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Bill Maher Says Don’t Wait for Government to Legalize Pot — Smokes Weed Live on Air

Los Angeles, CA – Real Time host Bill Maher took his support for the legalization of marijuana around the U.S. to new highs on Friday, lighting up a joint to make his point. Maher blasted the hypocrisy of marijuana laws in the U.S. during his weekly television segment on Friday.

“Somehow, this is the year that everything from socialism to mass deportation is on the table and voters love the authentic guys who speak their minds, but when it comes time for Congress to consider common-sense pot legislation, it’s like smoking a joint with Woody Harrelson; they just won’t pass it.”

Maher asked fellow pot lovers to “get your heads out of your grass” and realize that progress on social issues is not a given.

He contrasted the legalization of marijuana with abortion, highlighting that although there is a momentum towards legalization, progress can be rolled back, as has been the case with abortion.

Maher hits the nail on the head when explaining that legalization of weed is taking so long because there is a vested bureaucratic interest in keeping the War on Drugs money machine rolling. The DEA, prisons, and law enforcement stand to lose massive amounts of funding if the drug war is ended, and industries such as big pharma and alcohol conglomerates would lose market share.

“It’s not a tenable situation,” he said of the drug’s limited legality. “When I leave Colorado, Oregon, Washington or Alaska, my back pain doesn’t go away. Or whatever it is I have. I’m kidding — I use medical marijuana because my third eye has glaucoma.”

He attacked states that are taking away rights and then, he went out in a blaze of glory: The medical marijuana card-carrying user just lit up a joint.

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Watch Maher make his pitch for full marijuana legalization below:

At any one time, 59,300 prisoners charged with or convicted of violating marijuana laws are behind bars. Of those, 17,000 are behind bars for possession ONLY, not trafficking. Enforcing marijuana laws costs an estimated $10-15 billion in direct costs alone. Not to mention the sustained costs of incarceration of the individual who has done nothing to harm anyone. It is estimated that the money spent enforcing useless marijuana laws is double what we spend on education in this country.

It is time to end this ridiculous, murderous, and outright criminal “War” on Drugs. To quote comedian and activist Joe Rogan, “Prison is for Rapists, Thieves and Murderers! If you lock someone up for smoking a Plant that makes them happy, You’re the fucking Criminal!”

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    • Sumthing is wrong when I see more of your boobie tassels then your tats????

    • I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  • It would have been funny if he’d gotten arrested for it. Not that I wish any ill towards pot activists, but it would have made his point better.

    • Ha.

    • the fact that he didn’t proves the point even more… if he had been a poor black or hispanic, different story…

    • No one should ever be arrested for smoking a plant…

    • It would have shown the authorities for the gestapo that they are in front of a national audience.

    • He lives in California. Medical weed is legal. No need for arrest. That was the point. No uniformed legalization.

  • Publicity stunt.

  • Steve Goering

    you rock…continue the drive to legalize…..?

  • Yuri Titkov have you seen this?

  • Willie Nelson did it first

    • And I don’t know if Willie had a medical card. Bill does

    • Medical cards are a really cool idea but since the federal government doesn’t honor state issued cards or marijuana related business permits etc. the problem remains the same. Until the federal government ends the war on marijuana no American citizen is safe from the over reaching arm of the law.

  • I agree and all, but fuck this statist twat.

  • He also goes full retard on air every show.

  • Know has the right to make a plant legal/illegal

  • No one*

  • Loved it!

  • He is not a thug. He is an idiotic piece of shit.

    • Got that right !!!

    • Couldn’t agree more. I’ll bet my left ball there is no weed in that spliff.

    • Ad hominem is all you sad little teapublicans got

  • Maher is a government fanatic

  • Michael Moyer

  • Foarte tare !!

  • I’ve been pretty close to unliking and leaving this page due to some of the absolute garbage that’s been posted lately, but you’ve redeemed yourself with this gem. Keep it positive The Free Thought Project.com, stay away from the negative. That’s the ONLY way you will sway anyones thought.

  • Jason Fecteau

  • Lol

  • Don’t much like this guy. But he’s earned a few brownie points with this one.

  • Already afecting him

  • POS

  • This is amazing!

  • I can’t stand him… but on this topic I dips my lid.

  • Another moron.

  • Somebody kill that man

  • Probably just a hand rolled cigarette. Stupid fuck. I hate this pompous jackass. Though I am all for weed.

  • Haaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!

  • My third eye is clear.

