Video: Sure looks like CNN’s reporter was baked during a segment on marijuana

posted at 2:41 pm on January 15, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Gawker, if you can’t watch the whole thing, skip to 4:00 to see why last night Anderson Cooper called this the greatest live hit the show’s ever done. My favorite moment is that big, bright, glassy-eyed smile at 5:15. (Second-favorite: The thoughtful explanation of the difference between sativa and indica.) The question here isn’t whether she’s high — the symptoms she describes are familiar even to non-users (losing her train of thought, finding things unusually funny, etc) — but whether she could have gotten this giggly from a contact high, i.e. from second-hand smoke without taking a hit herself. Answer: Yes, if she was around lots and lots of it. A single joint won’t do much to a bystander; 16 joints might. According to Kaye, she was riding around in the close confines of a limo all day with veteran potheads smoking blunts as big as cannons. Contact-high verdict: Plausible.

To redeem this silly clip, an interesting policy question from Reid Cherlin: If Republicans take back the White House in 2016, will the feds start cracking down on weed in states where it’s legal?

Mark Kleiman, a drug policy expert at UCLA and a prominent reform advocate who helped Washington State put together the regulations for its new marketplace, put it this way: “You could reappoint John Ashcroft as attorney general and people could be going to prison for long terms for things that they’re doing right now.”

It’s not clear yet what a marijuana debate within the GOP would look like: While it might be good politics to get behind an issue that most Americans support, only 37 percent of Republican voters favor legalization, compared with 58 percent overall. Republicans have traditionally stood for law and order, and against the kind of social decay that pot-smoking so handily represents—yet they also stand for states’ rights, minimal government and personal liberty. All of which means that with the next round of states considering legalization initiatives in the next two cycles, candidates, who until now have been able to laugh off questions about legalization, are going to find that they have to talk about it.

Right, but the X factor is federalism. If a new Republican president decided that he didn’t want to get sidetracked with a boutique hot-button issue like this, especially when most of the public’s softening on legalization, he could simply say that he’s deferring to majority will in the individual states for federal enforcement purposes. Local control is usually better, and regulatory clarity — the drug should be either legal or illegal in a jurisdiction, not both as it is now in Colorado — is always better. Federal prosecutions could continue in states where the drug’s illegal, thus appeasing drug warriors, but the DOJ would busy itself with other matters in the few states where it’s not. A Gallup poll taken in December 2012 found that 64 percent thought the feds should back off in states where the drug is legal; even among people who oppose legalizing weed, 43 percent nonetheless said the feds should defer to the states. A Republican wouldn’t have much trouble selling a “follow the states” compromise on enforcement to his base, I suspect. Especially if he’s eager to lure more young voters to the party.


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So, like, is anyone really surprised?

The debauchery of the left continues to slide down…… somewhere close the the burning hot center of the Earth.

….actually (as I think of it) that’s exactly where they belong. *evil grin*

avagreen on January 15, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Now put her on a tower welding critical joints.
Boom-time for drug free laborers and tradesman.
Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

EVERY argument against weed applies to booze, even this lame sarcastic one, which isn’t even an argument.

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:37 PM

….actually (as I think of it) that’s exactly where they belong. *evil grin* avagreen on January 15, 2014 at 6:34 PM

So funny. You mean because they’re drinking beer?

Oh no, more sarcasm! You got me too! So funny! I mean stoopit!

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

EVERY argument against weed applies to booze

Except this one:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000952.htm

RobertMN on January 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

There is no valid / logical comparison between beer/alcohol and the still federally prohibited narcotic, Marijuana.

TX-96 on January 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM

So funny. You mean because they’re drinking beer?
Oh no, more sarcasm! You got me too! So funny! I mean stoopit!
Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Could you please not clutter the comment section with your lame little pointless retorts? This isn’t a high school chat room. If you have something substantive to say about the topic, then great. Otherwise, please refrain from the rude, sarcastic back and forth that the rest of us have to scroll over to find worthwhile comments.

bluegill on January 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM

EVERY argument against weed applies to booze

Except this one: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000952.htm RobertMN on January 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Oh I see… if someone poisons my booze, ban booze!

Yer a jeenyis!

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Could you please not clutter the comment section with your lame little pointless retorts? This isn’t a high school chat room. If you have something substantive to say about the topic, then great. Otherwise, please refrain from the rude, sarcastic back and forth that the rest of us have to scroll over to find worthwhile comments. bluegill on January 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM

“Fart”

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:52 PM

We just really need another Ham/ORielly debate. (The genius duo)

mobydutch on January 15, 2014 at 6:52 PM

BLUEGILL WARNING: SCROLL OVER THIS COMMENT.

