CNN Pot Reporter Gets Stoned On Colorado Story

No question reporting can be a dangerous occupation. But not every story is in a war zone and sometimes the impact of a story on a journalist can be pretty funny. At least it was when CNN broadcast its latest Gone to Pot segment on a cannabis tour of Colorado, which just made recreational pot legal. And as Gawker reported, journalist Randi Kaye seemed more toked than stoked after spending a day around people who were sampling the local goods.

With a big smile -- no, bigger ... bigger -- and a readiness to giggle at almost anything, Kaye's on-air demeanor during a segment of Anderson Cooper 360° suggested she had really gotten into the story and become part of it. She seemed so far gone that Anderson Cooper good-naturedly grilled her on air.

If you want to get to the most relevant part of the clip, you can forward to 4:30. (Or should that be 4:20?)

Cooper: "So, Randi, I gotta ask ... um, how extensive was your research in the back of that limo?"

Kaye: "You know, Anderson, it was top notch. We did very extensive research, I have to tell you. Um, my brain was a little fuzzy..."

Cooper: "Really?"

Kaye: "... by the time I got out of there. Oh, yeah, I wasn't thinking right, I couldn't remember even some of the questions I wanted to ask in the interview, which has never happened to me when I'm reporting in the field, and I found things to be really funny. Um, much funnier than I normally do. So, I think we got a little bit of a contact high, there."

Cooper: "But it was just a contact high, I just want to make that clear. Is that correct?"

Kaye: "Ye-es, it was just a contact because they, you know, they don't have vaporizers yet, even though a lot of the companies want to use them, so, um, the smoke was still there as you could see in that video, there was a lot of smoke, so I don't know how those people did it. I really don't."

She sure doesn't sound like a stone-cold stoner. But can someone really get a contact high? It's a bit fuzzy ... like so many things in a Ganja World. Although there are many anecdotes about people getting contact highs and claiming to have failed drug tests because of them, medical experts tend to disagree with the notion, as Columbia Health notes. Someone can get trace amounts of THC, the chemical responsible for the high, in their blood for about 24 hours, but at levels so small that a drug test shouldn't pick them up.

The site Weedmag says that a contact high might be possible for someone who doesn't smoke regularly and is susceptible to the effects of THC, but "it's more likely you're imagining it." So, maybe Cooper was giving her an out. But that didn't keep him from making her the subject of his show's RidicuList feature for the week.

Hopefully the contact mellow will last longer than the contact high, because the jokes will likely still be around long after the munchies are over.
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