Check out last night’s Daily Show in which they discuss a few marijuana related issues. The first segment involves Jon Stewart discussing how the Republican-controlled New York state senate killed Governor Cuomo’s proposed marijuana legislation, and how Governor Christie is threatening similar action in New Jersey.
The second segment titled, “The Highest Office”, with Wyatt Cenac (seen below) addresses The Obama administration’s hypocrisy when it comes to marijuana policy (especially considering Obama’s past). Cenac interviews presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, who says that “a rebellious streak in a potential president is a very healthy thing.” When asked about Obama’s hypocrisy towards marijuana, Goodwin says, “you’re in a very different position once your president versus a teenager who’s enjoying a weed.”
Cenac goes on to address a panel of “young and not-so young potential presidents all boasting a healthy rebellious streak” (including High Times’ Rick Cusick and others). After interviewing them, Cenac determines that they are hopeless and don’t have what it takes to be president, at which point, he turns to Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, and says, “you seem like you know what you’re talking about, how about you?” Kampia responds, “my problem is that I was arrested and put in jail for three months for growing some marijuana and then I got two conspiracy charges because I had two roomates that were living with me. I have three felonies on my record now”, to which Goodwin responds, “It sucks for this guy, he got caught, Obama didn’t”.
Despite the show’s humorous tone and playful slams at the stereotypical stoner (especially the part where Rick Cusick is seen running around the studio shirtless, apparently out of his mind), we believe that the message shines through and gives the mainstream audience yet another look at the hypocritical marijuana policies that we are all forced to live with. Watch more clips from this episode or the entire show.