jimmy did have Vanessa Williams on and she talked about how she used to drink and smoke pot a lot. She even mentioned that her mom kept her old bowl and won’t give it back. Hopefully that means more celebreties with followers will come out on the issue. But most likely the only people that will even know he said that stuff are the people that read these blogs. I even tried posting it on CNN many times while they were disucssing the event and no more than one or two people commented. Overall we are doing a horrible job at spreading the word. I’ve signed every petition, written every government official over and over, donated to NORML, and have spoken my mind since day one. But it seems like everyone is getting worked up and nothing is truly changing

    41. The man says:

      Jazminn, your grammar in your comment shows how EDUCATED you are.
      Learn to use proper English before you start throwing stones about education.

    42. ohnojoe says:

      Im 20 years old never comitted a violent crime in my whole life, actually never comitted a crime in general. The other day i was arrested for Marijuana in the state of New Jersey or should i say New Germany, and now im looking at 5-10years in state prision. This event has absolutetly destroyed my life and so many others around me. Iam not a criminal and do not belong in state prision by any means i am educated and hardworking……This state is out of hand please could use some support

    43. Joel: the other Joel says:

      @ jazzmin
      Wow…having two degrees and acting like a snob and provoking others because you claim that you are smarter than the 60% who wanted to change the federal law against cannabis.

      Thanks for coming on this blog to represent the mind of a prohibitionist.

    44. The more and more people keep coming out and I am sure over a long period time it could change.

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