by David Downs
At the 98th annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association on Saturday, comedian Jimmy Kimmel asked the president straight up: "What's with the marijuana crackdown? I mean, seriously, what is the concern? We will deplete the nation's Funyuns supply?" Kimmel continued, "You know, pot smokers vote, too. Sometimes a week after the election, but they vote."
Then turning to Obama, Kimmel said: "Mr. President, I hope you don't think I am out of line, but marijuana is something that real people care about. And the fact that you believe Speaker Boehner when he tells you he still has control of his party leads me to believe that you must be smoking some crazy-great weed yourself."
On a related note, here's Obama on pot in Rolling Stone recently:
"What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana. I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana — and the reason is, because it's against federal law," he said.
"I can't nullify congressional law. I can't ask the Justice Department to say, 'Ignore completely a federal law that's on the books.' What I can say is, 'Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.' As a consequence, there haven't been prosecutions of users of marijuana for medical purposes."
Here's the video of Kimmel: relevant segment at 21:50 mark.