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Jimmy Kimmel invited to Humboldt State after pot jokes

January 10, 2013 |  6:32 am

The marijuana jokes were funny, Humboldt State officials said, but it's time Jimmy Kimmel visit campus to make up for his pot shots.

After the comedian cracked jokes about the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research on an episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live", school officials have invited him to address students at commencement.

“We thought some of your lines were actually pretty funny, as did many on campus,” wrote college President Rollin C. Richmond and student government President Ellyn Henderson, in a Dec. 17 letter to Kimmel. “However, like many students and alumni we also felt you shortchanged Humboldt State University, portraying all of our students as pot-obsessed slackers. That is not fair and this invitation offers you a chance to grow a little and make up for it.”

If Kimmel's schedule doesn’t permit time for the May 18 ceremonies, officials also suggested a possible visit the Arcata campus in the fall for a lecture or performance.

“Besides,” the letter continues, “we figure you owe us. Humboldt State provided you with just over 3 minutes of pretty good material.”

The segment was part of a Nov. 27 episode, and Kimmel says that to get into the school “you have to fail a lot of very rigorous drug tests.”

The institute, Kimmel deadpans, plans lectures and research on how marijuana relates to economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology, but “they’ll probably just end up playing Ultimate Frisbee.”

The three-minute segment also included a mock promotional video in which prospective students are invited to prepare themselves for a “low-pressure career in such exciting fields” as dog walking, snow board rental, pizza delivery, dressing up as Chewbacca, and “living in a van and selling friendship bracelets and patchouli oil.”

Humboldt County is known for its marijuana farms that proliferate in the rural, densely-forested North Coast region.

Petroske acknowledged that despite topics such as regulatory reform, Dutch drug policies and the impact of marijuana toxicants on forest wildlife, reaction to the institute has been less than sober.
But the goal is rigorous scholarship and improving the dialogue of the public policy debate.

“The important thing is that the institute continues to do important work ... in all facets of ways marijuana is impacting society," he said. "It may provide low-hanging fruit for comedians but this is serious work that needs to be done.”

The college has yet to receive a reply from the late night talk-show host, said spokesman Jarad Petroske.

Kimmel could not be reached for comment. A show spokeswoman said the comedian had just returned from hiatus and may not have seen the Humboldt State invite.

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