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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. Trillseek3r says:

      It will never be legalized for so many reasons. I wish people would just drop the subject and move on with life. Do you think that Obama would ever do anything to jeopardize this upcoming election? RON PAUL is our only REAL hope to ever change that. Too bad he has no chance in hell of ever winning. BEAUSE OF YOU AMERICA!!! There’s are so many blue collar, redneck, christian extremist to ever get it done. So just say fuck it and blaze one!!

      [Editor’s note: Your correct that Ron Paul will never be elected president, but you’re incorrect that cannabis will always be prohibited. Current polling data indicates 50% of the U.S. public support legalization and by 2021, according to NYT stats and polling guru Nate Silver, 60% of the public will want legalization.

      Cannabis freedom exists for those who want and pursue it…Legalization or bust!]

    2. @Trillseek3r

      Never say never, friend.

    3. Evening Bud says:

      Trillseek3r, my friend,

      You gotta have a little faith and patience. Legalization isn’t gonna happen overnight. I’ve had to live thru this prohibition for over 35 years; a few more won’t hurt me.

      Like the editor replied to you, polling shows that the U.S. public is slowly but invariably changing for the better. Back in the early ’70s, when I first started partaking, only some 20-30% supported legalization. I never gave up hope, even back then, so I implore you to not give up hope now that we’ve gotten so close.

      Don’t forget, we’ve only had one vote in our history to legalize, in Calif (last year?), and we barely lost (thanks in part to libertarian, every-man-for-himself back-stabbers).

    4. Ricky says:

      @evening bud…Hope washington and colorado can change that in November!

    5. JD88 says:

      Trillseek3r, I have watched the opinion of people change vastly is the past decade since I started using cannabis. If things keep progressing as they have been, it will be legalized within 5-10 years.

    6. wbs 101 says:

      Trillseek3r either you are a troll or a fool. Even if it is not in our lifetime all things end. Marijuana prohibition has an expiration date and I think it will be sooner than you think. You just feel it won’t end because you watch crap like Fox news. Many of these news organizations report in a way to make it seem like we are losing at a war that will never end. Every war ends and it should be obvious who will win because cannabis consumers are not ever going away. Even Pat Robertson has endorsed decriminalization and it seems the only ones keeping prohibition alive is the DEA, our government, and businesses that profit off prohibition. Such a big lie can only be kept afloat so long and the clock is ticking.

    7. Initiative #40
      “No tickets, fines or imprisonment for hemp or cannabis alive or dead on your person, property or vehicle’
      This will be on the ballot in Nov, 2012 if we get enough signatures by July 18th. We need registered voters to sign. We desperately need donations for more petitions. Please help if you can. Go to the website or facebook page to see how we can make this happen. It will be amended to the CONSTITUTION of the state of Colorado.
      Thank Michelle LaMay of Cannabis University for writing this initiative!!!You must be REGISTERED to VOTE!!! http://www.leg.state.co.us

      http://www.relief4cannabis.webs.com
      or

      Go to:Colorado Relief for Possession of Cannabis Act 2012 ;

    8. potzalot420 says:

      trillseek3r: there are many reasons to beleive what you say can be but only part or the way plausible, the only thing that is keeping me from believing that is the fact that unlike an acual drug you there has been no deaths recorded for overdose on pot. if alcohol and tobacco (whitch are also concidered a drug) are legal then i see no harm in makeing this fine herb a legel one, i mean there are so many thousands of deaths from alcohol and tobacco alone that it might be good to get someones head straight and get on the right track of mind if ya know what i mean. i say put a tax on that shit if ya have to, fire one up and let the good times role!

    9. I wish says:

      It is so sad that such a beautiful plant is hated so much. I truly hope it will be legalized, but I think politicians are too stupid and afraid to swallow their pride

    10. Chris says:

      This is fantasic, that someone had the balls to confront the Pres in person and so public. You can bet your last dollor the Pres listened to Jimmys words. Today we have Nancy P. publicly asking congress for changes in marijuana policy. Trillseek3r, “hang in there son, hang in there”, It’s a lot closer than you think>>>

      Peace & Danks

    11. New Writer of the Purple Rage says:

      I suggest the term “re-legalize” since it was legal in the U.S until 1937. Just like alcohol it was once legal, then illegal, and soon we hope legal again like alcohol. How incredibly sad and ill-advised for Pres. Obama to renege on his campaign promise to ease up on med. marijuana states like CA. Hammer a significant part of his base? Is he nuts? Who is advising him? The Repubs act like the Tea Party and NRA are angels from God and they don’t give a damn what you or I think. Obama thinks hammering US (!?) will somehow make the right-wing extremists love him?? Taking out Oaksterdam and Mr. Lee in Oakland, CA was a terrible thing and puts Obama on the wrong side of history. Very sad. We can’t let Romney win by default, but this stinks. Go for the violent, unethical folks and you might get some sympathy, but these fools are closing dispensaries in California and folks are angry.

