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Jimmy Kimmel Talks Pot Legalization at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was not just all a barrel of laughs this year as some celebrities decided to address serious issues facing the country. Jimmy Kimmel was one of those speakers, raising the issue of legalizing marijuana.

Speaking to the crowd Kimmel said,

“What is with the marijuana crackdown? Seriously, what is the concern? We will deplete the nation’s Funyun supply?. Pot smokers vote too. Sometimes a week after the election, but they vote.”

Looking out at a crowd that included Reese Witherspoon and Kim Kardashian he asked the crowd,

“I would like everyone in this room to raise your hand if you’ve never smoked pot,”

There were very few takers to publicly admit to illegal drug use in the crowd as there were just a few hands in the air.

Seeing the crowd’s unwillingness to back him up he turned to President Obama and made a direct plea.

Kimmel said to President Obama,

“Marijuana is something that real people care about,”

President Obama recently said that he didn’t mind an open debate about drug legalization. During the 2008 campaign he said he was not going to use the Justice Department to go after Medical Marijuana users, but they have recently gotten involved in some high profile raids including one on a major medical marijuana growing school.

In a recent article he clarified his position on the raids while speaking to Rolling Stone. He said,

“What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana,” Obama said. “I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana — and the reason is, because it’s against federal law. I can’t nullify congressional law. I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, ‘Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.’ What I can say is, ‘Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.’ As a consequence, there haven’t been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes.”

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16 Responses to “Jimmy Kimmel Talks Pot Legalization at White House Correspondents’ Dinner”

  1. Anonymous

    The crowd DID back Jimmy up. He asked who has never smoked pot and very few hands were raised. Honest mistake or are you trying to put a spin on this?

  2. Joseph Tolman

    Everyone knows marijuana has medical uses. The government maintains that it is illegal because it has no medical use. Where is the grey area here America? How is our government allowed to wage war on us based on a lie? This is nothing short of complete tyranny, TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.

  3. Malcolm Kyle

    We all noticed that too! – So what's the game Mr Scott?

    When Bill Clinton took office in January 1993, the violent crack epidemic of the late 1980s was already subsiding, the prison population – local, state and federal – was about 1.3 million. When Clinton left office, that number had ballooned to over 2 million – giving us the World's highest rate of incarceration.

    “(12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that –
    (A) is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and
    (B) has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;”

    It was Joe Biden (yes our current Democrat VP) who authored this act, who wrote those words, and then pushed this abhorrent law through congress. This also created the ONDCP, the position of “drug czar” – and the mandate to lie with impunity to the citizens of the United States.

  4. Gary Young

    They take our money and spend it in ways to create policies against us , and spend our money for a lot of things we absolutely do not want or need …and they represent the people they say.

  5. Dashiell Henry Holcomb

    Mr. English, you need to reread Mr. Kimmel's question to the crowd and consider updating your story.

  6. Deborah Lawrence Hale

    You are confused. When Jimmy Kimmel asked people to raise their hands he did use the words you have quoted. When very few people raised those hands, they were admitting to NEVER smoking pot. Responding to Jimmy's question, the people who kept their hands down WERE admitting to smoking pot. I would have shared your story but a mistake like that is to obvious to re-post.

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  8. Deborah South

    They may state that it has no medicinal qualities but yet the government still supplies medical cannabis to a select few. That's out government, left hand don't know what the right hand is doing and no body knows what is really going on.