Last Week Tonight: John Oliver Rips on Federal Marijuana Rules


John Oliver, the host of Last Week Tonight, rolled out some rather noteworthy facts on Sunday regarding America’s war on weed – the least of which is that Marijuana is little more than “catnip for people.”

In addition to exposing Richard M. Nixon as “the Mozart of racially motivated lawmaking,” Oliver put America’s most duplicitous marijuana laws under the microscope for public dissection. Now a rapidly growing billion-dollar industry, adult-use marijuana sales are perfectly legal in eight states. Despite the medicinal herb’s legal status, Oliver demonstrated how the prejudicial U.S. tax code continually undermines these legitimate businesses.

“Marijuana businesses have all of the tax liabilities of other businesses, but what they don’t get is one major advantage.” The Last Week Tonight host explained, “You can’t deduct certain expenses.” In other words, “the shop where you bought your weed may pay double the amount of taxes as the shop where you bought that sh***y pizza.”

Up from its 1969 low of just 12%, a recent Gallup poll pegged American support for total legalization at 60%. Like one-hit wonders searching for that second hit of fame,“marijuana is something we’ve just all gradually decided is okay, like Mark Wahlberg as a serious actor.”

Bestowing credit on the Obama Administration for our country’s incremental progress, Oliver cited the progressive advancements as a direct result of Obama’s attitude toward weed. “Basically, ‘I’m not going to hassle you over this unless you make me.’”

Though American voters overwhelmingly embraced marijuana reform during the past election cycle, those safeguards installed by the Obama administration are far from permanent.

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.


  1. John Oliver is the biggest piece of crap on this planet. He’s a puppet to the writers and those who pull his strings. He flip flops like a Clinton.

    • All talk show hosts are. What’s your point? 95% of what’s said on any television show is produced by writers.

  2. It’s too bad your site chooses to use the evil lying government’s M-word. The plant is cannabis, or cannabis hemp. Cannabis is a highly desirable medicinal herb, it is not an undesirable weed, except in the minds of those who denigrate the herb.

  3. He is pretty funny tho (writers included) I enjoyed the clip and I’m happy he helped those folks share their stories to a larger audience.

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