June 17th, 2009
08:00 AM ET

Video: Legalize pot?

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  1. Fred

    This whole mess of prohibition goes back to Harry Anslinger. So in order to undo the decades of damage he inflicted we have to go back to all the sources of his implimentation. That includes having our U N Ambassador signing the US up to reconsider the Single convention treaty of controlled substances. The Netherlands is on record in favor of this and as soon as the US agrees the other countries will come forward to achieve this. The last time we had a UN Ambassador willing to discuss this way Andrew Young. Let's just DO IT!

    July 31, 2009 at 3:09 am |
  2. GO

    There is still not enough proof that Pot does not have long term side effects. There are aspects of our body that have not yet been discovered and for all we know Pot my have an impact on the areas we do not currently understand. With that said, I do think we should legalize it but after we see more results. It is tough to see police officers busting people for Pot when they could be fighting gang violence. I think besides the revenue that will be generated by legalizing Pot we will see a decline in criminal activity as well. There are just to many logical results that come from legalizing Pot.

    June 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  3. Khris

    link up the deaths between alcohol and tabacco compaired to
    marijuana i would say for alcohol and tabacco the death rate has been a lot higher and if you think about it you guys have banned a plant that does something to you for a hour while alcohol your poisoning your body for 4-7 hours like come on a bit rediculous if you ask me.

    June 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  4. charles

    simply put marijuana is made by the hand of god, alcohol and prescription medicines are man made... who do trust?

    June 19, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  5. An

    Hi Anderson.

    Hi bloger.

    Marijuanna is too dangerous. So, therefore someone with illnesses of needing marijanna may go to the pharmaces stores or goverments health departments may help the ones in needs.


    June 18, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  6. william barnett

    mr. cooper i am 61 years old spent 18 months in vietnam i have been on both sides of alco and pot any one tha has ever used pot cant sit bye and say its not as bad as alco is just nuts it slowes down your reatction time down makes your mind wonder and if you smoke enough makes you just plain stupid . now for medical use you should have to get a precption like any ather medican not pay some quack dr. for a 1 year ok to use it leaglizing pot will only add to traffic problems and only god knows what other problems some days i wish calif. would just fall off the mape this state is just full of idots. william of tenn.

    June 18, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  7. Jake

    Not only does the FDA pump out drugs that do not work and are downright dangerous they also pump out drugs that supposedly relief the negative side effects of those initial dangerous drugs. The doctor says "well we can can try this for that symptom your having" then when it doesn't work or has a side effect they say well we can add this and then this and pretty soon your so doped up or your on so many meds you don't know whats going on any more.

    Happened to me a couple months ago. Went into the hospital for a minor emergency procedure to get an infected baclofen pump removed. I am a T5 para and have been for 9 years so I know the medical system intimately and have learned that doctors and drug companies see me as a gold mine being disabled and on medicare and medicaid. They will prescribe or recommend all the tests and treatments they can reguardless if I really need it or not. I went into that emergency pump removal procedure on three as needed medications and by the time I was discharged a few days later the doctors had me on up to 12 different medications during that hospital stay. They just kept right on stacking em up and the second day into my stay I started refusing meds cause I didn't even know what way was up anymore and I felt I was on the verge of a coma the drowsiness was so severe but they just keep telling me, the side effects will pass, it will pass don't worry, just keep taking them. Being a t5 para I need to keep my head clear, its a matter of independence and self maintence. Took me almost a week to sober myself up after discharge and I am almost now completely drug company medication free. There is so much more to this story but the point is the current medical system is willing to put my very life in danger in order to profit. I will no longer contribute to the profiteering currently taking place by the current medical system. When they realized I was about to get an internal drug pump removed that cost a fortune to install and refill and I was not going to let them replace it with a new one they tried to get me hooked on as many high end oral drugs as they could. NO MORE will I allow them to keep me doped and dependent on their care. I was able to replace the few meds I was on with cannabis and I will continue to use cannabis medicinally legal or not. It's my life and I feel I am now much safer medicating myself with medicines that grow naturally upon our planet.

    June 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  8. John

    How can the FDA pump drugs out that do not work.. To name one out of the hundreads that Anti-depressent effexor is out on the streets with its serious side effects and a Withdraw syndrome that follows with discontinuation about 56 symptoms to twist up your mind pretty good.....? And all the other useless medicine drugs for your , nose, eye, errection, foot, sleep etc etc etc etc the list goes on.. America is not so good with regulating anything..Zicam takes away your sense of smell after extended use forsay?? Effexor changes your brain chemistry, How long? To bad I cant get a lawsuit on this..... Im not impressed what anything in this country and what it does..Everything is backwards..BLAH

    June 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  9. Matt

    If the FDA, rather than the DEA, regulated cannabis, they would classify it as a dietary supplement, or natural health product under the DSHEA.

    Products under the DSHEA, such as vitamins, minerals and other psychoactive herbs like valerian and St. John"s wort are neither
    foods nor drugs and are not subject to the same drug approval process as new pharmaceuticals.

