Comedian Steven Colbert made fun of ResponsibleOhio's marijuana mascot, Buddie, during a segment on The Late Show on Tuesday. ResponsibleOhio is the political action committee backing Issue 3, a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio. (ResponsibleOhio on Facebook)
Stephen Colbert takes potshots at marijuana mascot pushing Ohio Issue 3
Sep 18, 2015
Cleveland.com - COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's marijuana legalization ballot issue earned a few laughs Tuesday on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
In a four-minute segment on the show, Colbert mentioned smoking buckeyes, Willie Nelson, Columbus-based Wendy's, and Buddie, the mascot Issue 3 supporters created to pitch their plan to college-aged voters.
"For the first time in history, Ohio could legally be round on both ends and high in the middle," Colbert said to open the segment.
Colbert joked that Ohio, unlike Colorado and Oregon, is not known for its marijuana use.
"That's America's heartland where folks are supposed to get high on elbow grease, huff the can-do spirit and freebase a buckeye," Colbert said.
Colbert introduced a national audience to Buddie, the mascot developed by ResponsibleOhio, the political action committee backing Issue 3. Marijuana advocates and opponents alike have criticized Buddie for appealing to children and for making light of the marijuana legalization movement.
"If you're a college student who's high and you see Buddie, I'm not sure you're going to go to the voting booth. I'm pretty sure you're going to check yourself into a psych ward," Colbert said. "I'm not convinced that is marijuana. It's got a B on its chest and it kind of looks like a giant Brussels sprout."
“If you choose to consume, please do so responsibly.”