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Tonight on AC360°, Anderson will be reporting live again from the U.S.-Mexico border on the rising drug violence. For months, Mexico's cartels have been clashing with police with deadly consequences. About 7,300 people have been killed since January 2008. One of the many questions we'll tackle tonight is: Would legalizing drugs in the U.S. stop the violence?
Today, in a lighthearted moment during a White House online town hall meeting, President Obama said he received a lot of questions about the potential of legalizing marijuana and then taxing it to rake in the cash.
"This is a fairly popular question... I don't know what this says about the online audience," the president joked. He then got serious and added, "No, I don't think this is a good strategy to grow our economy."
Do you agree with the President? Share your thoughts below.
Consider these facts on marijuana from a recent government survey:
– Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug in the United States.
– Nearly 98 million Americans over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once.
– Over 14 million had used the drug in the month before the survey.
We'll have all the angles on this debate tonight. Anderson will talk with two people on different sides of the issue.
Join us for that and more starting at 10pm ET.
See you then!
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