June 16th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/16/09

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Tonight on 360°, dueling mass rallies in Iran. In the captial, tens of thousands gather in support of Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It's the only rally shown on Iranian TV today. There were chants of "Death to America." There were large crowds, elsewhere, protesting the election. But the government is cracking down on the rallies and reporters. We'll have the latest.

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soundoff (326 Responses)
  1. kay

    More Flock of Segulls!

    June 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Why get the FDA involved? Marijuana is not food nor is it a drug. It is a plant. Put here on earth by God. Legalizing marijuana will not increase its use. Those that use it now will merely find it a little easier to get. Actually, I believe it might even decrease use because it would no longer have that "forbidden fruit" appeal. So,let's put a serious dent in the drug cartel's profits (and violence),legalize,regulate,and tax it just like alcohol,and be done with it.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. David, Indiana

    You can legalize marijuana, but I feel people are underestimating its potency

    Good night Isabel, good night everyone

    June 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. jerret M

    legalize it and tax it, just think of how much of the cali. budget deficit would be helped by this!!

    June 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Amina VA

    cute i wish i had known i would have went and watched

    June 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Maureen T, Canada

    Those children are great! Thanks for putting a smile on my face Andy! 🙂 Love the banter! Good night all!

    June 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  7. Miles ~ Michigan

    Marijuana is a plant, not a drug. Can you overdose from smoking/ingesting too much? No.

    Marijuana is a potentially new market that could employ hundreds of thousands of Americans and generate new revenue for the federal government.

    Decriminalizing marijuana would save billions in prison management and also get rid of many dangerous criminal enterprises that threaten many U.S. communities.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  8. Bill in Oklahoma

    Legalize pot. Pot is not an evil drug that it's made out to be. It is less harmful than alcohol which is legal. Pot is not addictive and having grownup with an alcoholic parent I know first hand that it does not ruin lives like alcohol can. Pot ruins lives only because it is illegal and that hardly seems fair. Now 51 years old, I would welcome the day that pot is legalized.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  9. Kerry

    At the risk of reducing crime,saving lives,improving the economy ,eliminate the criminal profit by decriminalization,and free the herbal medicine to every family garden.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  10. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Goodnight, everyone!

    June 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Dan

    Many argue that if cannibus were legalized recreationally that the government would not make any revenue of the taxed sales of store bought cannibus due to people growing their own at a much lower cost. A simple way to solve this issue is to require users to buy an annual liscence allowing them to legally possess cannibus. Most possession tickets, even in decrimalized states, are roughly $100. At this price any user would be willing to pay for this liscence in order to get the law off their back.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Jay

    Why is it illegal? An all natural plant that has hundreds of benefits with no major side effect and a middle schooler can produce this stuff. It's wildly popular no question... but criminals get the whole industry to themselves. Shoot, I'd trade the auto industry for that... then let the Cartels build the cars and go bankrupt.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  13. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Anderson – Love those kids! And Anderson, can't even contain your grin can you?

    June 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  14. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Night Anderson and Ercia have a good night.

    Great sound go kids!

    June 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  15. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Those kids really are incredible! 🙂

    Good night Anderson, Erica and fellow bloggers! Hope everyone has a good night and a wonderful night. Chat with you tomororw!

    June 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Nick

    Let me just say this in regards to the legalization of marijuana. Alcohol is legal. Alcohol's effects include vomiting, blacking out, violence, and just complete mental discombobulation upon extensive use. Marijuana's symptoms include relaxation, calmness, and a more mellow attitude. Do you think that a marijuana cafe, per se, will cause as much trouble as modern bars do, when you take into account bar fights, riots, and arrests because of the symptoms of alcohol? I can guarantee you that there would be minimal problems in a marijuana cafe.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. bob

    Legalize and tax it!

    June 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. Brian

    I think looking into the origin(Reefer Madness) of this "war on pot" would show how truly ridiculous the premise of this war is. It's dangers stated never had proof, and they never will, it's safe.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Suzi, Billerica, MA

    They won't ever make pot legal for that is one second hand smoke that is unacceptable to expose children to.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Goodnight everyone.Peace to all of you and yours.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. Jeremy

    Night Anderson and the rest of the 360 team.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  22. Jacky & Robert from West Dallas, TX

    This is in regards to the last gentleman's comment about marijuana is not addictive like alcohol and tobacco......tell that to my 19 year old son who is in rehab for the second time because of his addiction to marijuana. All he thinks about is marijuana, when is his next toke and how is he going to get it. From stealing from us and our home to stealing from neighbors just to get the marijuana he needed. You tell that idiot he needs to check his facts before he decides to make a blanket statement like that one before thousands of other parents going through the same thing all because of "pot".

    June 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. Isabel, Brazil

    Good night, Anderson!
    Great show today, as usual!!! Thanks!!

    Good night, friends, David (Indiana), bloggers, everyone!

    See you tomorrow!!!

    June 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  24. Lori from IL

    It's about that time -

    Good night, Anderson, Erica and Fellow Bloggers -

    Anderson, enjoyed the show tonight - good topics -

    Enjoyed the "chat" Fellow Bloggers -

    Until tomorrow night.....peace

    June 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  25. Ashley

    Ah, the defining argument: marijuana isn't physically addictive and it's physically impossible to overdose. Alcohol? Tobacco? Those are the real drugs. And as for the border issue, what we really need to do is impose stricter gun control and legalize marijuana, already Two birds with one stone, right there.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  26. Rob

    Why is Marijuana not legal? If it will help balance the budget, So be it. It is the lesser of the evils.

    June 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
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