Advocacy

They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part XLIII

It had to be Seth Rogen this week:

1. He is a well known and very funny celeb.

2. He starred in Pineapple Express.

3. He is well known for being incredibly and vociferously pro-pot.

4. Most importantly, this is his week because of the controversy and eventual launching of The Interview (which by the way, is a bit better than widely portrayed).

But we already did a Seth Rogen quote, in They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part XXIV, for this:

When I first came to L.A. I got caught smoking weed on a beach in Malibu and had to go to court. It was the craziest thing ever. I was thinking, We’re in Los Angeles. There are probably 400 people getting murdered at this second, and these two cops are taking an hour to write up my court summons for smoking a joint on the beach. That just seemed so f***ing ridiculous to me.

So guess we just need another one. But instead of just one quote, we will detail a Twitter interaction Rogen had with Nancy Grace and then we will explain the important difference between causation and correlation and why Nancy Grace is indeed a dumbass, as Rogen alleged.

Here is the Twitter interaction, as recorded by The Wrap:

Cops say daddy eats marijuana & goes crazy. He shoots his wife in the head while she pleads with 9-1-1 for help! #PotToBlame?

– Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) April 17, 2014

If pot makes you mellow and laid back, why does this guy allegedly turn berserk and gun down his wife? #PotToBlame?

– Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) April 17, 2014

@NancyGraceHLN you are a fucking dumbass.

– Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2014

@Sethrogen hi seth! thx for watching!

– Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) April 17, 2014

Just because there is a connection or even a correlation between two things does not mean that one caused the other! For example, every Super Bowl Sunday, people get murdered. Gee, I guess the Super Bowl causes murders. Americans eat a lot of hamburgers and commit a lot of murders. Gee, I guess eating hamburgers causes you to murder people. Murders tend to happen after dinner. Gee, I guess eating dinner causes people to want to murder others. Correlation does not imply causation.

There is no scientific evidence that cannabis leads to violence. None. Zero. Zilch. There probably is some sort of a correlation between marijuana and violence in that marijuana is still illegal in many states (and federally) and those who commit one crime are more likely to commit another, including a violent crime. But that is NOT causation and Nancy Grace is a dumbass to just assume that it is.

On a somewhat related note, cannabis is either legal or widely tolerated in North Korea. Who knew?