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. Joe Thinnes says:

      Mr.President,You know the dept that we are in and you also know how bad the pill problem is why not make medical marijuana tax card for $100.00 a year and get this country back on it’s feet.America is the ONLY country that imprisons more of their own people than any other country in the world for the smallest offences.Dr’s,Lawyers,business men and women,Congress men and women and past President’s have used pot it is just a way to screw the people out of their hard earned money due to the law..

    2. Jared says:

      Thank you Raymond. While you’re at it, please explain why cigarettes are legal? And for that matter why the shotty air in city is legal? Thanks again, you’re a big help.

    3. F. Goodman says:

      Raymond, i understand you are just an ‘internet troll’ but so we do not spread any misinformation, there has never been any study linking cannabis smoke to cancer.
      I understand your views they seem logical, smoke must be bad, there are several other ways to ingest cannabis such as using a vaporizer(which creates no toxins) or cooking and eating the cannabis.
      Actually there are very little toxins whatsoever in the cannabis plant, this is why no matter what you can never die from consuming it.
      If you eat about 6-10 pounds of raw potatoes, you will get sick and die. I doubt you endorse banning or making illegal potatoes.
      Even the breathing process itself creates free radicals in your body, if antioxidants in your system do not deal with these free radicals they could mutate into cancer cells.
      Even breathing clean air could potentially lead to a scenario it will be the end of your life.
      Good luck and take care.

    4. Les V says:

      For the record, no deaths have been attributed to marijuana, so any “dangerous drug” paranoia is irrelevant. In parts of Europe where drug use is decriminalized, drug use has actually gone down.

    5. JJ says:

      Raymound your defense is seriously out dated it is like when your mama said don’t make that face it will stay like that sometimes ignorant stuck up air heads drive me nut when they open their mouths but then I remeber thats why I love freedom of speech

    6. LibertyJo says:

      Jimmy wouldn’t have to explain this concept to Ron Paul…

    7. jakob says:

      Raymond, you need to check your facts because cannabis has been proven to kill cancerous cells, not cause it. in addition, no one has ever died from cannabis.

      what about cigarettes, alcohol, prescription pills? Those are all legal and actually kill thousands of people yearly.

      Do some research before spreading misinformed garbage. Ignorant ass.

    8. Deanna says:

      Actually MARIJUANA is a plant… Which can be made into a vapor or oil & yes, also a smoke.

    9. F. Goodman says:

      It is a tragedy that the government continues to wage war against the citizens of the United States in the War against cannabis.
      It is a extremely beneficial plant that many hard working adults choose to partake in for various personal reasons.
      Sadly i believe this plant will never be legalized, truthfully i do not ever see it even being open for honest debate.
      My faith in humanity grows weaker by the hour…
      Thank you Mr. Kimmel and all who believe in believe in the people.

    10. jakob says:

      Raymond, you need to check your facts because cannabis has been proven to kill cancerous cells, not cause it. in addition, no one has ever died from cannabis.

      what about cigarettes, alcohol, prescription pills? Those are all legal

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