Jimmy Kimmel hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night. The dinner is attended annually by the President and First Lady, as well as government officials and members of the press. The event is known for being lighthearted, with the host typically taking a few jabs at the President– all in the name of comedy, of course.
This year, one of the most on point jokes Kimmel made was about the recent marijuana crackdowns throughout the United States. The late night host joked, “What is with the marijuana crackdown? Seriously, what is the concern? We will deplete the nation’s Funyun supply? Pot smokers vote too. Sometimes a week after the election, but they vote.”
Kimmel then asked everyone in the room to raise their hand if they had never smoked marijuana. When the cameras panned out to the audience, only one person was visible with their hand enthusiastically raised. At that point, Kimmel became a bit more serious, turning to the President and telling him directly,”Mr. President, I hope you don’t think I’m out of line here, but marijuana is something that real people care about.”
In response to Kimmel’s statements, a deputy for Attorney General Eric Holder made a statement to the press. He explained that the crackdowns only targeted collectives and growers who were violating state and federal law. He also clarified that there is no specific unified “war” against medical marijuana being orchestrated by the government.
In their official blog, NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) took an opportunity to thank Kimmel for demonstrating how marijuana enthusiasts can be direct and respectful in making their case to the White House for marijuana legalization, especially given the fact that 50% of the country believes that marijuana should be legalized.