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Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks About 'Smoking a Few Jays'

During a "StarTalk" episode on Facebook Live, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson favored legalizing marijuana. Here's how the exchange with co-host Chuck Nice went: 

Nice (asking a question submitted by MassRoots' Tom Angell): Should marijuana be legalized?

Tyson: I think if you really analyze it relative to other things that are illegal, there's no reason for it ever to have been illegal, in the system of laws.

Nice: That is extremely rational, which I would expect from you, and you're absolutely right.

Tyson: Alcohol is legal and it can mess you up way more than smoking a few jays.

Nice: I can tell you've never smoked weed in you life, because you were just like, "Smoking a few jays." It was like an ABC after school special: "Are you smoking a few jays now?"

Tyson: The last time I was, like, in a cloud of it, that's how people spoke.

Nice: Right on. 

Tyson hosted Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey in 2014.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, editor-in-chief of Freedom Leaf, co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness, and the former editor of High Times.