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.