Last week, Ohio voters rejected a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. On Friday night, Governor Kasich’s hypocritical anti-marijuana stance was destroyed by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.
Kasich has called the decriminalization of marijuana a “terrible idea” and Colbert schooled the Republican candidate.
“The problem is we have a huge drug crisis in this country,” Kasich said.
“Is that really pot that’s the drug crisis?” Colbert countered. “Lots of people are going to jail for minor infractions and it ruins their entire life.”
“We don’t do that in Ohio. We don’t even want serious drug addicts to be locked in prison for the rest of their lives. We treat them and we pass them off to the community,” Kasich said. “The problem with marijuana is this: We don’t want to tell our kids, ‘Don’t do drugs, but by the way, this drug’s okay.'”
“Isn’t that what alcohol is?” Colbert replied.
The governor then tried to explain his opposition to the plant by employing the debunked “gateway drug” garbage that has been parroted for years. Colbert, however, wasn’t letting him get away with such nonsense and asked him if he has ever smoked weed. When Kasich replied “yes,” Colbert laid into him for his hypocritical bullshit:
If you had been caught smoking marijuana and had it on your record, would you be the governor of Ohio right now?
Watch the full interview below:
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