CNN went all pot head for the New Year, apparently, with host Randi Kaye decked out in pot earrings and toting bongs, joints, and all sorts of pot paraphernalia on the evening of December 31.
Kaye was reporting from Denver, Colorado, and was clearly having a high time in the Mile High City!
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As she continued her “reporting” from Colorado, Kaye held up a joint and yelled, “This is for you, Andy!”
Marijuana is legal in Colorado, of course, but Kaye’s overly enthusiastic behavior certainly raised eyebrows all across the country.
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Kaye’s odd behavior was so alarming that CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen felt it necessary to stress that Kaye wasn’t breaking any laws.
“I just want to point out that this is all legal in Colorado,” Cooper said during one of Kay’s raucous segments.
Kaye was so animated and even a bit disheveled that many began to wonder if she was toking off the air.
That impression wasn’t put to rest when at one point, Kaye seemed to lose track of where she was at.
“We’re at a dispensary called the Medicine Man!” Kaye said. “I’m trying to remember where we are. Where am I?”
The curious faces Cooper and Cohen made back in New York as Kaye’s wild reports continued were priceless.
This is not the first time that Kaye has reported on Colorado’s pot revolution. She has been reporting on the Mile High pot scene at least since 2014 when she reported on a “pot tour” run by a “ganga-preneur.”
Kaye also admitted that she got a contact high while riding in the tour’s limo as her subjects smoked pit in her presence.
Here is Kaye’s report from 2014:
Kaye was far from the only CNN reveler during the New Year’s Eve programing. Host Don Lemon was once again seen drunkenly celebrating on the air, as BizPacReview reported.
“As they reported the New Year’s Eve festivities, Lemon drunkenly danced on bartops and sang out of tune for the network’s viewers. As they say, New Year’s Eve is “amateur” night, and we certainly know, CNN’s got its fill of those,” BizPacReview wrote.
Don Lemon is having fun pic.twitter.com/iQKAzGCHgv
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As to pot legalization, while CNN’s Kaye may want to act as if pot is nothing but fun in Colorado, the reality of legal pot is a decidedly mixed bag and has caused many bad things to happen in the Centennial State.
As USA Today wrote back in August, Pot legalization has not been all fun and goodness for Colorado.
In the years since, Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana related traffic deaths, poison control calls, and emergency room visits. The marijuana black market has increased in Colorado, not decreased. And, numerous Colorado marijuana regulators have been indicted for corruption.
In 2012, we were promised funds from marijuana taxes would benefit our communities, particularly schools. Dr. Harry Bull, the Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools, one of the largest school districts in the state, said, “So far, the only thing that the legalization of marijuana has brought to our schools has been marijuana.”
In fiscal year 2016, marijuana tax revenue resulted in $156,701,018. The total tax revenue for Colorado was $13,327,123,798, making marijuana only 1.18% of the state’s total tax revenue. The cost of marijuana legalization in public awareness campaigns, law enforcement, healthcare treatment, addiction recovery, and preventative work is an unknown cost to date.
Clearly pot has not been a great boon for the state.