Thursday, January 04, 2018 by Ethan Huff
The internet is in an uproar over a CNN broadcast on New Years Eve in which reporter Randi Kaye was seen at a “Pot & Paint” party in Denver, Colorado, wearing cannabis leaf earrings and demonstrating how to use a “gas mask” bong and other marijuana smoking devices.
Now that the infamous Trump-Russia collusion hoax has burned into a smoldering heap of fake news, CNN is apparently jumping on all of the legal marijuana fanfare for apparent shock value.
As California readied to legalize recreational sales of cannabis the next morning, the segment with Randi Kaye got the party started by showing CNN‘s Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen how to light a bong and inhale smoke from it. While she didn’t smoke the bong herself – she simply held it up to her face unlit as a demonstration – Kaye was seen lighting it for someone else at the party, which CNN broadcast to its viewers.
On several occasions during the segment, Kaye was also seen holding up a lit marijuana joint, including on a party bus where another smoking device known as the “Incredible” was also featured. All of this was broadcast during the pre-show leading up to the much anticipated ball drop in Times Square, which occurs every New Years Eve at midnight Eastern Standard Time before rolling into the new year.
While Kaye was never actually seen on the screen inhaling any cannabis smoke or vapor, she was seen holding lit joints and lighting bongs for other people. To many, it was a great way to break the status quo and normalize the use of cannabis in this increasingly post-prohibition era. But to others, it definitely struck a “Reefer Madness” nerve.
A number of Twitter users took to blasting CNN in the aftermath of the segment’s airing, as they accused the Atlanta-based network of lacking morals – while in the very same tweets using vulgarity to try to make this point.
One Twitter user expressed his own personal outrage over CNN‘s depiction of the cannabis plant in use on television, stating: “are you f*&$ing kidding.” He added, ironically, “There are children watching. WTF!!!???”
Neither Rosner nor fellow Twitter user “Megan Paasch” apparently see anything wrong with using curse words on social media, which is also accessed by children. Paasch tweeted that she was similarly outraged that her children had to see cannabis being used while watching CNN. She concluded her reprimanding tweet with the ever classy “Wtf CNN?”
Meanwhile, CNN‘s Andy Cohen tweeted his own message to diehard prohibitionist Jeff Sessions, the Trump Administration attorney general who is alleged to have stated that he at one time had no problem with the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) until he “found out that they smoked pot.” Cohen joked:
“I really hope Jeff Sessions isn’t watching the broadcast tonight. Greetings from the Denver pot bus,” along with a photo of the event.
Sessions has repeatedly made erroneous statements about the cannabis plant and his desire to “crack down” on it, even though President Trump clearly stated while on the campaign trail that he was “committed to honoring states’ rights when it comes to marijuana legalization.”
Sessions’ cannabis policy advisor, Dr. Robert DuPont, is hardly any better. A prominent prohibitionist and anti-cannabis crusader, Dr. DuPont, who served as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as well as the second White House Drug Chief, wrote a blog post several years back in which he hilariously described marijuana as “the most dangerous drug.”
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