It was difficult to come away from Friday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC and not think Sam Stein of HuffPost isn’t high at least half of his waking hours. Though he tells FishbowlDC he isn’t. Not “anymore.”
A new pew poll shows 52 percent of Americans want marijuana to be legalized. The finding set off a discussion on the show with Stein arguing that it should be legalized. “This is so obvious,” he said. “We should obviously decriminalize pot.”
Show host Joe Scarborough asked why that was so obvious.
“Because everyone uses it,” replied Stein with MSNBC talking head Richard Wolffe looking at him knowingly.
“Maybe everyone in your circle,” said Scarborough.
Someone off camera asked Stein, “Is that why you’re so slow this morning?” A back-and-forth between Stein and Scarborough ensued…
Update: Stein writes in that he was “never a pothead,” which he describes as “someone who LOVES pot.”
Stein: “No, everyone uses it. Why don’t we just decriminalize it? If we’re so worried about budget deficits, decriminalize it, tax it and we’ll help out the deficit.”
Scarborough: “Everyone doesn’t use it, Sam.”
Stein: “Everyone uses it.”
Scarborough: “No, they don’t. Maybe everybody in your neighborhood.”
Stein: “Everyone has or will use it.”
Scarborough: “I can tell you that’s not the case in any of the neighborhoods I grew up in. So there’s a big great land out there to the west of the Hudson and to the east of Las Vegas.”
Stein: “Well clearly more people are using pot and more comfortable using pot.”
Scarborough: “Well, I’m not comfortable, whether it’s my 25 year old son or a high schooler. I’m not comfortable with somebody using it.”
Asked whether he was being literal in his belief that “everyone” smokes dope, Stein said no. “Ha– it was an exaggeration,” he told FishbowlDC in an email. “Though I do think people, in increasing numbers, either have used or know someone who has used pot.” He added, “As for me, I don’t smoke pot anymore.”