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June 15th, 2009
10:59 PM ET
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Tony

    Anderson,

    I hope all the media attention about Iran's revolution will
    not put a damper on the revolution that is about to take
    place in this country, i.e. health care. The people of
    Iran would agree we have to slove our domestic
    problems first and bring to closure the two war fronts
    our troops are involved in.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:59 am |
  2. J. Barton

    Thank you AJ Caterine, for pointing out that most doctors who are opposed to legalization are psychiatrists, ie. the doctors who prescribe the most dangerous, harmful, pharmaceutical drugs. This group of pill pushers is the only group of doctors who collectively oppose legalization. Coincidence? I think not.

    June 17, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  3. Michelle

    One must first ask why pot is illegal in the first place?? It was made illegal at the time of Prohibition for religious and political purposes – definitely not for medical reasons. How could they have even known its effects on the body at that time when the structure of DNA had not even been elucidated? Since then, our government has fed the public propaganda against it. Maybe that is why the DEA still stands by these lies (they probably would lose some jobs if it were legal). The truth is that it binds to 2 receptors in the body – CB1 and CB2. CB2 is on lymphocytes in the body, and by THC binding to it, it reduces inflammation in the body....good for autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases but bad for those with acute infection. CB1 is in the brain, and THC binding to this receptor induces an intracellular cascade of events that results in the production of euphoric chemicals. People make a protein called anandamide that binds these same receptors, for these same reasons. We would not make something that will bind to our own cells and kill them. Weed does not kill neurons in the brain – these are government lies! There are valid medical reasons for THC usage. Marinol does not work as well as Nature's version. I am glad to see the significant financial and medical benefits are finally being discussed here.

    June 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  4. Legal Eyes

    Everyone will continue to keep using it as much as they want if it is legal or not. It just makes it harder to obtain and costs a lot more. It even gets involved with other drugs because a lot of people have to go through drug dealers to get their pot. The usage will not rise much because a majority of the population has been using it and will continue to so why would you be punished for using it. If it is what the people want and keep fighting it it will be legalized one day.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  5. Phil

    Did recreational marijuana use stop USA Champion Michael Phelps from winning an all-time Olympic record 8 gold medals in one summer? No.
    Did recreational marijuana use stop Jamaican Champion Usain Bolt from setting the all-time world and Olympic record 100 meter sprint?
    No.
    Did recreational marijuana use stop Barack Obama or Bill Clinton from becoming president of the United States of America, and leaders of the free world?
    Absolutely not.
    Stop the lies! Legalize!

    June 17, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  6. tintala

    MARIJUANA= a propagandic term spewed by Henry Anslinger in 1937: the term marijuana doesn't mean a damn thing. Made illegal with fear tactics, reefer madness, racism. Not to mention DUPONTS role in fearing the direct competition for their paper making process which has nothing to do with medicinal cannabis. But they put HEMP and pot in the same category and called it "EVIL"... HEMP and pot would save the economy, and the millions and millions wasted on prosecutions and keeping non violent offenders in jail. A guy raped a 4 yr old got 1yr in jail. Get busted with a seed get 10 yrs in prison with rapist, murders, and violence.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  7. carlos teran

    It's not that the people abuse the system, it's that the system abuses the people. So, yes, please throw it out. People seem so ignorant on this issue, the plant is ancient, cultivation going back 6,000 years. look up irvin rosenfeld, though i believe it should be available for anyone to grow tax free. (though any transactions made on which profit is garnered can and should be taxed).

    June 17, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  8. Beth Indiana

    I am a 54 year old female who has smoked pot for almost 40 years. I have always held a good job, bought my own home, pay taxes and raised a daughter who is going to school to be a nurse, and she doesn't smoke. For several years I drove a semi, and long hauled across the U.S. (I did'nt smoke at this time) and later became a Safety Director of a trucking company. One thing I found ironic was that you could loose your job for something that you did on your couch a few weeks ago, but I knew many drivers who took various drugs because they would leave your system in 72 hours and thry could pass the drug tests when they got back home. Other drugs never interested me, nor do I drink. I think that it is a shame that good people have to worry about what they do in in the privacy of there own home. I told my daughter when she was growing up that I would much rather her get in a car with somebody that has smoked a joint than someone who has drank a couple beers, maybe that is wrong , but its my opinion, and I stick to it.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  9. Christina Bell

    Thank you Anderson for bringing this topic up and addressing it from all angles. Mellissa speaks from the heart, from the KNOWING how in sickness and pain mairjuana is a powerful medicine.

    Make it legal, tax it state by state regulate it as we do with dont drink and drive. The law should focus on the DUI's and repeat offenders killing people, using Legal Alcohol mixed with stupid.

    Cannabis / Hemp outlawed in 1937 for what reason?
    Figure out a way to tax it, supply it legally, and keep it away from kids / schools.

    Now that would be a powerful stimulas package, and get our deficit under control!

    Bless
    The herbal supplement made just for Marijuana Users

    June 16, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  10. healthprosperitylife

    Due to the fact that Marijuana helps the sick feel better and the depressed be happy, stressed to relax, the no appetite to have appetite and not starve of nutrition should be grown naturally like any other food or teas. It is a medical herb with nutrition to aid sick people. They just need to stop adding chemicals to everything naturally healthy for us because it strips the vegetation of all it nourishment's of vitamins and minerals

    June 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  11. Phyllis

    Please tell me why my comment on medicinal marijuana is not being posted? I think it is a great message for patients with Multiple Sclerosis and the doctors treating these patients. Upset in Indiana!