Hey everybody, bluegill just told us how highbrow he is. So watch it!

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Why do people need to talk about pot all the time? I mean it’s like AP has to prove he’s with it or something. It’s like in high school, everyone had to talk about beer every day. “Yeah, ok.. Right. Beer again, huh? Uh huh. Yes, beer. That’s right, it gets one drunk. Wow. Still amazed, eh? Oh it’s the cool thing to do. Got it.” Yawn…

Dongemaharu on January 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM

BLUEGILL WARNING: SCROLL OVER ME!

Dongemaharu on January 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM

You see, there’s this state out west, a BIG one, named Colorado. First off, it’s not Colo-RAH-do, it’s Colo-RAD-o, see?

Anyhow, they just legalized sparkin jays out there! Way! Hell yeah! So it’s been in like, the news and all.

The thing is though, if you don’t want to read about it or discuss it, just avoid clicking on the links to the headlines that mention it.

No really! That’s all you have to do. Or not do, you know.

I know you read this bluegill, you sneaky lil bugger!

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 7:02 PM

First time for everything…auto-refresh ate my response to you akzed.

EVERY argument against weed applies to booze, even this lame sarcastic one, which isn’t even an argument.

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I’m not for prohibition of MJ, but let’s not pretend that labor and tradesjobs are exempt from drug screening.

Booze is out of your system by morning more or less, but if you get popped for a piss test, its over.

I know lots of people in different fields that responsibly use MJ.

Like I said, Drug-Free laborers and tradesman who can pass a background check will have opportunity in CO, and elsewhere MJ is legal.

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Then potheads fail the drug test, so long as it’s legal to test for legal substances.

But it’s as wrong to drink at work as to toke.

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Whoah, looks like I bothered one of the cool kids. Where else would I lament the if-you-can’t-beat-’em-join’em mentality of Republicans regarding drugs these days? In a Syria post? Are you feelin’ ok?

Dongemaharu on January 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Or is this like gay rights–we who don’t wish it shoved down our throats have to shut up and sit in a corner now and suffer?
Vanceone on January 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Hehehehehehe – duuuude – you said “gay rights shoved down our throats”….hehehehehehe
Sorry – pot thread – I couldn’t help it.
But really – did you intentionally say that?

dentarthurdent on January 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

BLUEGILL WARNING: SCROLL OVER THIS COMMENT.

Hey everybody, bluegill just told us how highbrow he is. So watch it!

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:54 PM

…bluegill…is a girrrrrrrllll!.
…………….sheeeeee!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 7:38 PM

This makes me sick…What are you gonna promote next CNN? Cocaine? Maybe some meth?

sadsushi on January 15, 2014 at 7:41 PM

This makes me sick…What are you gonna promote next CNN? Cocaine? Maybe some meth?

sadsushi on January 15, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Cocaine is next, without a doubt. I predict a cocaine initiative on the ballot of either Colorado or California by 2016. If it fails, there will be a court challenge insisting that cocaine is no more dangerous than marijuana.

Remember, you heard it here first!

AJsDaddie on January 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Anderson blooper talked about his grandmother’s va Jay jay on national TV.

Fluffin psycho.

SparkPlug on January 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Its unclear why employers should be able to fire people who smoked pot up to 30 days before a drug test. It is possible to do a blood test for active THC, that’s all employers should be able to screen for. Aren’t tradespeople allowed to work hungover? How is that not “impaired” but having smoked a joint over the weekend is a reason to lose your job? Makes no sense.

libfreeordie on January 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

lightupordie and the grandma in the vid are the best examples against using pot.

HellCat on January 15, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Cocaine is next, without a doubt. I predict a cocaine initiative on the ballot of either Colorado or California by 2016. If it fails, there will be a court challenge insisting that cocaine is no more dangerous than marijuana.

Remember, you heard it here first!

AJsDaddie on January 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Meh. I’ve done mountains of cocaine. Never understood the appeal. It turns everyone into used car salesmen. The types of people that hooked on these dumb things have problems to begin with. I only did meth once. It was like a really cheap, harsh speed. Totally forgettable.

I’d really like to see coca leaves legalized though. It’s like espresso, only with a mild euphoric sensation. I mean, c’mon, they’re friggin leaves.

WhatSlushfund on January 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM

If only CNN ratings were as high as their reporters!

That glassy-eyed look reminded me of Nancy Pelosi in her lucid moments.

Not sure what the left really wants from all this pot legalization pseudo controversy – are they running out of things to tweak conservatives over? This one isn’t working because we don’t care if lefties want to smoke themselves to oblivion – just do it quickly, please.

virgo on January 15, 2014 at 11:28 PM

libfreeordie on January 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Funny how an employer shouldn’t be able to fire someone for what they do on their own time, but people like this feel the need to intrude on the decisions an employer makes regarding their employees. Something lib will never understand.

