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Posted on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 10 a.m.

Comedian and FoxNews Contributor features Ann Arbor residents in mini-documentary on marijuana

By Kyle Mattson

Detroit native and conservative pundit Steven Crowder is no stranger to the viral nature of the Internet. His political videos with comedic tone covering topics from Detroit to redistribution of wealth have raked up nearly 15 million views, occasionally featured on Fox News, and almost always guaranteed to stir up debate.

His most recent video titled "MARIJUANA!! The Truth!" was released Monday and is generating plenty of conversation. In the video, filmed entirely around Ann Arbor, Crowder questions individuals regarding their stance on marijuana. Featured in the video is Psychiatrist Phyllis Boniface, a former police officer, as well as a number students from the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Public Schools' Community High School.

Watch the entire video below then let us know your take.


Jaime Magiera

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

I'm not sure how many people caught this, but Crowder is the person who got clocked at the Pro-Union rally in Lansing. Karma is a *****.

Elaina Peterkin

Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

For more information, look at Huron High School's Emery article.


Fri, Nov 30, 2012 : 7:01 a.m.

Posted in the entertainment section ... " Comedian and FoxNews Contributor..." is read in the head line... Not news, not 100% factual, not a reporter. Hmmm get your heads out of your butts people. Laugh and enjoy.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 7 p.m.

Surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet, but better late than never. In addition to the logical fallicies and selective statistics in this film, Steven Crowder's on-camera medical expert is Phyllis Boniface. Boniface is a right-wing conservative involved in anti-marijuana activism. Her politicized presentation at last year's medical marijuana panel in Chelsea, MI claimed that "marijuana is not medicine!", "physicians do not support this legislation!" and sought to link businessman George Soros as one of the "true forces behind legalization." (Quotes directly from her presentation.) Boniface's controversial views on this topic include linking recent acts of violence and/or terrorism with marijuana use, such as the attack on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. In an interview quoted on, Boniface said she believes marijuana puts latent psychosis "on steroids," saying that "the heinous crimes of the Colorado shooter, the bizarre face-eater in Miami and the pentagon shooter had only marijuana in their systems at the time of their crimes and were known to be heavy early MJ users." Finally, Boniface's husband is Dr. Rob Steele, a Sarah Palin-endorsed right-wing conservative and Tea Party favorite who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010. He also ran for the U of M Regents in 2011 with Tea Party funds. Steele is a founding shareholder of Michigan Heart PC, which has the usual links to big pharma. While there, Steele chaired the Finance Committee. In 2011, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System acquired Michigan Heart for an undisclosed purchase price. So consider the source. There's a hidden agenda here. It's a shame these Community High kids (mostly minors) were made unknowing accomplices in what's clearly a political propaganda piece attempting to go viral. - please reconsider providing free publicity to these disingenuous political efforts. Or if you do, please include relevant investigative repo


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 7:02 p.m.

Should end with : Please include relevant investigative reporting. Thank you.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 4:56 p.m.

Dear Psychiatrist Phyllis Boniface, You failed to mention that our brains have natural cannabis receptors. Meaning willing and ready to intake such chemicals. Built that way, DNA formed that way. Come on doc just b/c your pretty certificate on the wall says you cannot legally prescribe cannabis doesn't mean that you should leave key points out. We are humans we have livers and receptors. All that is to say is a liver can be used as an alcohol receptor. Just as we have Cannabis livers in our brain.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

Amazing how uneducated the people are who choose to make comments on the herb. Most all drugs are natural. Big pharma and science have found away to extract the usefulness of some and distribute it through the body. Psychology uses medicines for the mind, altering chemicals in your brain to make you "normal" We weren't created using cookie cutters why must we all be the same? I don't agree with using marijuana before the age of 20. Unless you have cancer. Why? b/c like the doc said your mind is still growing, neurons are still forming and making connections. Let all that stuff happen and then use. Figure out who you are before you destroy who you can be. HOWEVER... in concentrated dosage it is a powerful fight against cancer. Wonder why all those tribes people never die of anything cancer related? The Ganja! Herbs become helpful in concentrated doses. I have known many cancer patients who have over come their illness by using Simpson oil ( a very high concentrated form of marijuana). THC is NOT the medical property of marijuana, CBD's and CBN's are. You can call THC a side effect, like you would drowsiness or amplified paranoia in other legal big pharma meds. Educate the public stop letting them think they know what the heck they are talking about. Then allow them to vote and change the world we live in today. I bet we would have thousands less cancer patients (especially those created by side effects of there drugs/ pollutants/ exposures) if it were legal. Why, b/c more would be available at the correct potency to create mass amounts of Simpson Oils to be used to counteract or even prevent such cancers. I agree FREE THE WEED.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 3:46 p.m.

