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.

    186 responses to “Jimmy Kimmel Confronts President Obama Over Marijuana Legalization”

    1. Raymond says:

      In case any of you pot heads have forgotten MARIJUANA is a smoke and smoking can lead to lung cancer..Count on pot heads to push to legalize some thing that can kill you..

      [Russ responds: Count on the ignorant to visit the NORML Blog and leave uneducated comments. Dr. Tashkin’s 30-year study of marijuana smokers found they not only don’t have an increased risk of head, neck, and lung cancer, and do not have increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema, but they have less risk of cancer than non-smokers.]

    2. Dave says:

      uh huh, so in your opinion, all cigs and cigars should be illegal? cigarette smoke kills more people than anything in this country.

    3. raymond says:

      In case you potheads haven’t realized it yet MARIJUANA is a weed that you smoke and smoking can lead to CANCER..Get your heads out of the clouds of smoke and come down to earth and face reality..

    4. Lessie says:

      I dont understand how they could have smoked it and still insist its sooooo bad. I have been smoking since 1965 and I still love my doobie.. They are just proving to us that our wants and needs do not count. Their narrow minds are what counts to them and thats it. They need to get over themselves and open those ears to what the people want on more then this issue.

    5. Joe says:

      I like how Obama smiled at his jokes, especially when he said you must be smoking some crazy good weed yourself.

    6. Lessie says:

      Oh and Raymond, no sir, there is no proof that Marijuana causes lung cancer. It is the ingredients in tobacco that causes lung cancer and most of those do not exist in Marijuana. I have been smoking for 47 years and my lungs are just fine thank you very much.

    7. JJ says:

      Thanks jimmy for your polite honest and realistic view of this seriously simplistic change that is well overdue

    8. Bryan says:

      Perhaps you have neglected to read the current research regarding marijuana effect on cancer which has shown that the use of the drug helps to fight the disease in humans or you are a right wing finatic who would rather rant then educate yourself on the issue. Kudos to Jimmy Kimmel on his addressing this ridiculous, pointless, prohibition that has gone on too long. Legalize it now !!

    9. ty link says:

      Ok for the stupid commits about lung cancer, you should do ur research before you make that statement, because, you are wrong, cigs, alcohol, and the # 1 killer pharm drugs. Oh and for the nut job that said, law enforcement would lose jobs, well THE USA, houses more non violent criminals than all countries combined, how about we put Congress in jail, so we can all live to be free. Maybe we should jail you for your commit.

    10. PixiDustr says:

      THANK YOU for putting that out there at the dinner table! It’s where a lot of good American Discourse starts!

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