    • Your third eye is shriveled up like a raisin, just like everyone elses.

    • No, it is hydrated and in action.

    • Pretty sure that’s a physical impossibility. You realize we’re talking about the pineal gland and not your sphincter right?

    • I am aware. My pineal gland is always in action. Do you need any help?

    • Then you haven’t figured it out yet. I’m sorry you’ve been confused, it sucks being stuck there, not really understanding…

    • I haven’t been stuck since I was in your mother’s vagina. Took me a while to get out of that trap. 3:)

  • I hope that idiot isn’t mistakenly referring to his brown eye. Do people really want douchebags like him representing a cause they feel strongly about?

    • Bill is the fucking man !

    • You’re a fuckstain Edward!! I’m still trying to figure out what your dumbass was trying to ask. With that horribly worded question.

    • Jesse Farr You failed reading all through government training didn’t you? It’s a perfectly worded and punctuated statement followed by an equally perfect question. I mean it’s funny in a very juvenile manner but this cunt is still the US version of Piers Morgan.

    • Jesse Farr You added some extra periods and capitals btw…. fucking halfwit.

    • It’s easy to be the smartest guy in the room when it’s full of progressives… or statists.

    • you think about “brown eyes” alot, dont you?

    • Edward Teach you think about “brown eyes” alot, dont you?

    • Edward is correct.
      Maher is a shill to the government. He endorses the lie of the two party system.

    • Do you know what the Pineal Gland is??? It’s your Third Eye.

    • Edward SPOT ON .. maher is nothing but a dumbass he has many dumbass follower too

  • Go for it, Maher, & just disregard all those scientific research reports that PROVE all the terrible things that marijuana does to the human body. I suppose you know more than they do, right? Fool !!!

    • lol^

    • This guy lol, I bet he supports Trump

    • Lol, worse than cigarettes and booze?

    • Worse than McDonald’s or pharmaceutical drugs that you take?

    • Wow. You should stop talking.

    • terry my dear, perhaps you should read more than government propaganda…. weed is being PROVEN, again and again to be beneficial in hundreds of ways, not proven dangerous to the human body or mind in other than judgement, AND much much less harmful side affects than prescription drugs… it has been used for thousands of years all over the world, and some research indicates it may even be a precursor to your whine in religious, in healing and in recreational uses… add in how many things HEMP is great for, reducing our needs for oil, for wood products and some construction materials…

    • Education is the key to success my friend! Cannabis oil is curing cancer and seizures.

    • Terry just got done watching Reefer Madness.

    • i lol’d.

    • McDonald’s is worse than weex

    • Carolynn Taymuree Integration is the key to success. integration of thoughts, ideas and technologies.

    • You are absolutely and completely wrong and an utter fool. The only proof of what marijuana does to a body is positive. It kills cancer. It helps with a myriad of other diseases, hence the reason it is becoming legal for medicinal purposes all over the place… Instead of believing the bs propaganda that the government called “studies” years ago, why don’t you go research it for yourself. People like you just piss me off… Go educate yourself before you pop off with such stupidity.

    • Please return your head to your ass. You and your kind are much safer in that position.

    • If you look elsewhere on this post you will see Terry Hanitsch is not trolling. Just incredibly stupid.

  • Haha Nice!

  • Video link kicked me out 4 times. Couldn’t get thru the whole clip, quality!

  • That man is amazing

  • Too bad he’s made himself out to be a bigot.

  • He’s an idiot, but that did make me laugh

  • I am so glad that I live in Holland, growing your own weed and can buy it legal.

    • We’ll bring our Army to bail you guys out in the next 5-10 years. Europe aka New Middle East.

    • Hahah you (usa) are the problem off al the shit in the world Matt Jarolimek maybe you need to open your eyes.
      And I believe that your country needs more help than us.
      Wake up call.
      Living the American dream whahaha. You guys think you are free.

    • Maybe you need to stop making war everywhere Matt Jarolimek and start using this Money for your people, for your health-care, education, crimes, fight your corruption government and cops with there trigger fingers.
      Start educated people that living from only McDonald’s kills.
      So funny that you have so much fat people with diabetes, Hart problems.
      So keep being patriotic. I only laughing to you when I am visiting your country.

    • Marc, I absolutely know I’m not free. We’re to busy doing the dirty work for all the “free” countries that spend their money on socialist programs instead of a defense force. If we stopped playing bodyguard, you’d get my point. I’m not proud of it. You have no clue how much we “constitutionalists” know about the seedy underbelly of the World.

