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Can you recall your whereabouts on February 12th, 2016 in Los Angeles when Comedian Bill Maher lit and distributed a marijuana cigarette, commonly known as a "joint," during a live TV program? Bill Maher, the host of Real Time, is currently facing a lawsuit filed by the FCC, seeking a staggering compensation of 1.7 million dollars.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed concern about the potential influence on children after witnessing the incident, raising questions about the message it may convey if a young viewer perceives marijuana smoking as acceptable. Some argue that this concern appears hypocritical, given the widespread promotion of alcohol and prescription drugs on television, which implies societal acceptance.
Additionally, one of the show's panel members expressed clear displeasure with the occurrence, suggesting that Bill Maher put her at risk by exposing her to potentially harmful marijuana smoke. Although it is true that no confirmed deaths have been directly caused by cannabis usage, it has undeniably provided significant benefits to numerous patients seeking medical treatment.
There is a concern regarding Bill Maher potentially violating the terms of his medical card holder status in California by sharing his prescription with others. While Maher admits that he may have made a mistake by passing the joint, he asserts that he is not a selfish individual. He casually refers to the phrase "puff, puff pass," which is the customary practice of sharing a joint among a group of people.
Maher concluded his Friday night show by making a pro-cannabis statement and, fittingly, proceeded to smoke and share a joint. This act served as a reminder that it was time to wrap up his own show.