June 15th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/15/09

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Tonight on 360°, election rage in Iran. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Tehran today to protest the country's presidential election. It was the largest anti-government demonstration since the 1979 revolution, and it turned bloody.

There are reports at least one person in the march was killed by milita members loyal to current Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The demonstrators are supporters of Mir Hussein Moussavi, and believe he was robbed of the presidential palace. Official results of Friday's election show Ahmadinejad won with more than 62 percent of the vote. But was it a legit vote? And, what does this all mean for U.S. relations with Iran? We'll have all the angles.

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  1. corey

    I don't think this women was physically addicted I think it was more of a mental issue due to her bipolar disorder. My mom is the same way with alcohol and is bipolar but alcohol is still legal.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Phil

    People have adverse reactions to prescription drugs and yet medical marijuana is still not an option for many Americans. Abuse is common amongst people who drink, and their is NO medical relief from using alcohol-so why did we repeal prohibition? Enough with the government controlling the decisions of law abiding citizens, we don't live in Iran, we have fundamental rights-and medical marijuana should be a viable option!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  3. lars-az

    people with bi-polar disorder are not supposed to smoke pot, duh. this lady obviously has problems which are made worse by smoking pot. so dont smoke pot. but for those of us whom it does help, we should have the right to buy, smoke, or grow without criminal charges. alcohol kills how many people daily? and it's legal?! stop the lies and persecution!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Larry

    It is strange to think that in the "land of the free" marijuana is illegal. While it should not be legal to drive while high and you shouldn't work while high, the same social rules and laws apply to alcohol. Those becoming addicted to marijuana is just like alcoholism, it is a problem that is separate from an individuals right to smoke it in their own home. Perhaps we would be better to legalize and tax it, then use the taxes to pay for education and advertising about the harms, just like cigarettes.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  5. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    Um, Yeah, I don't think it is a good idea for bi-polar disorders to be using anything. They should not even drink!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Michael in VA

    LISA is full of it..... BI-POLAR DISORDER..... that's the cause...

    maybe you should talk to her DR to find out why they would give it to someone so unstable.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  7. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    You can't judge a person until you have walked a mile in thier shoes when it vccomes to pain and suffering form diseases you would do anything to relieve the apin and sick feeling so why not use pot ?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  8. Di

    Re: Lisa

    Marijuana should not be prescribed to treat mental disorders.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  9. Harrison

    Marijuana, like any drug, is not suitable for all. Like the teacher we heard from tonight, I know a close friend with Bipolar Disorder who has been hospitalized for a long term stay after marijuana use. I am an avid marijuana smoker, and I have learnt that it effects everyone differently. It is a drug, no matter how harmless. That being said, I don't know what other group besides the mental disabled and those with lung issues that would be effected negatively by cannabis.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  10. Charlie from LA

    Lisa has a pre-existing psychological condition. She should not be using marijuana. Here's a reason why it should be regulated.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  11. RevRayGreen

    being a MS patient, I can tell you straight I am living proof medical marijuana word.........this woman Lisa is a bad example and probably FOS......

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  12. JD Heights

    The ONLY reason that "pot" is still illegal is because of momentum. Since everyone has been force feed the idea that its bad no one questions it and just follows along.

    Judge people, not the substance.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  13. Elliot Klein

    Legalizing pot really takes little thought:
    Take away masses of income from criminals; save the billions spent on interdiction, arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment; tax the legal sales and use the revenue to educate young people about the dangers of real drugs and to rehab addicts.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  14. Average Joe

    It is all about responsibility. If you abuse anything, you are doing it wrong. The government profits from making pot against the law. "Lisa" is not the average pot smoker

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  15. john

    You want to stimulate the economy, then legalize pot!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  16. earthspirit1147

    Last Friday I spent the night in jail. Of the twelve of us in the holding cell 100% were in there on alcohol related offenses. Not possesions or DUI's even, but crimes against people and property. People don't act this way on weed!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  17. jeff

    i think pot should be legal for everyone. Everyone can get pot at anytime and it will bring in taxes for our failing economy.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  18. Jenn, Cleveland OH

    Marijuana is already out of hand, and too many people use it. I don't have that much of a problem with it, but it needs to be contained. If it becomes legal everywhere, people will abuse it and it will grow until it starts to become a real problem.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  19. trent anderson

    im a 14 years old and i don't understand what the big deal of pot? i bet that over half of the kids that go to my high school do pot and yet our school is one of the best academic schools in ohio. i don't understand the big deal. i just don't

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  20. john

    i have been smoking medical marijuana for 3 years for my crohn's disease. I am in constant pain everyday and without the medical marijuana i would not be able to raise my son, go for a walk, go to the grocery store or any other simple everyday things that people who are not sick take for granted. i am lucky enough to be in a state where it is allowed and i hope that many other states will take a real close look at the real affects of marijuana.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  21. Kenneth

    Just imagine the jobs and tax revenue generated by federal legalization of Marijuana. And I completely agree that alcohol IS far more destructive.

    And I don't think Marijuana is the correct medication for bipolar disorder. That's her own personal mistake.