    The burden rests with the FDA to prove that an herb is exceptionally harmful, before they will issue a warning, not on manufacturers to
    prove that it is unrealistically safe, before they won't be criminalized.

    Cannabis need not be smoked. It can be prepared in foods, drinks and tinctures or vaporized.

    Criminalizing all cannabis consumers to protect the health of young people is like criminalizing all junk food consumers, young and old, fit or fat, to send a message to kids to eat a healthy diet.

    June 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  10. John

    Yea, after watching that fool that says Dronabinol ( Marinol) is just as effective as the Whole plant form of Marijuana im pretty pist.. Marinol can make you psychotic, I was on it for a year legally prescribed in Florida.. Its Garbage!!! Waste of money!! Pure TCH without the other Active compounds in pot can lead to a Psychotic mindset.. Its been proven in england with SKUNK 50% + THC .. And once youve smoked pot, taking marinol is SO not the same whatsoever..I have an eight year old daughter as well and I dont know what to think about Full legal marijuana.. Perhaps we should Decrim it and make medical marijuana whole plant form fully legal in all states! It is up to the Adult person, stupid kids will use it regardless of the law status..Their doing it now still! Perhaps it wont be such a Taboo thing eh.....

    June 17, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  11. JOhn

    To add to, marijuana has been used for 10,000+ years, as the first paper, the first fiber, the first fuel, and much more; only the truely uneducated people in the topic will say to keep it illegal. Perhaps if the facts, the real facts, were told by Anderson Cooper besides by both sides bashing heads than maybe there would be better understanding.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  12. John

    Yea, after watching that fool that says Dronabinol ( Marinol) is just as effective as the Whole plant form of Marijuana im pretty pist.. Marinol can make you psychotic, I was on it for a year legally prescribed in Florida.. Its Garbage!!! Waste of money!! Pure TCH without the other Active compounds in pot can lead to a Psychotic mindset.. Its been proven in england with SKUNK 50% + THC .. And once youve smoked pot, taking marinol is SO not the same whatsoever..I have an eight year old daughter as well and I dont know what to think about Full legal marijuana.. Perhaps we should Decrim it and make medical marijuana whole plant form fully legal in all states! It is up to the Adult person, stupid ass kids will use it regardless of the law status..Their doing it now still! Perhaps it wont be such a Taboo thing eh.....

    June 17, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  13. JOhn

    I believe it is true medicinal MJ is only a steeping stone to legalization; otherwise it would not be so easy to obtain. Marijuana is readily available to a large majority of America, via the Drug Cartels; who at the time are having a hay day with the prohibition making prices outragious and profitting billions of dollars. This is not the first prohibition in America; Al Capone had the same "oppertunity" with alchohol that cartels such as the Jaruez Seven is with Marijuana and other drugs. The issue as of now is not studies doint tit for tat with pointless arguements; there is a demand of marijuana in America, the government should recongnize this and take the appropriate steps to doint what is necessary to do what the people wish. And if you do not support the legalization of marijuana, then simply do not smoke it. It is true there was a lot of corruption when making marijuana illegal, this is evident and non arguable. The newspaper companies, along with oil companis (the first engines were made to run off oils which industrial hemp provides) pushed yellow journalism and it was decided in a mere three months to make it a crime. The health issue should not even be an issue, for 300,000 lives are claimed a year by tobacco, and to date there are 0 for marijuana; so there is another unarguable issue. So the main topic which should be debated; IS THERE A DEMAND?!?!?!? I say again "IS THERE A DEMAND?!?!" if so then the obvious answer should be to legalize it, regulate it, tax it, and then this is no longer an issue. However if there is a sudden demand for heroin I am not saying to legalize that, because that is obviously highly addictive, and claims lives daily. Marijuana is safe, it has no proven long term effects on the body nor mind that are any more catostrophic than alchohol.

    The Constitiution, Decleration of Independnce, and many other federal documents were drafted on hemp paper. Thomas Jefferson grew at monteciello, George Washington grew at his Virginia home; we follow many morals they have today why not this one. I believe it is time to end the seventy years of corruption put behind this nonsence. It should not be a topic open for argue, it is quite obvious you can not patent a plant and companies are afraid to lose money. LEGALIZE IT

    June 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  14. Put a poll on AC360 - Lets see the #'s - Y or N?

    Anderson, put a poll on your site the front page of your site. Let's see some #'s!!!!!!!!

    Coming from a non smoker, I bet most folks say yes. At least the logical folks.


    Also, Hollywood should get involved and speak up.

    Micheal Moore, or someone should make a movie of what life would be like if it was legal. Not a comedy, but a realistic view.

    I don't think much would change if treated exactly like alcohol. The first 6 months would be exciting. After that, the same folks who smoke, will smoke. The folks who dont smoke won't.