JAGonzo on January 15, 2014 at 11:43 PM

I am also kind of torn. I believe people should be free to do what they want to themselves. This includes drug use. People should also be free to rent apartments to whom ever they choose. Provide employment. Sell products. Provide services. If you choose to smoke crack. An employer can choose to hire/fire/deny employment to you. I also understand the need for maintaining social order. I dunno. This is quite the conundrum.

JAGonzo on January 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Employers should be able to fire republicans, but not pot smokers. Thats freedom! -progressives.

Mormontheman on January 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Meh. I’ve done mountains of cocaine. Never understood the appeal. It turns everyone into used car salesmen. The types of people that hooked on these dumb things have problems to begin with. I only did meth once. It was like a really cheap, harsh speed. Totally forgettable.

I’d really like to see coca leaves legalized though. It’s like espresso, only with a mild euphoric sensation. I mean, c’mon, they’re friggin leaves.

WhatSlushfund on January 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Seriously. We should have access to tinctures of cocaine to use for weight loss.

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Phil Robertson Fired!
Do you agree?

tlynch001 on January 16, 2014 at 12:19 AM

EVERY argument against weed applies to booze

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Ever see a reporter get drunk by being near people who were drinking?

Ronnie on January 16, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Alcohol is much more dangerous than pot. I know this from years of intensive field studies. Furthermore I have to agree with libbie about testing; it’s fundamentally unfair.

claudius on January 16, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Furthermore I have to agree with libbie about testing; it’s fundamentally unfair.

claudius on January 16, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Oh is pothead a protected class now? How about I hire the people I want to hire, and you butt out?

Ronnie on January 16, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Oh is pothead a protected class now? How about I hire the people I want to hire, and you butt out?

Ronnie on January 16, 2014 at 1:19 AM

If you want to hire some schmucks it’s aright by me. Hire the schmucks!

claudius on January 16, 2014 at 1:28 AM

If you want to hire some schmucks it’s aright by me. Hire the schmucks!

claudius on January 16, 2014 at 1:28 AM

And moments ago it was fundamentally unfair. Make up your mind, schmuck.

Ronnie on January 16, 2014 at 1:31 AM

And moments ago it was fundamentally unfair. Make up your mind, schmuck.

Ronnie on January 16, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Oh it is fundamentally wrong, but it’s America where if you want to be a schmuck you can be the schmuck you want to be and hire schmucks to do your biding.

claudius on January 16, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Oh it is fundamentally wrong, but it’s America where if you want to be a schmuck you can be the schmuck you want to be and hire schmucks to do your biding.

claudius on January 16, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Ok, you think it’s fundamentally wrong and it’s alright by you. Yup. This is a pot thread.

Ronnie on January 16, 2014 at 1:47 AM

libfreeordie on January 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Ain’t life a b!tch?

My business…my rules.
Don’t like my rules? Take a hike.
Find another job.

Solaratov on January 16, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Marijuana is legal for retail sale in Colorado while fresh cow’s milk is illegal. http://www.realrawmilkfacts.com/raw-milk-regulations/state/colorado

The demoralization of this country is now almost complete.

NeverLiberal on January 16, 2014 at 2:05 AM

It is possible to do a blood test for active THC

libfreeordie on January 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Link?

So we can thank the godless sodomite for blood tests fro drugs on jobsites.

Pretty awesome really.

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 2:06 AM

fro=for…

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 2:07 AM

Meh. I’ve done mountains of cocaine. Never understood the appeal.

WhatSlushfund on January 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Cocaine’s For Horses

Not For Men

They Tell Me It’ll Kill Me

But They Won’t Say When

JohnGalt23 on January 16, 2014 at 3:02 AM

Weeeeeeed!!!!!!!

blatantblue on January 16, 2014 at 8:09 AM

I am also kind of torn. I believe people should be free to do what they want to themselves. This includes drug use. People should also be free to rent apartments to whom ever they choose. Provide employment. Sell products. Provide services. If you choose to smoke crack. An employer can choose to hire/fire/deny employment to you. I also understand the need for maintaining social order. I dunno. This is quite the conundrum.

JAGonzo on January 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

No conundrum at all. It’s called “personal responsibility.” Liberty implies responsibility. Freedom does not. The libertarian (small L) stance on all this is that government should not meddle in the personal lives of its citizens, but that said citizens bear the responsibility (and the consequences) of their actions, both under the law and outside of it. So, if you smoke a joint and get fired for it, you bear the responsibility, just as the employer is free to exercise its policies regarding drug/alcohol use on the job (and suffer the consequences of having one fewer employee). And if they don’t, they suffer the consequences and accept the responsibility for whatever issues arise from a buzzed employee.

falcon on January 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

falcon on January 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

What do you think about drug use with relation to crime? Committing an assault while on cocaine or auto accidents while stoned? Should it be relevant?

