Jimmy Kimmel Calls Out Obama on Marijuana Crackdowns While Hosting White House Correspondents’ Dinner

 by lucy

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.

 

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 1

    dayzaway99 said on Apr 30, 2012

    Now this is great !

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    420tokers said on Apr 30, 2012

    that is awesome jimmy kimmel just went up one in my book. FUCK YOU OBAMA!

  3. 0

    kushjunkie420 said on Apr 30, 2012

    That's awesome.

  4. 3

    said on Apr 30, 2012

    If I ever get the opportunity to shake obama's hand I am going to spit all over my hand first.

  5. 0

    snickers2771 said on Apr 30, 2012

    bug ups to jimmy kimmel on this one

  6. 1

    BlazinAlberts said on May 1, 2012

    Kimmel is smooth

  7. 0

    MATTITATAT said on May 1, 2012

    fuck yea! jimmy your the fucken man!

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    Gossett said on May 1, 2012

    Way to make the point the right way Jimmy. Knew there was a reason I like you. Btw, Eric Holder is a frigging liar. These are orchestrated hits of well run collectives.

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    WackyHerbWrangler said on May 2, 2012

    Streight up Kimmel. The Shiteaters had to sit and listen!!!!! Take a moment to think how bad things would be now if the Fukn Repub would have won in 2008!!

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    Nuggs said on May 9, 2012

    lol, he looks high.

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    JUSTJAMES213 said on May 21, 2012

    I like Jimmy Kimmel but didn't know why. Now I Do! Jimmy Kimmel for president.

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