Late Night: Stephen Colbert says stoners will decide 2012 election

With five months to go until the election, President Obama and Republican opponent Mitt Romney are virtually tied in the latest polls.

As Stephen Colbert observed on Thursday night, it’s a situation very similar to the 2004 election. That year, anti-gay-marriage initiatives on the ballot in 11 states helped drive conservative turnout and clinch victory for George W. Bush.

This time around, Democrats are optimistic that marijuana-legalization initiatives in states such as Colorado, Michigan and Ohio will motivate young voters and tip the election in Obama’s favor.

“Marijuana support is at a record high, just like its supporters,” Colbert joked. “This is the ultimate grassroots campaign.”

So could the stoners of America decide the 2012 election? It’s an amusing idea, but Colbert was not entirely convinced. “We all know pot smokers are highly motivated, organized and punctual,” he said facetiously. “There is nothing they would love more than getting off the couch, putting on pants, and going to gyms packed with judgmental old people.”

Romney’s only hope come Nov. 6, according to Colbert: a “Planet Earth” marathon on the Discovery Channel.

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