Report of cured cancer: cures colon cancer: More proof: please note that the oils used cost a lot to make and are dangerous to make. Usually a 160mL syringe costs about $150. But it works. MY FAVORITE STORIES ARE WHEN CHILDREN ARE SAVED AND NOT HURTING ANY MORE.

Andrew Hurst

Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 2:34 a.m.

Everything changes your brain. There is no long term effects of marijuana though. And the guy being targeted for being crazy said he has been arrested for DUIs so I wouldn't be surprised if alcohol caused that. And another misleading statistic is the number of STATE prisoners, last time i checked you didn't go to STATE prison for just weed. And there is 1.4% of STATE prisoners for just weed. First of all you don't go to state prison for just weed and second the larger crimes with marijuana have other things such as gun charges and violence involved (because it's illegal) so this statistic is skewed now look at the number of people in jail for marijuana and laugh at his point. And by the way 1.4% is still a large amount of people even though this statistic is skewed. Too bad there's people like him that are closed minded and ignorant.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

People believe Prison and Jail to be the same. Although they both hold humans and there are many similarities, more people are in jail for marijuana not prison. Why? b/c the length and degree of the charge. I wish more educated people would speak up.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 1:29 a.m.

As a Community student as well I fine this offense. Of course when it comes to drugs you just have to go to Community to talk about it. You have your druggies in every school WE are not the only school that has them. In fact as someone had stated before Community is the smallest high school only 440 kids. What I find partically offense is that instead of choosing one of the big schools (Huron, Pioneer, Skyline) they go the smallest which has had the reputation of being druggies. Not everyone that goes does drugs. There are tons of people that I know that have never done any drugs at all. You have your shady kids and good kids in every school. This the total stero type of Community and this only weakens the great reputation we have always struggled to build because of the lies other people say about the school.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 10:27 p.m.

Vegan, I would expect someone in high school to be able to form a proper sentence. Also, *offensive, not offense.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 3:54 p.m.

Maybe b/c the other students didn't want to come clean via the internet. So what the only ones who wanted to talk about using were "grunge" or whatever. You would be surprised at how many people considered to be upstanding use and abuse drugs more harmful than MaryJ. Gabriel Richard, when I went to school had more pill poppers and alcoholics than I even knew existed. Not to mention, Community probably gave the ok to question and record on property. (although I am not positive. ) Yes every school has their "population" of users, so please don't take it so personally.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 11:18 p.m.

I love this video and will be passing it on as often as I can. It is such plain logic and yet so many people insist the are experts and know more than common sense. It is so sad that Ann Arbor is supposed to be such an educated area and yet there are so many people that can't understand that drugs are bad.

Kerry Fingerle

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 10:19 p.m.

This is very poor, biased journalism. How many students did the reporter actually interview? Part of the responsibility of journalists is to show BOTH sides of the situation. Why weren't teachers and professors of these schools interviewed? Why weren't legal consequences of being caught with marijuana in Ann Arbor discussed (both city consequences and state consequences, the latter being enforced through University security)? Why does the tagline for the video say "some states" when Michigan was the only one mentioned? It should be said that the people in Ann Arbor interviewed were high school and college students. Also, it isn't a journalists job to single out ONE high school in a town (especially one of the SMALLEST high schools) and use that as a supposed "accurate representation" of the school and town's stance on the legalization and side-effects of marijuana. Community High School surely cannot have been the only school this reporter thought to go to, right? Ann Arbor has THREE other high schools, all of which with a population of over 1,000 students. It's astounding that nothing else was considered: socioeconomic status, level of drug-education, the prominence of marijuana among students and teenagers in Ann Arbor versus the adults/greater population in Ann Arbor. Although, I suppose I was foolish to expect anything unbiased from Fox News....


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

You can only show both sides if there are two sides. You would be surprised to know how many users there are verse nonusers.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 9:41 p.m.

Accually im a student at Community High School.. and this is video is such a lie. Ann should not be saying bad things about Community High, It just makes us look bad, you guys dont go there you know nothing about Community.

Kyle Mattson

Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 8:43 p.m.

OldCherry- Please note the video was not produced by an staffer and this article is filed under our entertainment section. Similar to most other news outlets we run a mix of content from crime to detailed government reports, sports, and anything that has a notable connection to our community. Steven Crowder has a sizable following and directly spoke with a number of people here in Ann Arbor for the video including multiple Community High students which is why we posted it.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 8:28 p.m.

I see Community High mentioned once in the story: 'Featured in the video is ..., as well as a number students from the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Public Schools' Community High School.' I see what you mean. The reporter was way out of bounds here. I would like to think that you are someone who is intentionally trying to make Community High look bad; and that HRD above is a more typical Community High student/graduate. I would like to, really I would.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 4:01 p.m.

