There’s investigate research as a journalist, and then there’s this. CNN reporter Randi Kaye was visibly stoned during a report on “ganja-preneurs” and their businesses in Colorado, where marijuana is now legal for adults over the age of 21. Kaye traveled with a group under Rocky Mountain Colorado High Tours, all of whom visited marijuana dispensaries and smoked joints in a limousine. Afterwards, Kaye was so high during her post-interview with Anderson Cooper that he called her out on it.
“We did very extensive research. My brain was a little fuzzy by the time I got out of there,” said Kaye. “I wasn’t thinking right. I couldn’t remember some of the questions that I wanted to ask in the interview, which has never happened to me when I’m reporting out in the field. And I found things to be really funny. Much funnier than I normally do.”
However, she denied actually partaking in a joint and said she had “a little bit of a contact high.” Cooper gave an eye raise after she made that statement and said that she needed “to come back to the east coast. You might want to wash your clothes before going through security to the airport. He then ended the segment by flat-out stating, “I think she’s high.” Although Kaye certainly wasn’t breaking any laws with her “contact high,” many would question the professional integrity of someone willing to get stoned before appearing on camera.
A CNN poll for the segment showed that just 12% of those surveyed think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, while 73% believed that alcohol was more dangerous. A similar poll from 40 years ago showed that survey takers were split on the issue.