CNN Legalization Debate ReduxMay 13th, 2009 by Russ
Though somewhat discouraged by its recent aborted attempt to have an intelligent discussion about weed, CNN put its ‘A’ team together to see if it could vault to the cable news network lead by presenting a single coherent thought. Led by the glamorous grey-maned Anderson Cooper, the tete-a-tete featured a mismatch for the ages:
Harvard Econ Professor Jeffrey Miron versus Bush-appointed drug czar, John Walters. The exchange resembled something like a debate between Martin Luther King’s unblemished soul, and a moldy sack of russet potatoes. To paraphrase a few of the highlights:
Though drinkers have access to very potent types of alcohol, the vast majority drink mild forms and do so responsibly, and that is exactly what we should expect of marijuana users.
You just ran a study about students who were killed in an elementary school in Chicago… Marijuana!
Are you implying that marijuana was the cause of these killings that we reported in a completely unrelated and unlinked segment?
Listen, it’s very simple. I’ll free associate for a moment: Rape, murder, marijuana. Did you see that? The word marijuana just came out of my mouth right after murder.
There’s not a shred of evidence that says that legalizing marijuana would increase violence. It’s prohibition, not marijuana creating the violence. It’s preposterous to say otherwise.
Walters: (drools on self)