    I use it for pain and nausea caused by chemo and radiation therapy...and I thank god for it!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  22. randy

    i have used MJ for 2 blown disc in my lower back. since i have been using it i have not taken pain medications at all. please leagalize it!!!!!!! it works

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  23. Rebekah

    RE: the woman using medical marijuana for her bipolar disease.... maybe we shouldn't use medical marijuana for bipolar disease! just saying.
    and she should have a physical doctor tell her to take it. she obviously shouldn't have gotten her hands on it in the FIRST place.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  24. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokan't)

    at least you were respected, right?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  25. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Marijuana is a drug, just like tobacco is addictive. And if it is going to be used for medicinal purposes it needs to be controlled like a regular prescription medication.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  26. Reza

    Hi Anderson. Thanks for covering the situation in Iran. I guess anybody who had followed the election closely has no doubt about it being a fraud. Several people has been shot to death and unfortunately there are more to come. The only way to stop it is through international pressure.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  27. Lisa

    I've smoked for 20 years. Mainly for insomnia and bi polar. My mother now suffering from cancer and avidly against the drug is now considering it just so she can eat.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  28. Mike smith

    Look at it this way if you take pot off the streets you put a lot of drug dealers out of work.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  29. Nick

    A lot of things that are legal hurt people. A lot of things that are advertised to help people, hurt people. Marijuana is something that can hurt you. But doesn't everything these days give you cancer anyway? It has its good and bad points, like everything else.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  30. dennis chappin

    Right on Melissa! My wife has liver cancer and pot is the ONLY thing that gives her relief. Even her doctor said to use it. When is the medical world going to see that this is one of the most helpful non manufactured drugs to help a basically non-curable disease's.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  31. Joe- CT

    I'm interested to hear from this teacher who had a bad experience... as far as i know Marijuana is not supposed to be used to treat mental disease...
    Also I distrust many people who are not willing to show their identity.

    Lastly, you cannot be addicted to Marijuana... at least not physically. I am a teacher and I am appalled she would smoke on the job. I like to smoke but never around children.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  32. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    @Anderson Were you still with Channel One then when you were reporting form Iran ?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  33. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    Wow Anderson! You have been around the block! More accurately, the planet! Glad you are still with us 🙂

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  34. Michael

    Marijuana can be addictive. This should not be a reason for prohibition though. We KNOW nicotine is addictive. We know that alcohol can be addictive. Simply saying that something is or can be addictive is not a reasonable justification for prohibiting that substance. Anything can be addictive. There are people addicted to world of warcraft. Does that mean that video games should be illegal? Absolutely not. As with any other substance the user must assume some level of responsibility and be aware that any substance or behavior can be addictive.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  35. Zach, Peoria, Az

    Why does the person apposing person of marijuana not showing her face. Claiming its addictive... Cmon now...

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  36. Kevin

    I am a cancer survivor who uses marijuana, and it has helped me a great deal. Prescription drugs had much worse sad effects. I live in a state without Medical Marijuana. I am not a criminal ... just a person who needs a natural remedy.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  37. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    How long did Lisa have a depression history?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  38. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    I think it would be approriate for 360 to report if the teacher had any previous addictive traits, before she was approved for medical marijuana.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  39. wolflover

    POT should be legalized and taxed like tobacco. Why have to move to CA? I too am Bi-Polar and pot helps tremendously!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  40. starr formerly known as vincent


    I saw your post about some of the "guard"s being Palestinian.

    I don't mean to be niave, but why would there be Palestinians actively involved in Iran? What exactly are they doing and how many would your family esitmate there are?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  41. Andrew Z

    Cannabis is not addictive. Mentally addcitive is a made up word that can be applied to most things. Most americans are mentally addicted to TV and fast food but we don't make them illegal do we? I doubt you could find anyone that does not have mental issues that has ever felt suicidal from the use of cannabis. I have chronic back pain, chronic depression, and anxiety and cannabis has greatly helped me with this. Its called self control!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  42. Crissy

    i see nothing wrong with smoking pot my grandfather was hurt in the military and was dying they came to the house ever day with a joint for him to relax and heal from the bullet wounds and then later when he got cancer they did the same thing he survived another 10 years!!!!!

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  43. omar

    lets no forgot alcohol and tobacco are drugs as well. the only difference being that they have become accepted in our hypocritical society. the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug is a ridiculous argument by its opponents.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Trenity in SC

    That fact that we all can look back and look at how ridiculous 'Reefer Madness' is. The same could be said about the prohibitionist today.

    The fact is, 20,000,000 people have been arrested for using a plant that can grow basically anywhere you throw the seed.

    When the past 3 Presidents have admitted to using it... And the fact that we have science and research on our side. Then it's time to re-legalize and let people use it.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Susan Hubenthal

    Hooray for Melissa Etheridge for being such a strong advocate for medicinal marijuana. Although it may not work for everyone, anyone who wishes to use it should be able to without the fear of arrest.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  46. Chris

    I say legalize and tax it! It is impossible to overdose on and only creates the violent underground market we have today! In my opinion, alcohol is much more detrimental to society than could pot ever be.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  47. Maureen T, Canada

    Obviously this woman shouldn't use medical marijuana. Obviously medical marijuana is not for everyone! It works for some and not for others.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  48. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    @Anderson, how hard was it to find the school teacher that had the bad marijuana experience? I would assume there weren't many you could find to do the other side of the story.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  49. Eric Levesque

    Anderson, Why is some 600 million dollars of tax payers money, spent each year on trying to stop pot when that money could be used for schools, roads, things that are important to civil life?

    June 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    For medical reasoning, "Pot can be far out, man!" I don't smoke or do drugs.

    June 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
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