Kimmel Addresses MJ Legalization At WH Dinner

Apr 29, 2012

— While deliv­er­ing his remarks at the 2012 White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ Din­ner, come­dian Jimmy Kim­mel addressed the issue of mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion. “What is with the mar­i­juana crack­down? Seri­ously, what is the con­cern? We will deplete the nation’s Fun­yun sup­ply?” Kim­mel said. “Pot smok­ers vote too. Some­times a week after the elec­tion, but they vote.” Kim­mel then posed a chal­lenge to the crowd, which was made up of celebri­ties like Kim Kar­dashian and George Clooney. “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 Obama directly. “Mar­i­juana is some­thing that real peo­ple care about,” Kim­mel said. Obama, who recently said he doesn’t “mind a debate” about drug legal­iza­tion, has increased the crack­down on med­ical mar­i­juana pro­duc­ers across the nation, includ­ing a recent high-profile raid on a Cal­i­for­nia train­ing school. He addressed the crack­down and attempted to clar­ify his 2008 com­ments that he was “not going to be using Jus­tice Depart­ment resources to try to cir­cum­vent state laws [on med­ical mar­i­juana]” in a recent inter­view with Rolling Stone: Speak­ing with Rolling Stone, the pres­i­dent tried to explain his orig­i­nal com­ments, claim­ing that the recent pres­sure on dis­pen­saries and providers was in line with his intent. “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.” The pres­i­dent con­tin­ued: “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.” Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Paige Laven­der Pub­lished: April 28, 2012 Copy­right: 2012 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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