.@scrowder, you really kicked the hornets’ nest w/ your marijuana video. Reaction is hilariously disproportionate to what you actually said.—
Erik Soderstrom (@soderstrom) November 27, 2012
For a while at least, former vice president and noted non-scientist Al Gore made quite a nice living for himself by traveling around the planet claiming that “the science was settled” when it came to global warming. Comedian and Fox News contributor Steven Crowder takes at look at marijuana legalization in his new video, throwing a wrench in the “settled science” that marijuana, while increasingly legal, is harmless.
While Crowder does allow that there are Constitutional arguments to be made for legalizing marijuana, those he spoke with in Ann Arbor, Mich., especially the younger interviewees, chose to argue that the safety of the drug is main issue — and they’re convinced it’s harmless.
Yeah, college kids — what do they know?
In addition to his investigation of pot’s health effects, Crowder also challenges the notion that legalizing pot nationally would lead to a massive emptying of the prisons. Not everyone is convinced by the video, though, and many point to the medicinal uses which form the basis of many legalization efforts.
While pro- and anti-legalization advocates battle it out on Twitter, Crowder notes that they do so in an environment where more and more states are legalizing marijuana while curbing other “vices,” such as New York City’s banning of sodas larger than 16 ounces.
Crowder’s not our dad either, but he is like the cool uncle who makes great (and thoughtful) videos. If we’re going to argue that smoking marijuana is a right, let’s make sure our assumptions are right as well.