Who Put Stephen Baldwin in Charge of Opposing Marijuana Legalization?

CBS News has a pro/con feature today on marijuana legalization with a great piece from Ethan Nadelmann and an opposing view coauthored by Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough. Pete Guither properly demolishes the later here, but I just want to reiterate how crazy it is that Stephen Baldwin has become the poster boy for the war on marijuana. It's ridiculous.

Fortunately, Baldwin totally lives up to everyone's expectations by ceasing to make sense the instant he gets started:

America doesn't want its pot...American potheads do!

Sure the debate is raging presently, but it's as fictional in its need as whether pigs can fly or whether Superman was or was not faster than that bullet.

In the modern trumped up controversy over whether marijuana should be legalized for the masses, the biggest canard of all is the supposed demand that exists. As a team that produces a weekly talk radio show now heard on 195 stations, we can earnestly say one thing is definitively true in the discussions we've launched about the revival of the "Should pot be legal?" question: "America doesn't want its pot...American potheads do!"

It's hilariously false on multiple levels:

1. There's an online poll embedded right there on the same page showing 94.86% support for legalizing marijuana.

2. Baldwin claims only potheads want to legalize marijuana, despite having recently gotten his ass kicked in a debate with Ron Paul, who has never tried it.

3. If the press could find someone more famous than Stephen Baldwin to oppose legalization, he wouldn't even get the opportunity to say these things.
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Stephen "the great communicator" for prohibition...lol

He is making us look really good.

Stephen "the great communicator" for prohibition...lol

This is too good to be true.

I honestly can't complain

I honestly can't complain about having him out there. He spews all this subjective and moral bull that is only making things move towards legalization at a faster pace.

It seems

It seems that all of the drugs he openly admits to doing really did do some damage to his brain. He should be saying, look at what drugs have done to me, I'm an idiot. But then again, he was probably always this stupid!

tell the truth

If marijuana were discovered today, and didn't carry the bad political baggage, it would be called a godsend. It has proven medical benefits, it doesn't lead to social deviancy and it's far better for you than cigarettes.
With the economic climate as it is, to continue to spend billions of dollars on futile enforcement and prison upkeep is almost comical. Legalization would also help diffuse the violence in Mexico and take money away from the dealers at home while putting billions of dollars into the economy.
In essence, legalizing marijuana would be killing a plague of birds with one stone.

Stephen Baldwin in charge

I don't know who put him in charge, but if you find out, tell them i said thank you.

Stevie B may be right...

He just doesn't realize that there are tens of millions of American potheads - people who are also lawyers or doctors, teachers, cops, firemen, bankers etc. etc.

He seems to be under the mistaken impression that we're all like Cheech and Chong.

mistaken impression that we're all like Cheech and Chong.

a lot of people suffer from such uninformed stereotypes. Somewhat like thinking every alcohol user is a drunk driver or domestic abuser, though I'm not familiar enough with Cheech and Chong to know if stuff like driving dangerously was part of their shtick.

sad!

I have just one question,

I constantly see/hear people who use marijuana regarded as "Potheads" so, does this mean that everyone who takes a drink is a "Drunk"?

Dave in Florida

Back in the day, people who

Back in the day, people who preferred alcohol to relax with were referred to as "juiceheads"

Excellent observation Dave

The labelling is just as bad as anything else, whether it's Pothead, stoner, burner etc.

I've come to appreciate the term, "Cannibis Afficianado" as it lends a bit more of a discerning flair to our pastimes.

And as far as S Baldwin is concerned, the more he talks, the more logical and reasoned arguments will win. His special brand of nonsense and confusive commentary only serve to make the prohibitionists look ignorant, ill-informed and out of their depth.

Keep it up Stephen!!

Hilarious!

I saw that debate with Ron Paul, and he got owned there. Then here he says something this retarded... wow.

"The only people who still

"The only people who still want marijuana illegal are the people who HATE potheads." No more hate crimes against people who choose cannabis!!!

