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“Good thing California has Medical Marijuana, because when the Republicans get rid of Heath Care that’s the only treatment you’re going to have.”
Bill Maher, Brian Cranston and Richard Taite
(Richard Taite is CEO and founder of Cliffside Malibu Addiction Treatment Center.)
BILL MAHER: [overlapping] “Richard Taite, is marijuana a gateway drug?” I hope so, because I need some right now.
RICHARD TAITE: No. No, it’s not.
MAHER: [overlapping] No, exactly.
TAITE: [overlapping] Let me just tell you, I get about five to ten people a year calling me to get their kids or their loved ones off marijuana. I get—
MAHER: [overlapping] Out of how many?
TAITE: [overlapping]—well, I get 90 a day.
MAHER: So, five or ten a year for pot?
TAITE: [overlapping] Yeah. But, I get 90 a day for prescription opiates.
MAHER: [overlapping] Right. Of course. Right.
TAITE: Which gives you the balance.
MAHER: Yes. And this has been a canard for decades that—
TAITE: [overlapping] But, I will say – and you’re probably not going to be happy about this.
MAHER: [he laughs]
CRANSTON: [overlapping] Uh-oh.
TAITE: [overlapping] Okay? You know, we keep getting better as a society, and the science shows now that your – your brain stops developing between the ages of 23 and 25. So, if that’s true, I’d like to see a 25-year-old age limit.
MAHER: For pot?