JAGonzo on January 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

There is no valid / logical comparison between beer/alcohol and the still federally prohibited narcotic, Marijuana.

TX-96 on January 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Totally agree. A stroll down Memory Lane of the things I witnessed during the college years:

Alcohol

- Lost a few aquaintances in traffic accidents.
- Saw jealous boyfriend smash girlfriend’s windshield.
- Grandmother killed violently by a drunk.
- Niece followed home by drunks from an outdoor event.
- Barfights galore.
- A few friends and relatives suffering extreme alcoholism.

Weed

- Blacklight Zep poster caught on fire.
- Wore a groove into the vinyl LP on the Barracuda track.
- Semi-critical thinking of the origins of the universe.

Tsar of Earth on January 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

I miss Western Civilization.

morganfrost on January 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Is the old lady a glimpse into Ham’s future?

Wade on January 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM

What do you think about drug use with relation to crime? Committing an assault while on cocaine or auto accidents while stoned? Should it be relevant?

JAGonzo on January 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

How bad could a car accident with a pothead be – when they drive, like, 5 mph and think they’re flying down the road?
;)

dentarthurdent on January 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM

How bad could a car accident with a pothead be – when they drive, like, 5 mph and think they’re flying down the road?
;)

dentarthurdent on January 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Like 80 year olds in Florida driving with blinker on at 6am to get a park bench and BS about the great crap they had last night and how many pills they take.

Wade on January 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Like 80 year olds in Florida driving with blinker on at 6am to get a park bench and BS about the great crap they had last night and how many pills they take.

Wade on January 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

And they always insist on holding up the left lane….

dentarthurdent on January 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM

“Barbara Harvey does not fit the ‘stereotype.’ She’s 72 years old, a grandmother, and she LOVES to smoke pot. So today … is a dream come true . . . . . . . .

Randi Kaye, CNN News

.
What ? ! … What d’ya’ mean “doesn’t fit the stereotype” ?

She’s among the earliest “hippies”; 20 years old in 1972.

I’d call her a “classic.”

listens2glenn on January 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I have a friend who has a medical card that allows him to receive medical marijuana in California.

When I asked him what medical excuse did he give them to apply, he said he couldn’t remember. :-)

itsspideyman on January 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Marijuana is legal for retail sale in Colorado while fresh cow’s milk is illegal. http://www.realrawmilkfacts.com/raw-milk-regulations/state/colorado

The demoralization of this country is now almost complete.

NeverLiberal on January 16, 2014 at 2:05 AM

What isn’t illegal is compulsory.

What is illegal isn’t compulsory.

This is the mindset of the statist left.

Chaz706 on January 16, 2014 at 4:18 PM

And they always insist on holding up the left lane….

dentarthurdent on January 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM

True. Must be because they can see far enough to see the passenger side of the Cadillac or Buick.

Wade on January 16, 2014 at 4:36 PM

She’s among the earliest “hippies”; 20 years old in 1972.

I’d call her a “classic.”

listens2glenn on January 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

20 yrs. old in 1961 or 1962 – a classic 60′s wanna be.

Wade on January 16, 2014 at 4:41 PM

What ? ! … What d’ya’ mean “doesn’t fit the stereotype” ?

She’s among the earliest “hippies”; 20 years old in 1972.

I’d call her a “classic.”

listens2glenn on January 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Yeah, Glenda’s proven in the past that he wasn’t paying attention in geology, biology, chemistry and astronomy classes; Now I guess we can add math to that list as well.

Bandit13 on January 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

OMG, seriously, are there ANY grown-ups left? LOL. Woman gets a contact high just from riding around in a car, and that’s supposed to be funny. So, what happens to the kids at home when the parents are toking? So, are we going to have progressives complaining about second-hand pot smoke, as they do for the evil tobacco? Probably not.

When I smoked in college in the 80′s I loved it. Smoked every day, and got into many other type of drugs. Many of us did, and many more will, now that it has been made “respectable”. If you’re doing one, why not try another? Barely graduated college, but I was able to salvage a pretty nice IT career once I got into the real world and got clean and sober. Hey, but we were 20 years old, LOL. I’ve been clean and sober almost 30 years now, and have been out of that scene, and out of touch. So, I cant believe all of these grown adults who are so moved to smoke pot – it’s almost like a religion with them.

Sorry, just felt like ranting!

gxpgxp on January 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM

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