Shortage of serious people willing to defend alcohol supremacism

over cannabis. Any honest person paying any attention knows the deal on killer alcohol vs.cannabis, and also knows the war on cannabis caused immense "collateral" damage. How would a serious person even begin to claim it makes sense to try to force people to use alcohol if they want to get high?
People working in public health fields are well-equipped to compare the dangers to the community and to the user of alcohol vs. cannabis. I hope they'll be providing accurate information as the debate progresses
-newageblues

"No more hate crimes against people who choose cannabis" - you got that right.

Baldwin is a moron

He will do anything if a camera is rolling. Trump's Apprentice? Celebrity Mole? That Flintstones movie?

Stephen, go back to the shallow end, you are not smart enough, and your "drawing power" is laughable.

Truthfully, I am delighted to have such a nonsense spewing buffoon as the (desperate wannabe) poster child for the Republican Right Wing.

He will continue to expose himself as an ignorant shill.

if they claim we have enough problems already with alcohol

we jump down their throat with something like: Of course we do, it's a very dangerous drug for enough people that it leads to killing and maiming in horrific numbers, child molestation and much more. If it hadn't already been tried and been a disaster, I could understand why people would call for alcohol prohibition.
What does that have to do with how people behave under the influence of cannabis?
-newageblues

My preferred name for cannabis users is "heads"

and if we're included when America puts its heads together to figure out what to do, the country will be better off. You can't go wrong letting every voice be heard.
-newageblues

LIBERTY AND FREEDOM

I HAVE NO DOG IN THE FIGHT OVER THE CURRENT LEGALITY PERTAINING TO CONSUMPTION OF THE FLOWERING TOPS OF A COMMON SHRUB. BUT AS AN AMERICAN PATRIOT I SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THEREFORE, I SUPPORT FULLY THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO ENGUAGE IN ANY ACTIVITY ANY ADULT CITIZEN FREELY CHOOSES TO DO, OR NOT DO, AS LONG AS THAT CITIZEN DOES NOT VIOLATE THE RIGHTFUL FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES OF OTHERS, I SUGGEST PROHIBITIONISTS READ THE CONSTITUTION, STOP GUARANTEEING DANGEROUS DRUGS ARE READILY AVAILABLE TO OUR CHILDREN,STOP FUNDING TERRORISTS, STOP DESTABILIZING THE DOMESTIC TRANQUILLITY OF ALLIED NATIONS, STOP WASTING MORE THAN A TRILLION DOLLARS AND SIMPLY MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS.

Pejoratives

Baldwin can call me a pothead if it's ok for me to call him a shithead.

I have what I have in my head, by his speech, he tells us what he has in his.

Google Mena Airport

Cannabis is used by everybody. The establishment has used it for scare mongering while Corporations make dangerous drugs in laboratories. It helps shift the blame from their synthetic toxic poisons to the natural non toxic cannabis. Corporations can not compete with cannabis, so they shill their inferior, dangerous drugs and demonize the weed.

How can there be so many benefits from weed and its only being brought to light recently? How much has humanity been held back by Corporatism and Prohibition? Prohibition is not about morals, its about money. Who benefits?

The moral argument is a smokescreen.I believe John the Baptist baptized Jesus with Cannabis Oil. Could Canna be Manna mentioned in other parts?

Alcohol is immoral, just look at the ads.

Ignorance helps the status quo.

Love those Baldwin's

All four seem to be problematic. Barny Rubble is absolutely the best spokesperson for prohibitionists.

Stephen Baldwin

Just let him keep talking. His ignorance is showing.

stephen baldwin

Stephen Baldwin says we can't smoke pot, we can't have abortions, we can't marry gay folks. When did Stephen Baldwin become the authority on what I can and can't do ? He must have figured all this out while he was on one of his crack binges. He's just another republicant. He had all his fun and craziness, now he's a moral compass. Besides being the last person I'd turn to for advice, he's the poster boy for avoiding being born again.

BALDWIN THE ADVOCATE

Stephen Baldwin could not successfully advocate the use of toilet paper.

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