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CNN's Randi Kaye reports live while on a 'Rocky Mountain High'


CNN's Randi Kaye reports live while on a 'Rocky Mountain High'

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jan 17, 2014

Legal marijuana became available to Coloradans on New Year's Day, and CNN's 360° host Anderson Cooper recently reported on the state's astronomical pot-ductivity since.

CNN reporter Randi Kaye spent a week in a dazed "Rocky Mountain High" beginning CNN's "Gone to Pot" series teaching "what an eighth of an ounce of pot looks like," to closing the coverage on a "Colorado Rocky Mountain High" tour, which she compared to "wine tours in NAPA."


However, the day-long chauffeured limo tour had its windows up, and Kaye quickly fell "victim" to a "contact high."

On live television, quick-witted Cooper took full advantage of the foggy situation and his visibly giggly correspondent. 

When asked about her "extensive research" Kaye said, "you know, Anderson, it was top notch. My brain was a little fuzzy by the time I got out of there... I wasn't thinking right, I couldn't remember some of the questions I wanted to ask in the interview... And I found things to be really funny. Much funnier than I normally do."

Yet the funniest moment was when Kaye said the Colorado joints were "the size of small cannons," as Cooper hilariously held back his amusement. Amid a snort and much laughter, Kaye added, "I think I need to come home."

Cooper followed up Kaye's "bud-ucation" by adding her coverage to his personal "RidicuList." "Just to be clear, I'm not taking potshots at Randi Kaye," Cooper said. "It's just that many of us in the newsroom thought this was pretty much the greatest live hit that was ever on the program and a true career highlight for someone who is always outstanding in her field."

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.