    June 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  12. Robb

    I have to hand it to PAT LAVERY's Outstanding Blog-comment about AC presenting "A BIASED Anti-Pot" piece on the "Re-Run" of last night's show airing this morning (It did change into "Reefer Madness" overnight)... Shame on you Anderson! Can We expect more of this from YOU on your "Fair & Balanced show?" I'm loosing trust in you bud! Don't wus out on America now... Home of the Brave, Land of the free, remember them?

    June 16, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  13. Charis Webb

    As interesting as it is to discuss the pallative effects of marijuana for those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer I find it much more interesting to look into the research being done with marijuana as a cancer cure. I would love to see an indepth story on the research being done by Shawn McAllister at California Pacific Research Center in San Francisco using breast cancer with mets to bone as his model, (the cancer that Elizabeth Edwards is suffering from) and the research of Manuel Guzmán’s research teams at Complutense University and Autonoma University in Madrid, Spain. Guzmans research found that cannabis’ active ingredient, THC, killed tumor cells in advanced cases of glioma, a quick-killing cancer for which there is currently no effective treatment. This is the cancer that Ted Kennedy is now struggling with.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  14. Jo

    All of Melissa Etheridge's points were very well put together. Thanks for interviewing her.

    The "Lisa" deal was annoying. That is a very random statistic to use for an example. People have bad reactions to things.... It happens. And she's the dummy for waking up and smoking or driving in her car and doing it. It wasn't the pot that was bad, it was her.

    And people against pot (that don't know anything about it but it's the devil's herb) are going to run with it and see "see it's bad!".

    Lisa was not a good argument why it shouldn't be legal. And unfortunate some people will think pot is that much scarier.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  15. Steve Zeledon

    In a recent article in the Economist Magazine entitled "A Pot of Gold", a case was made for ending our counterproductive "War on Drugs". In a manner that is intuitively understandable, the article lays out the many benefits that would accrue, from saving the $40 billion we spend every year trying to eliminate the supply of drugs, to eliminating the arrest of over 1.5 million citizens each year and the incarceration of over one half million of them. Treating the cultivation of marijuana the same as we do that of our wine industry would reduce by 70% the flow of money to the Mexican cartels and save over 6,000 lives being lost each year to drug violence. In addition, the benefits to local economies and the tax revenues gained there from would be huge.
    Why then, don't we turn our crisis in Mexico into an opportunity to change a failed policy?

    June 16, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  16. Marie

    Melissa Etheridge should be commended for speaking out about the medicinal uses of the "evil weed" that many people use for pain relief. We legalized alcohol years ago, and that, in my opinion, is one of the worst drugs in our society. I know of many marriages, family relationships, and lives that have been destroyed by alcohol. I also know a few harmless "potheads" who have very loving and lasting relationships with their spouses and children and they hurt no one. Wake up America! We need to tap into this product as a revenue source, if nothing else. As a voter, if given the choice, I would vote for pot and against alcohol!

    June 16, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  17. Pat Lavery

    I watched this interview and Randi Kaye's piece on the woman who was prescribed medical marijuana and became addicted and suicidal. When the stories ran last night, they were followed by brief discussions and disclaimers by AC and Randi where we learned that the woman in question was in favor of medical marijuana, and in my view, should have taken the advice of her own doctor or therapist rather than searching the internet for a doctor who would just write a blank prescription for as much pot as she wanted. Here's my problem – when it ran this morning, it wasn't shown back to back with the Melissa Etheridge interview, and no disclaimers were given afterward, leaving the piece looking like a scare piece biased against medical marijuana. It's fair and balanced on AC's show, but it turns into Reefer Madness when the demographic doesn't support it.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  18. Meg

    I'm currently watching last night's AC360, and I personally do support the use of marijuana. What I found more interesting than Melissa Etheridge experience, was the woman "Lisa". I am not a "know it all" when it comes to diagnoses, but I have a lot of experience working with patients with mental health issues. From acknowledging the effects of marijuana, it is not going to change a person's state of depression. It is a sedative. Not to mention that not every person has issues with addiction. Aside from the law, many people are using marijuana across the United States. I personally don't think that marijuana is going to have stronger negative effects on our society if legalized, than alcohol already does. It is one thing to use a alcohol or marijuana, another to abuse it.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  19. Responsible Tax Payer

    Melissa Etheridge had some excellent points. I wish other celebs who partake would step it up like her. But then society would judge them b/c of the devil weed and they would lose their audience.

    And yet everyone can advertise, talk about, and promote alcohol. But you can't talk about that scary devil weed.

    Come on Hollywood. Get involved....

    June 16, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  20. robert rios

    Had a knee replacement and surgery on my right knee,took medication like skelaxin,oxycodone,anthrotec and lyrica. But none of these medication that i took just relieve the pain for a while,but started smoking marijuana and the level of the pain is lower than when i was taking all of those pill.I smoke half of joint in the afternoon and the pain is control. There are so many people like me who has to buy it to be able to function day by day,would to see the government of puerto rico legalized it for medical reason. Thank you robert rios from cabo rojo puerto rico.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:10 am |
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