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The Justice Department says that -- not federal law marijuana is still illegal in the United States as of today.
As of today beaten in Washington State can smoke it if they want to.
Voters in -- state approved a ballot initiative last month but decriminalize possessing up to an ounce of weed.
Joining us now is Connie Chung who hosts a weekly podcast on iTunes about legal issues and the cultural impact of marijuana it is called the Chong and Chong show.
-- atomic welcome back always good to see you so welcome back.
They -- thanks for having me why do you think the Fed's with President Obama in a second Tom why.
The Fed's going -- -- legalized weed in Washington State would just purely.
Any reason you wanna -- know why the feds under Obama -- -- do it.
Hello because they're in a panic mode right now you know there world is crumbling in and they don't know what to do in the -- they don't have direction.
You know they they wanna keep it they want to keep it illegal.
For various reasons you know so they did the funding -- But.
I I don't I don't get short lived that that did the administration is it becomes very liberal on the issue of gay marriage and abortion and free contraception.
I mean social issues this is a presence -- -- moved way towards the liberal position.
But not on marijuana -- still gonna stop -- they they close down medical marijuana facilities in California.
I just don't get it -- -- telling me that this is all about money and funding keep the money flowing.
While yeah I mean that the that's a war -- heroes like the end of the war this is the war on drugs that sending.
And the like all wars are hard to to pull out zero go to the sponsors you know they got a lot of people that.
Have -- invest it into.
Into the war on drugs and and now that it's anything they're just in a panic.
But I want to say to America to see America's like giant prison right now.
You know with the laws that we have.
And so like I was in prison and and and it's the same thing that happened in prison you know certain things have become.
And certain things.
-- and then there's.
Demand for those illegal things.
Well -- let me turn this around for a second let's suppose I'm an -- up.
I'm in Washington State and I've got my people operating heavy equipment Big Dig is and what -- -- And sure the law now says that those employees if they want to want every time they can go out and -- -- that god.
To come to water it still in their system.
And they haven't accidents -- big heavy equipment who gets sued.
I'm an idea employ -- I'm gonna get sued -- I mean you can understand -- well called hysteria.
Noble what you're saying you're assuming that is because of the marijuana wanna call it -- is true that this is the call will assume that the lawyers will assume you've got -- -- Austin it's that -- the problem.
-- the thing is if you had any idea how many.
-- leg heavy equipment operators have.
Stuff in -- system you wouldn't fly your plane you wouldn't rider training.
You know everybody has been the great thing about marijuana is that you can operate not only.
Operated you know in in.
Safe manner but in a lot of cases you you operate better.
Well because of the through all of us like.
A lot of second I'll.
You're telling me -- if I'm dead straight cold samba.
I'm not just go to drive my car as if I'm -- -- that.
I'm I'm telling you that -- you did they did it test in in Toronto years ago.
Where they put pot heads against straight people in a driving test and guess who won the -- -- one.
Because it is the enhances that your ability to a do a lot of things why do you think a golfers for instance.
They they smoke on on the course all the time and it improves your game dot professional golf on you don't have the fact -- I imagine that quite a few yeah our yeah acquitted of every golfer.
Almost every -- when you look at you more on the golf course now that's one smell that you can recognize it's the smell of grass.
I was gonna -- also look at the -- -- idea that what proportion of America but American adults.
What do you think what proportion is that that this -- a joint -- down again.
-- -- Well I have no idea of but I I would say -- you put ten people in the room I would say is these.
Seven under the 207.
Out of ten you think 70% about ultimate you smiling telling is smiling now.
You think but after that so -- that'll happen when America off heads do you think that.
Willow -- it would margin did Obama win by.
What's the toughest stupid it's.
Well there -- We'll go to people who voted for Obama.
Who voted for Obama.
Due to -- it's 52% relatives.
-- -- Carl there there there's your figure that are.
Next in that last question.
What you think -- -- with us is how Long Will it be before marijuana is legal at the federal level and all across all the states.
I say -- I.
Do you as a boy what -- side.
Our you know -- say I -- bad the end of president Obama's.
He he all the guests to do was rescheduled the drug -- signed an executive order plague Obama like Nixon did to create the DEA Obama can sign an executive order.
Holding the DEA into -- tobacco people.
And it's over.
Yeah ironically that that eventually -- -- their interest are you -- right now telling.
I'm are stoned all the time -- -- olive.
Excellent and you think of Vietnam opening of the fifth when I'll be -- Not I don't know I don't know I have that -- and speculate I don't.
If I can hear in your voice that you smoked.
I don't know I think here they -- -- I don't -- stone I don't with -- little movie I would certainly and bloody month.
Don't call this.
This month and highlight.
Reelected -- you please the entire month.
-- right sit down and highlights we have.
-- the song and it was those thought on the -- no doubt you'll talk men might go back when he's outside next to John thank you very much -- -- out of this.
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