    • Thats the problem, you stick your noise everywhere, and fornthe wrong reasons.
      There is oy one country that does the dirty work.
      USA only does funding the so called terrorists

  • Agree with everything except the bullshit states rights comment he. Tune down, smoke up!

  • That is actually pretty true. Considering what a bigot he is towards Muslims and his complete intolerance toward religion in general. Not to mention he completely sold out to the mainstream media empire so he could pretend to be edgy and truthful while pushing a statist mentality. Smoke up, Bill! You have a long way to go, bigot!

    • Religion and Muslims are the main reason for hate and wars. Screw them both

    • Say all you want about Religion. I’m not a huge fan of most religious organizations. However, Muslims are not the main reasons for war. War is the most profitable business on the planet. It’s all about money. To believe otherwise shows a complete lack of understanding about history and what is currently going on in world. To believe that “Muslims are the problem” is to be just as brainwashed (by the Government and Mainstream Media) as the poor fools who are brainwashed by Religion.

    • All of the above.

    • Muslims are part of the problem.

    • Great response. Well put.

    • Rodney, all religions are part of the peoblem. Our fore father’s recognized that. Why do you think they founded our country on SECULAR terms?

  • by third eye i’m assuming he is referencing eastern religions that he doesn’t believe in or support

  • LSD for that

  • The truest thing this guy has ever said, the weed isnt working though in his case

  • What a dickhead.

  • Amaya Cerridwen

  • ffs take out the word medical

    • we know its medicinal. So its just marijuana. Political correctness bullshit.

  • Lol Angie

  • Lol he’s talking about his pineal gland

  • Love it

  • I don’t want to ask where his third eye is?????

  • I dislike Bill Maher, only because hes far left
    I dislike Rush Limbaugh, for same but opposite reasons

  • The “Third Eye” Bill is referring to here is The Pineal Gland. Which Cannabis helps to decalcify and open.


  • Fantastic quote

  • Bill Maher is a hypocrite, and a piece of shit.

    • Why?

    • When a Republican is in office he is against the war of terror. When a Democrat is in office he supports the war on terror. He is a piece of shit because he hates gun rights, and he is a bigot.

    • Fuck Bill maher. Watch ANY interviews, he badgers and badgers

    • Steve Austin wot

    • One time I remember he threw a truther out of the studio making fun of building 7

    • bill maher is against vaccines, that’s pretty stupid. where is he from 1920?

    • Yup.

    • Anyone who supports legalization has my support. I dont care what they said or did. I only care about getting this medicine out to everyone who needs it ASAP.

    • Truth is still truth, regardless of who speaks it!

    • Scott Konken I said, “Lipstick on men”.

  • Really … me too.

  • fukin moron..lmao caters to the dumbazz crowd

  • OK, pretty clever Bill

  • hope they don’t come after him like Bundy

  • Love Bill Maher. Edward Teach? As a privateer you should welcome both democracy and dissent, or is that too rich for you?

  • and your forehead has a fivehead

  • I’m guessing that he’ll be smoking a lot more then….

  • Yup! He definitely has clouded vision.. haha!

  • Kai Kirchh


  • Andy Cripps

    Was that for real?

  • OK, nobody has a third eye. Sorry–in certain parts of the world, they say people have three eyes: two are used for seeing and the third one is for pooing.

    • It’s called the pineal gland… Google it

    • THAT one isn’t an eye. But the Lamas of Tibet believed in a third eye. This is all a joke, isn’t it?

  • Bill Maher doesn’t give two shits about the third eye…he’s an atheist.

    • Right, because the minds eye is specific to a theist. Just wow.

    • Jeremy A. Toms You know what, you got me, I’ll own up to such an ignorant comment.

      I was tunnel visioned into thinking about the “third eye” as in Buddhism and Hinduism. While Maher is indeed an atheist, you are right about theists still being able to utilize the minds eye. I’ve also read more extensively about the pineal gland everyone else but by myself seemed to know about.

      Right on, thanks opening up my mind even further. Take care brother.

  • shut the freak up

  • of course he won’t get shot or put in jail

  • The leftist War on “Things” in this country have been a massive failure. It’s time to put an end to ALL victimless crime laws.

    • Leftist? Im pretty sure its the right wing regan types who push the drug war idea lmafo, back to the 700 club

    • It’s pretty bipartisan.

  • Amanda Thigpen

  • Maher supports the Zionists of Israhell. Anything he says counts for fuck all.