Well due to your statement we all now know they have not educated you enough to write properly. Or construct a proper paragraph. Community High makes Community High look bad, just as the brawl at another school made them look bad. Or even the rap and murder at a different school made it look bad. To each their own. Did you even think to ask if the reporter would or tried to follow up at different schools? No you didn't b/c you cannot form that type of thought. The reporter nor said anything bad about your school. Finish your education, learn to read and interrupt journalism correctly then come back in a few years when that is done and comment on articles you can understand properly.

Unusual Suspect

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 9:37 p.m.

Anybody else think it's funny that he focused on Community High School students?


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 10:36 p.m.

I went to Community High School for my senior year. And that year we had more Honor Role students than both Pioneer and Huron High School combined.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 8 p.m.

What a bunch of lies. After interviewing many students who say they smoke marijuana and don't seem crazy or impaired, he trots out one obviously deranged person to try to prove his point. There is no proof that marijuana made the man deranged, but that is the implication. How about some real facts?


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

I guess I missed the funny part.

rusty shackelford

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

Can't bring myself to watch. Drug war ends within 20 years, though. War on weed could go down within a decade. Oregon will pass a law legalizing it in the next election if not before, and soon after it will pass in CA. Once California goes, the whole country goes. The feds can't enforce an antiquated law on 35+million people. They'll either give up then or (more likely) fight for another 5 years before losing.

Matt Tuck

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 5:54 p.m.

the idea that marijuana is harmless because it is natural is completely false. coca leaves and morphine are natural too. I guess they must be harmless


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

Coca and morphine and other opiate type drugs were used in many ways and not harmful. But that was in the day of the witch doctor. You would use the drug and stay in the care of the doctor as you envisioned and hallucinated. The pain went away you fought your demons and you were better when you left. Raw materials are yes much stronger and can be very harmful if not used properly, and in the care of a practicing doctor. Congrats on your choice. However it is your own and not others. To each their own. I do like the fact that you made this comment as many people try to stay away from it due to big-pharma or b/c they are RXed and it's different. It's not different. An herb is an herb, society coined them "drugs". Ever notice how the longevity of human life has shortened when we cut out the voodoo and witch doctors. How we regulated what could and could not be ingested even though it grew from this earth. Yes we should continue to educate on poisonous plants verse non poisonous but a plant is a plant is a plant.

Unusual Suspect

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 11:55 p.m.

I'd like to believe that, but the numerous ruined lives of my friends who lie in it's wake convince me otherwise.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 10:53 p.m.

You're correct when you say marijuana being natural is not what makes it harmless. The fact that it does not cause harm is what makes it harmless.

Unusual Suspect

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 9:36 p.m.

Sure, Blue Marker, as soon as we regain the ability to choose our own light bulbs.

Blue Marker

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 7:28 p.m.

Who's presenting the idea it's harmless? I think most know its benefits and pitfalls. The question is should individuals be able to make a decision on their own without government interference?

rusty shackelford

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 6:48 p.m.

I've never heard anyone seriously make that argument, so... touche?

Matt Tuck

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 5:59 p.m.

I dont care if it is legalized or kept illegal. I will choose not to use marijuana regardless.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

The only thing that qualifies Steven Crowder as a comedian is the fact that he's a Fox News contributor. It would be more appropriate to say he's a joke!


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 5:28 p.m.

This feels to me like an audition tape for a TV traffic reporter job at a station somewhere west of Yuma.

Beth Wilson

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 5:14 p.m.

Small government only applies when the facists approve.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 5:05 p.m.

I'm confused. Aren't small government conservatives supposed to be against government intervention in our personal lives?


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 4:39 p.m.

Deceptive statistics, selective interviews, and an unwillingness to give any serious thought to a different position. No wonder Fox News loves Steven Crowder!


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 4:17 p.m.

so it seems that he's skewed his statistics by forming the question to be answered in a narrow and specific way. When you take into account a lot of other factors you will find his statistics on marijuana imprisonment to be a lot larger than what he presents as fact. Marijuana users who have no other prior criminal convictions? Laughable. This is a fluff piece. And the psychiatrist who tells about marijuana changing the brain, well, so does alcohol and other drugs, including prescription. So does most any substance you ingest. You ever hear the term "you are what you eat?" Anyways, i've seen garbage like this presented as factual, when all it really is, is a video with a particularly biased slant. You include what you wish to convey, stack the stats in your own particular bias by the criteria you use to arrive at your particular statistics (kind of like the BLS with unemployment stats) and you edit out anything that doesn't support your premise. Lightly entertaining fluff, but fluff nonetheless.

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 3:52 p.m.

a fascinating 8+ minutes. coincidentally i used to know the "old guy" who appears in several shots.


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 3:43 p.m.

Wow.......this really is disturbing, but it will be poo-pooded by Ann Arborites as comedy. They don't like to be confused with the on Garth...........


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 6:59 p.m.

Please enlighten us?


Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 6:13 p.m.

Facts?! LOL...