Remembering Anderson Cooper's Magical Look At Newly-Legal Colorado

It's no secret that marijuana - not to mention the ongoing efforts to legalize it - is a huge news story. Hell, your parents probably know their indicas from their sativas thanks to the considerable amount of news coverage legalization has received.

But it wasn't always so.

Shortly after the United States' first legal recreational pot stores opened in Colorado on New Year's Day 2014, Anderson Cooper - who turns 49 today - sent a reporter and camera crew to Denver. CNN's Randi Kaye tagged along with a group of marijuana enthusiasts on a tour around the city, visiting dispensaries and sampling their wares in the back of a stretch limousine. But things get really interesting when the segment cuts back to a live interview with Cooper and an obviously giggly Kaye.

"How extensive was your research in the back of that limo?," he asks.

"You know Anderson…it was top-notch."

Yes, it seems that she might have inhaled more pot smoke than she intended. What follows is a seemingly slightly baked Kaye explaining marijuana with the joy and wonder of someone who has just returned from Narnia, while Cooper tries to keep a straight face. Check it out below:

Beautiful. It's like watching a baby deer take its first steps.

Watching this in 2016 does beg the question: why aren't all CNN reporters high? If Wolf Blitzer hotboxed "The Situation Room", I'd watch every night.


It costs an average of $4,000 for police to bring someone up on cannabis changes - but it could run the defendant as much as $20,000 to fight the case. It's no secret that a lot of taxpayer money is wasted each year on enforcing unjust marijuana laws. By some estimates, as much as $3.6 billion is spent every year arresting some 820,000 Americans on cannabis-related charges.

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