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The Daily Show's Solution to the Marijuana Legalization Debate: Think of It Like Beer (Video)

We all have that one pothead friend who thinks of himself as a legal scholar and loves nothing more than to debate the general hypocrisy of the way our society (not to mention our legal system) treats alcohol versus marijuana.

Who has not sat patiently through the "big lumber paid to have marijuana defamed and criminalized so help wouldn't destroy their business" speech, not to mention the one about how pot cures everything?

Thank God for beer or most of us wouldn't be able to listen to this monologue one more time.

But we nod along, because, well, as annoying as Buddha is, he's got a point -- Jon Stewart is just able to make it much more hilariously, and with news clips.

"What's to keep somebody from getting all potted up on weed and then getting behind the wheel?" asked Steve Doocy of Fox and Friends. What indeed, Steve Doocy? What indeed.

We'll let the voice of The Daily Show speak to that.

"There's no question that pot, like everything else, can have its downside, but a recent UC-San Diego study found that alcohol appears to harm the teenage brain even more than -- and I'm using clinical terminology here -- getting potted up on weed."

So, it follows, that the hand-wringing argument of the talking heads would ring a lot truer if they had similar views on alcohol consumption -- which, of course, they do not.

Queue 45 seconds of various news "personalities" from CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News lauding "Wine Wednesday," "Margarita Day," and answering the age-old question of what they'll be doing on New Year's Eve.

"I'm gonna get real drunk," Steve Doocy -- the man, the legend.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. We too like to get "real drunk," and no one will ever accuse Clean Plate Charlie of not celebrating the glory that is craft beer. (Please drink responsibly -- we're lookin' at you, Doocy!)

But what is it that makes alcohol a thing to be celebrated and marijuana an evil substance that will throw America into ruin?

According to Jon Stewart, just a lack of good PR.

"Our view of alcohol is not even benign indifference, but celebratory... Maybe if pot had as many commercials as beer, we wouldn't let it worry us so much."

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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