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Fox analysts mock Paul-Frank bill to decriminalize marijuana

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Fox Business Network's Lou Dobbs and his so-called "A Team" analysts on Wednesday mocked legislation proposed by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D.-Mass.) that would decriminalize marijuana on a federal level and leave its legality to individual states. 

On Thursday, the congressmen plan to introduce their bill, which would "limit the federal government's role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, and allow people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal," according to AFP. 

This legislation could be seen in a positive light (many could view it as a pro-business, pro-freedom, pro-criminal justice, states-rights or constitutionally-accurate move), but Dobbs and his analysts apparently viewed it as a laughing matter. 

"Is that a bright move for a presidential hopeful?" Dobbs asked, barely trying to conceal a smirk. 

"Anything Ron Paul can do will probably lift his chances, because he has none. So I don't think this is going to hurt him. Let's put in that way," said New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin to chuckles. 

"Don't you think Ron Paul's going to lock up that marijuana vote?" said KT MacFarland, a Fox News national security analyst, who then broke into laughter. "They're gonna love him." 

Dobbs then employed a pun, and smirked at Frank and Paul's "joint effort." 

But Chris Stirewalt, Fox News' digital politics editor, provided the kind of thoughtful, reasonable analysis one might expect from an analyst dubbed as part of an "A-Team." He pointed out that Ron Paul is sticking with his libertarian ideals and not pandering. He also added that Paul earned applause in South Carolina for his statements about drug legalization. 

In the latest Gallup poll on the subject, nearly half of Americans said they support legalizing marijuana. Dobbs and his analysts should stop pretending half of the country is a bunch of laughable, stoner idiots. 

 

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