Great Cannabis Debates in Mainstream TV Media
There have been some great debates about cannabis and drug legalization in the mainstream television media in the last few weeks. Here are two.
First I saw this fantastic, hour-long segment on FOX News with host John Stossel, who never ceases to amaze me with his broadcasting style. He has a great way of breaking complicated subjects down to regular people in a no-bullshit way that sounds like good common sense. Check it out.
ABC's Nightline ran an awesome segment featuring a quick-witted Allen St. Pierre debating an astounding moron named Brian Darling, Director of the United States Senate Relations at the Heritage Institute.
St. Pierre had a great opening line in response to Darling, who was asked to speak first and vomited stream of lies about the dangers of marijuana. St. Pierre:
I'm 44 years old; I occasionally smoke marijuana. The idea that the government would violently interact with me in the privacy of my home in a country where tobacco is legal and kills 400,000 people, a country where alcohol is legal, a country where thousands of pharmaceutical drugs are available by a doctors recommendation - how much possible sense does it make that in 2010 we are in our 73rd year of marijuana prohibition. Alcohol prohibition was an abject failure; marijuana prohibition at the 73-year mark is an outrage!
He wipes the floor with the guy for the whole segment and even the host was calling out Darling's bullshit. Loved it.