    12. jshnal1985 says:

      Ron Paul!!!!!

    13. Michele Gray says:

      President Obama those people are waiting for a President that knows real people!

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    16. kevin says:

      blue collar, redneck, christian extremist persons smoke marijuana, too.

    17. stinkycolas says:

      So 2021 like when the mass majority of the current 55yr+ with old time views die? and the rest have woken up a little more?

    18. Bob says:

      OK folks its time to make a stand.

      The only thing that can get things done is money and votes. Most of us have voting rights, some have money. Email this message to your elected officials and stand firm. Also send to like minded friends and family:

      To the President, Members of the US Congress, State and local elected officials:

      Criminal marijuana prohibition is a failure. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965 with over 800,000 arrests in 2010. The problem is getting worse – not because of the benign plant, but because of the obsolete laws. The time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.

      I can no longer vote for elected officials that support the the current laws. I have decided not to vote for any politician that does not publicly support the removal of all penalties for the private possession and responsible use of marijuana by adults, including cultivation for personal use, and casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts.

      Signed

      Voting Citizen
      & Member of the Movement

    19. Olivia Newton says:

      Why is this stuff illegal! They need to legalize this so people can take this withouth feeling like criminals or outcasts of society!

    20. my reasons says:

      well even if it done get legalized.. u can still find weed in your local corners… even online …

    21. GoodDay2YouSir says:

      I’m frustrated with the speed that Governments run at to change things in peoples favor for the good. Horrified at the speed that Governments can change things in their favor for the bad. We need to change our whole system not just dissolve one law at a time.

    22. Anonymous says:

      Until all of you fucking meth heads and heroin addicts stop using, they will NEVER legalize marijuana. Marijuana sales are what funds and keeps the real drug criminals in business. So they have to crack down on pot to stop the larger problems.

    23. Steve-O says:

      I don’t care, really… I’m gonna smoke it either way…

    24. Steve-O says:

      Hell on for tha weeeeeed!!

    25. Anonymous says:

      Legalization of recreational use has passed in Colorado & Washington!

    26. Anonymous says:

      Obama is the biggest piece of shit. I hope I get one 50cal n a clear view

    27. Herb Burns says:

      Thr are still states where fathers have no rights to see thr children. If parents split, a mother has absolutely no legal obligation to let the father vista, speak to or see his kids. You think this country will ever fully legalize or decriminalize pot? Your all too high. States take too much pride in locking up people for possessing, growing and selling trees. Proof? Watch how happy these ass holes are when they talk about the busts or raids on homes for pot. Thr happier than pigs in shit. Cops wouldn’t be busting, writing tickets for herb & para. I got a $300 ticket in Texas for a oneie and they destroyed my car looking for weed. If cops were at all on the same page w legalizing weed, they wouldnt arrest, ticket and destroy lives every chance they had over it. They could just look the other way or let it slide. I got 2-5 years & charged w a 2nd degree felony in 2000, for having 23grams of pot, because I was busted within 200 yards of a school. Never been in any trouble before. It’s ruined my life! When are you seriously not within 200 yards of a school, daycare or church? Free country my ass

    28. Herb Burns says:

      I’m in Cincinnati if anyone thinks they can get that 2nd degree felony off my record. It still haunts me to this day. I’m 35 now and get pulled over immediately and asked to search my car , when an officer runs my plates. All they see is a felon who possessed pot 13 yrs ago. They want to search my car, be disrespectful and treat me Like a murderer. I was housed w rapists, pedophiles, armed robbers & the most violent people in the prison that didn’t happen to kill thr victims. If anyone wants to hear what happened to me in Texas 2 yrs ago, when I got that $300 ticket for a onie, just let me know. It was a 31/2 hour long nightmare & all because of that felony for 23g of weed 13 years ago.

    29. Cameron Stephen Everett says:

      Pot…there are so many haters..here is the way I see it, if pot was legalized could you guys imagine tax rates it would be off the roof legalizing weed is not onley good for our benefits but aswell as the governments if our country wanted out of depth they would have legalized years ago we would be better of..it has been proven to be worse then cigs or booze don’t believe me google it..my favorite quote for you assholes who decline my option ” weed is a plant that grows in the ground if god didn’t want it it wouldn’t be around so all you tuckered that don’t get high shut the fuck up and give it a try..no one has the right to judge with out trying it!!!

    30. cathy rowe says:

      Ever hear if the snow ball effect? Legalization is closer than u think. Thank u Colorado & Washington state.

    31. piff master says:

      Its time for the world to WAKE UP and LEGALIZE. I am now a convicted felon for possession and intent to distribute, I only had one fucking plant I had no plans of selling anything.
      I was sentenced to 6 month’s imprisonment 250 hours community service and a 2,000 dollar fine im fed up with the idiotcrasy they call the justice system

    32. meho says:

      And gay will never be allowed to marry either. Remember that? See what presidents do when they find themselve in hotwater? They through us a bone. Sad thing is what are they going to do when they run out of bones and permission slips???

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