  • Man you people are mean!!! Lmao

  • Counter cure against fluoride…

  • Like him or hate him , that’s a great fkn line!

  • Ryan Osborne

  • Lol!!

  • more like his brown eye

  • Love ya, Bill!! You KNOW what we like!!

  • loool so funny!

  • Is it the brown one?

  • For 3rd eye glaucoma the recommended treatment is Afghani hash, now exclusively distributed worldwide by the CIA.

  • I love watching Real Time, it’s a Friday routine. This was awesome to see, I was stunned to see it on TV. Although, Bill, you could use some help with your rolling skills, that was a franken-joint brother.

    And the third eye he’s referring to, yes has basis in Eastern religions.. but it simply refers to the mind. It is NOT specific to religious identity.

  • He should increase his dose then,significantly.

  • I hope your third eye clears up soon Bill, then you might be able to see what the result of the next election in the US. Will Hillary cheats her way into power and causes a revolution or will Donald get into power and causes a bloody revolution, Perhaps the people have had enough corruption and make Bernie president without a revolution, or perhaps none of this matters as the pommy puppet Saudi Arabia pushes for ww3, and we no longer care as were all dead or dying.

  • Epic statement

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  • Rock on Bill That was the coolest

  • Crystal Crotty

  • Bill Maher is filled with hilarious truths. I love the way he spews!

  • He’s a raging statist hypocrite who supports massive government overreach in almost every conceivable area of private life… Just because he smokes pot doesn’t make him a free thinker or a friend of free thinking.

  • & I want my other two eyes to be the same as the third… 😀

  • Kendall Mclean

  • Absolutely hilarious comment…

  • Bill Maher for Prez!..impeach whatever idiot gets voted in by the flouride zombies.

  • <3 :)

  • Good for him….haven’t smoked it for 50 years but it ought to be totally and unreservedly legal

  • Dylan Tyerman

  • I have glaucoma and scoliosis and can’t get my family doctor to prescribe me what actually works.

  • Raul-Samantha Gonzales

  • I dont know if it truly was weed or not

  • Bill Maher is the biggest Jackass in the world. Fuck that guy

  • Are grandma’s who smoke pot for their aliments thugs too?

  • Please stop plugging this POS douche bag hypocrite attention whore.

  • It is absolutely ok for people to disagree with one another on a myriad of issues. That’s why research, fact-finding studies, negotiation, and compromise processes exist. Name calling and slinging insults are just fear based, non-cognitive behavior that solves absolutely nothing.

  • Mani Shahrokni

  • Zach Galifinakis smoked weed on Bill’s show a few years back.

  • i knew it has something to do with the Pineal gland

  • Zionist pig none the less

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  • I cannot stand this jerk!

  • An Muslim hating Zionist whore smokes pot on tv. Big fucking deal.

  • Kansas can go fuck itself with razor blades!! If you don’t like weed, then don’t smoke it!!! If you do then feel free to do so!!! Quit sticking your brown ass nose in peoples business. This is such a non- sequitur issue that just wont go away. People who hate on marijuana are just plain inbred diarrea spewing busy bodies who have nothing better to do than meddle in what absolutely does not concern them. Good on Bill for lighting up on Television. Either get on board or gtf out of the way. This train is coming, so don’t stand in the way like some stupid deer in the headlights. Actually, do us all a favor and stand in the way and become road kill. The world will be better for it.

    • quite to the point there Robert, and no room for confusion from the other side if there is one.basically i agree, do what you are comfortable with, be who you should be, and dont feel beholden to anyone else than yourself.

    • Noel, its nice to meet you. In such a mixed up world it is refreshing to know there are like minded people out there with their noggin screwed on straight. It is my pleasure to have you as a friend. Keep up the good fight.

  • Lmao.

  • I love Bill Maher

  • Killin’ it

  • Lol!

  • Mike Harris

    Kudos for Bill Maher speaking out, as he has always done on freeing the weed. One thing the media has somewhat missed that Bill touched on was that the family highlighted that had their children seized in Kansas. Raymond Schwab, has been described as a Gulf War Veteran that had his children taken because wanting to move to Colorado. First, Raymond served honorably in the Navy. His tour was ’94’ to ’97. The Gulf war was Aug ’90 to Jan “91 with four days of boots on the ground combat until Iraq surrendered. Second was it was not authorities that started it, it was the mother in law reporting them. A sad story to be sure but not accurate or with proper research.

  • Me too, Bill. Me too.