“Real Time with Bill Maher” host discussed cannabis legalization with former Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday’s “Overtime” segment during which he made a provocative prediction.
Maher began with an audience-submitted question: “Why isn’t Biden pushing for federal legalization of marijuana?”
Holder replied: “I think it’s probably something we ought to do given the fact that it is something that would have a great political benefit and also deals with the reality. You know people are using marijuana it’s being legalized across states.”
Maher, a cannabis enthusiast, replied: “I’ve heard that.”
“Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard that you’ve heard that,” Holder said.
After their humorous repartee, they adopted a more serious tone. “Our drug policy needs to catch up with what the reality is. Marijuana is still a Schedule 1 drug. It’s ridiculous, it is ridiculous,” Holder said.
Republicans ‘To Steal The Issue’
“Republicans are going to steal the issue, I think eventually. I mean someone like John Boehner works for a marijuana company now,” Maher said. “I mean it could be one of those freedom issues, and of course, Republicans smoke lots of pot too.”
“Not enough!” Holder replied.
Boehner, former minority House speaker during the Obama administration, joined the board of Acreage Holdings ACRDF in 2018, later launched the National Cannabis Roundtable and was recently accused of stealing data from a fellow marijuana lobbyist.