"Pot, Meth, Heroin, Gay": Stephen Colbert on the Ultimate Gateway-Drug Progression

Last year, I was on The Colbert Report to talk about marijuana legalization as it was unfolding in Washington state and Colorado. Take a look above.

Westword. Click through for story.Westword. Click through for story.Yesterday was not only Easter, it was also 4/20, which lead to a very public "smoke-out" in Colorado. From the AP account of the event:

Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

The 4:20 p.m. smoke-out in the shadow of the Colorado capitol was the capstone of an Easter weekend dedicated to cannabis in states across the country. Although it is still against the law to publicly smoke marijuana in Colorado, police reported only 130 citations or arrests over the course of the two-day event, 92 for marijuana consumption.

"It feels good not to be persecuted anymore," said Joe Garramone, exultantly smoking a joint while his 3-year-old daughter played on a vast lawn crowded with fellow smokers.

The Garramone family came from Hawaii, among the tens of thousands who crowded into various cannabis-themed extravaganzas, from a marijuana industry expo called the Cannabis Cup at a trade center north of downtown to 4/20-themed concerts at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater. Acts included Slightly Stoopid and Snoop Dogg.

If any group of people is more upset about legal pot than prohibitionists, it's anti-capitalist smokers:

"It's all about the money now," [a] Denver resident complained.

Yeah, it's all about the money now. Instead of the prosecutions, the mandatory counseling, the black-market-related crime, the massive disruptions to families, towns, cities, and so much more. Thank god.

Read the whole thing here.

Back in 2011, Matt Welch and I wrote about our experience at Seattle's annual Hempfest, which is three days of "peace, love, and marijuana." What we saw at Hempfest seems to be at play in Colorado's 4/20 parties:

Two things come into focus at the twin Myrtle Edwards and Centennial parks, bound by the indescribable Puget Sound on one side and grim railroad tracks on the other. The first is that no one is arguing, despite the dense crowds, slow-paced walking, scantily clad young folks, and loud bands. It turns out that a massive gathering where open pot use is tolerated (even celebrated) but booze is banned doesn’t have to be filled with fights and scream fests; this isn’t Dodger Stadium, or Saturday night in Collegetown, USA. The only attendees having a rough time are those who failed to heed Hempfest Executive Director Vivian McPeak’s frequent fatherly warnings from the main stage to be respectful while speakers are talking and to always be hydrating. Sunstroke and necking are the only overindulgences on regular display. Whether it’s the early morning or the late afternoon, the vibe is more mellow than anything Olivia Newton-John sang.

The second unusual sight is one that should give medical-marijuana skeptics pause: scores of people with visible physical handicaps integrated seamlessly, without special comment, into a subculture that has recognized their pain and need for relief as being worthy of individual dignity and choice. There are more wheelchairs, crutches, and missing limbs than at Lourdes or Fatima. You would certainly never see this many cripples at Lollapalooza, an annual musical event whose attendees pride themselves on their tolerance, or at the National Mall on Independence Day. The medicine that has salved these people’s conditions has also provided them with a tolerant community in which they are in every sense equals.

More here.

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  • wareagle||

    it's always been about the money. The only change is where it flows now vs in the WoD.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    You know, if the Daily Show crap is just going to autoplay, maybe don't include it.

  • Zeb||

    It's really annoying. Especially if you want to engage in the comments. How about just a link?

  • gaoxiaen||

    At least it works for you. I just get that stupid little circling thing. Just use Youtube then everyone's happy.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Last year, I was on The Colbert Report to talk about marijuana legalization as it was unfolding in Washington state and Colorado.

    Well look who's trying to get some heat off the new Late Show host.

    I'm sorry, but Jesus Christ did not die for our sins just so a bunch of hippies can exploit a loophole in the law and get high.

  • Almanian!||

    Halleluia
    Mary loved her son
    Why don't my mother love me?
    HAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaair!

    /aging myself

  • Carnival||

    I mean, if you really think critically about it, he didn't die for our sins. I'm pretty sure he just died.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Nice passive voice there. You're either Jewish or Roman. OR BOTH.

  • Zeb||

    "Passive voice"?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    HE WAS KILLED. More or less.

  • Reverend Draco||

    He had to die in order to be raised as a Zombie - hard to make a Zombie out of a live person, unless you hand them an iPhone.

  • Don Mynack||

    What everyone seems to agree on is that people who smoke dope in public smell terrible and dress like imbeciles.

  • Reverend Draco||

    Only the terminally ignorant agree.

  • Almanian!||

    Man, smoking in publc was so much cooler when we had to pretend like we were smoking cigarettes so we ddn't get busted.

    Kochporashunz ruin EVERYTHING, man.

  • Sudden||

    Nowadays you have to pretend like you're smoking weed in public when you're having a cigarette.

    Progress!

  • Almanian!||

    HAHA! It's true because it's funny!

    That is an excellen point, Sudden. +1 Marlb...I mean blunt.

  • Reverend Draco||

    Good gravy. . . you're right.

    Huzzah for progress?

  • Jordan||

    Can we have a War on Autoplaying Videos?

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    And it starts again every time comments are reloaded. What fucking imbecile thought it was a good idea to put it on the H&R page so it can play whenever refreshing for new stories and here when refreshing for new comments?

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Killed it. Much better.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Colbert sucks.

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    Goddammit Nick. All of Colbet's shit is on on autoplay. Do you know how annoying it is to have that asshole start talking every time I reload H&R?

    Knock it off!

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    "It's all about the money now," [a] Denver resident complained.


    Fucking hippies. Despite the ridiculous costs of criminalization of marijuana, it would almost be worth it to see this idiot's fucking face after we do it.

  • David Lango||

    Colbert is so funny. "When Heroin is legalized and we're all strung out, you'll come back and apologize right?" I got a kick out of that.

    I understand he's going to take over for Larry King. Our comic Steve will have a lot more establishment talking points to spew with that new job!

    Hey Gillespie! Are you any relation to the coward Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie in Nevada that Harry Reid gave the award to for stepping aside to allow the Fed's BLM thugs to round up Cliven Bundy's cattle? All joking aside, keep up the good work. If you want to use any of the material I've collected in my page, feel free. http://lango.us

  • Gene||

    police reported only 130 citations or arrests over the course of the two-day event, 92 for marijuana consumption.

    Heroic restraint there.

  • sgtipster||

    lol... im very scare

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