This last week a Congressional drug caucus was held where testimony was provided by Kevin Sabet. As usual, Kevin was ripe with reefer madness. Usually Kevin speaks to crowds that are completely sympathetic to his views, and rarely question anything he says because he has them so snowballed (after all, they are paying thousands of dollars to have him tell them half truths about marijuana policy and science!). But this speaking engagement was different. United States Senator Cory Booker was in attendance, and he didn’t take kindly to Kevin Sabet’s reefer madness tactics.
If you are like me, I’m sure there have been many times where you were watching a Kevin Sabet speech and you wanted to reach through your computer or television and shake him because he’s so off base. Kevin will spout off claims that have little or no basis in fact, reality, or science, and he will do it so effortlessly that it seems as if he truly believes what he’s saying, despite how ridiculous the claim is. The sad thing is that there are actually people out there that believe what he’s saying, without ever doing any research on their own. Had they done any research at all they would learn that Kevin Sabet’s claims can be debunked very easily.
But, there is never anyone there to challenge Kevin in the middle of his baseless rants. Kevin usually is either preaching to the choir, or speaking in a debate format that allows him to speak unimpeded. I have been hoping and praying for a day when Kevin was in front of someone intelligent for the world to see, and to have that person directly call him out on his reefer madness. There have been times where people have come close, but Kevin is a slimy, crafty dodger, so the direct challenge usually misses his mark. But I was very delighted to see that Cory Booker finally got Kevin right in the middle of him ranting. Kevin tried to talk over the Senator, but the Senator wasn’t having it. Below is video footage of the exchange.