Video: Barney Frank Rips George Will Over Legalization

By Luke Walker 12/19/11

Outgoing congressman blasts columnist for defending marijuana laws

Rep. Barney Frank gets personal on
ABC talkshow.
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Liberal Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank and Conservative Washington Post columnist George Will got into a heated exchange over marijuana legalization on ABC’s "This Week with Christiane Amanpour." Responding to Will's assertion that Democrats favor government meddling in American's economic lives, Frank fired back by noting the G.O.P.'s willingness to legislate such individual issues as gay marriage and legalization of pot.  “If someone wanted to smoke marijuana, an adult, why do you to make them go to jail?” Frank bellowed, arguing that the position ran counter to Will's avowed libertarian leanings. Withering under the Congressman's barrage, Will responded that he needed more time to learn more about marijuana, and that the drug required further study to determine if it's a 'gateway drug.'  “Everything is a gateway drug!,” replied Frank, noting that the issue has been under debate for over a quarter century. "How much time do you need, George? You're on Medicare already!"


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