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Colbert deconstructs Kasich’s opposition to legal pot: You’re ‘ruining people’s lives’

Colbert hit Kasich where it hurt.

Ohio Governor and GOP 2016 Presidential candidate John Kasich staunchly insists that people are running afoul of the law for simply smoking a little pot.

Comedian Stephen Colbert had something to say to Kasich about what many deem to be his archaic position. The host of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert eviscerated the GOP candidate this Friday night,  saying he’s “ruining people’s lives” by criminalizing a harmless — and even helpful — substance

Kasich justified his position, saying:

“We have a huge drug crisis in this country.”

Colbert cut him off:

“Is it really pot, the drug crisis? Lots of people are going to jail for minor drug infractions, and it ruins their entire life.”

Kasich plowed on, insisting that weed should never be legal:

“We don’t do that in Ohio, okay? The problem with marijuana is this: We don’t want to tell our kids, ‘Don’t do drugs, but by the way, this drug’s okay.’”

Colbert then hammered home the point about the much more problematic booze:

“Isn’t that what alcohol is? I want to be clear, I’m not arguing for legalizing heroin.”

After Colbert got Kasich to actually say, live on TV, that he’s smoked weed in the past, Colbert reminded him that if he’d been caught, he wouldn’t be a governor, and he certainly wouldn’t be running for president.

Watch the exchange below:

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  1. marecek

    November 8, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Kasich’s argument for keeping pot illegal is that people die from drug addiction to OTHER drugs, which occurs while ALL OF THEM ARE ILLEGAL. In other words, the criminalization does NOTHING to prevent this curse. The fact that drug use is not illegal (so that we don’t ruin peoples’ lives for using it) is not the same thing as saying it is okay. Alcohol is legal and nobody suggests that alcohol abuse is okay. I simply cannot understand how politicians keep getting away with such moronic arguments.

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