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bullet image Thank you Jimmy Kimmel! Jimmy Kimmel Addresses Marijuana Legalization At White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2012

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

Few hands went up.

Noting the crowd’s reaction, Kimmel addressed President Barack Obama directly.

“Marijuana is something that real people care about,” Kimmel said.


bullet image New York Times editorial: The Human Cost of Zero Tolerance

New York City’s overly zealous marijuana arrests, coupled with the unreliability and porousness of record-keeping, damage the lives of tens of thousands of people a year. The Legislature needs to fix this. It must drop the public-display distinction for marijuana, which invites far too many abuses. It should also press law enforcement officials and the court system to make sure that criminal records are more accurate to start with and that people who are victimized by errors have a plausible way of getting them corrected.

Employers and government agencies also have a responsibility here. They must not rush to their own judgment about minor offenders.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg needs to recognize that zero-tolerance policing is not the panacea his Police Department seems to think it is. The police need to spend more time tracking down serious crime and less on minor offenses. There is nothing minor about a record that can follow people for the rest of their lives.


bullet image Who Still Supports the Drug War? by Republican Precinct Committeeman Chris Ladd.

You won’t find a single major political figure willing to discuss a serious, well-considered plan to advance beyond absolute federal prohibition. At the same time, you have to look long and hard to find anyone who genuinely thinks prohibition is a good idea.

In the absence of a real plan to evaluate the public is left in the lurch. Prohibition is feeding monsters. […]

The cost of our inertia is growing. Our fears of broader marijuana use under looser regulation should be tempered by the escalating damage from our current policy. It’s time to find a sensible alternative to prohibition.

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15 comments to Odds and Ends

  • Stem and Hempy

    The privatized prison companies still support the drug war. Rough and tough rear echelon desk jockeys in XXXXL SWAT gear still support the drug war. Law and order freaks with SS uniforms hidden in their closet still support the drug war.

  • All lies emanate from the stool sculpture deity cult.

    The economic terrorists printing the currency are the enemies of Truth and all the zionazi psychophant cult members join in promoting nation raping and the agenda of global hegemony for the terrorists who manufactured the lies claiming over 300 million lives in the last century.

    Really, can a plant that has so many useful benefits be our enemy, and not the Truth hating terrorists who operate a crackhouse called Congress ?

    Just who is offended by thought crimes ? ?

  • Plant Down Babylon

    I personally think that Jimmy Kimmel bit was one of the best things i’ve ever seen.

    Way to call out the president on this issue! The room was 99% no hands raised!! Talk about that being the demographic for a majority of the country.

    I would LOVE to know what Obummer was thinking. How obvious is it he’s a pawn for pHARMa.

    I feel like i should send Jimmy some Chronic for a very brave political act. Even made HuffPo’s front page for a couple of hours.

    This one act just knocked MANY bricks from the wall.
    WAY TO GO Jimmy!!

  • Tony Aroma

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

    He should have followed that up with, “You’ve all just confessed to a federal crime. DEA agents will be waiting for you at the door as you leave.”

    • Francis

      I love it! If I can add to your suggestion, I might have then said: “Mr. President, I couldn’t help but notice that your hand didn’t go up. But rest assured, we’re all confident that Vice President Biden will do a great job of running the country in your absence.” (That one’s funny for at least two reasons.)

      BTW, what did everyone think of the reaction shots of Obama? I thought he looked a little uncomfortable. It seems to me that the joke puts him in a difficult spot. He can’t not smile and laugh, because then it looks like he can’t “take a joke” (which Americans hate). Plus, if his reaction is too cold, that makes it more likely that the reaction itself becomes a story, giving the joke wider exposure (which he obviously doesn’t want). On the other hand, he can’t laugh too hard, because then it looks like he agrees that cannabis prohibition is a joke. He obviously doesn’t want that either because he’s, you know, currently using that “joke” to destroy people’s lives. Very tricky.

      • Duncan20903

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        I’m willing to bet that Mr. Kimmel gets busted before the end of May. Anyone want to take the other side of the bet?

        [sigh] Poor, poor cynical me.

  • Hey folks, I’d like to invite you all to another installment of “Kids Say the Darndest Things!”

    http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/index.php/article/2012/04/recreational_marijuana_smoking_unimportant_should_remain_illegal

    Have at it!

    • darkcycle

      Showing zero comments, pfroe, they’re not lettin’ ’em through.

      • Duncan20903

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        Check your browser settings DC I see 15 comments.

        But you know, I just don’t see the sport in beating up hall monitors anymore. Student produced anti-drugs screeds are so banal. Danielle’s fellow students will likely take care of that anyway.

  • Duncan20903

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    Remember boys and girls, if you grow pot in your home it’s not a good idea to dispose of unwanted plant parts by burning them.

    School teacher, husband arrested in marijuana grow house bust

    But talk about piling on charges, our rocket scientist growers in the story are charged with tampering with evidence for burning their waste product.

    • darkcycle

      If you do decide you must burn them, better be damn sure that you have a fire hot enough to pyrolyze the smoke…that’s at least 800 degrees f. and firmly in wood stove territory. Your average fireplace ain’t gettin’ there.

  • bob

    What Jimmy Kimmel said went in one of Obamas ears and out his ass.

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