    I won't be smoking, but the others should have a choice to.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  15. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Anderson,:For medical reason,we have enough legal medicin to help people.But maybe each one of us needs more than this legal medicin,than i think this person have the right to take everything that makes him painfree.
    In our cultur nobody have to life or die with horribly pain.
    I think using alcohol or tabacco is not much better than using marijuana.Maybe the only different is alcohol and tabacco have a big lobby.
    At least ,i think in this time there are much more problems in the world happen,tell us the fact and the history about the election in Iran,and what that meens for the world.The world is burning,and you talking about legalize marijuana.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  16. AJ

    Joseph Di Piazza re :
    I totally understand the spiritual side of it, that's why I believe it's not meant for everyone to experience it. We already have all the chemicals in our bodies to achieve total spiritual enlightenment. Things like canibus stimulate those chemicals, thus leading to those experiences. We call strong drink spirits and that's for a reason.

    I haven't come across the reports of Dronabinol, but I will check it out. If it truly has 100% THC that would make it more potent than any natural or lab/ genetically enhanced canibus in the world. If we smoked 100% THC you would smoke yourself to the Andromeda Galaxy, pop the pill and you should end up in the third lane of a wormhole to the Horse Head Nebula

    June 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  17. free

    If the FDA has released 100%THC prescription medication, then that must indicate there is an admitted health benefit from use of THC. I propose that I don't want to have to fork over my money to Big Pharma for it. Frankly I'd rather hand my money directly to the cartels before i see a pharmaceutical company try to "own" this plant and substance, and try to feed me a synthetic pill (warning: may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, bloody stool, headaches, and, in some cases, death-haha!) version of something I can self-medicate naturally. God forbid anyone is allowed to make themselves feel better without their consent! I am certain Big Pharma knows people feel this way, and that free use of cannabis for the sick would put a very large dent in their profits. I am curious how much funding they give to support prohibition.


    all this stir about people who arent sick getting medical cards just so they can get high......Well, lets dig a little deeper. It is obvious that anyone who would seek a medical card just to get high already gets stoned, frequently enough to justify the effort in getting a card, and have been buying their cannabis from an illegal source, perhaps ultimately a Mexican Cartel. Why would a non-sick pot smoker want a medical card? The want one so they can essentially smoke legally, 'protected' from penalty. Their money is no longer going to cartels, and instead is going partly to the state in taxes. They avoid combusting the marijuana by eating it in food, lollipops, candies, helping to alleviate any possible strain on the lungs. These people are good people who are harming nobody, doing something that should be their soverign right in this Land of the Free ( where BOTH Washington and Jefferson grew cannabis and smoked it ). Those who enjoy pot are trying to do the right thing by attempting to do it legally (despite their methodology). This shows that people WANT to cooperate with regulation. Perhaps understanding the bigger picture will help when people try to make a fuss out of nothing.


    Im sick and tire of hearing "the children! the children!" . Are you people really so dense? This is NOT a debate about making cannabis legal for kids ages 3-17!!!! I am an ADULT who has the intrinsic sovereignty to do WHATEVER I please with my body, provided I harm nobody through my actions. Your morals and values are NOT everyone's morals and values. I don't care if you don't like me smoking pot! I'll respect your space and wont do it in front of you if you don't like it, but if you think you can tell me what to do you have another thing coming. Case in point, pot has been illegal for a while now, and its rate of usage HASN'T gone down. Prohibition hasn't worked. I know your reply will be, " but if you make it legal, kids will have so much easier access to it!". A giant B.S. on that one! Listen up, your kids already have access to it. Kids, themselves, have said cannabis is more accessible than alcohol. If your kid is caught experimenting, say goodbye to financial aid to college, depending on your state your child may face criminal charges. Does your child deserve this? For something that peer- reviewed, replicated experiments have proven is much, much safer than alcohol? If taxed and regulated, it will be easier to keep it from minors- as alcohol, and penalties would still be in place for people providing to minors. It certainly wont be a free-for-all. I repeat, if your child wants it, it is ALREADY there. This is no reason to impinge upon MY rights. Try being a better parent, instead.

    bring freedom back to this country

    June 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  18. JDA

    Hang on just one second...
    how can the prohibitionist keep putting their feet in their mouths and no one is calling them on it. follow me here;
    the FDA has approved 2 drugs (and has a third in the mix) that are a synthetic form of THC. In doing so are admitting that it has medicinal uses. {right?} So shouldn't that alone move it from Schedule I to Schedule II, as bill HR2835 suggests. Removing it from the DEA's radar.
    Marinol is 100% STHC (synthetic THC), so these arguments of "horribly potent pot, or "highest THC count in history" are just utter BS.

    THC is also not the only cannibinoid (wrong spelling) in cannabis, and research is showing that those other chemicals may also have beneficial effects.

    the sheer ignorance in trying to litigate a plant seems strange to me.
    to President OBAMA i would say this;
    We are still awaiting the "Fundamental Change" that we voted for.
    I didn't vote for you to save the banks, but instead to save our FREEDOM!

    June 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  19. Adam

    To the people who think that legalizing marijuana would somehow send the wrong message to kids....wake up. You are naive. 80% of high school students claim it is easier to get marijuana then alcohol. To get alcohol you have to show ID. Last time I checked drug dealers don't. If you want to protect the "kids," legalization is the only way.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  20. Christian

    I'm just sick of the debates! The debates are too short for either side to make any points, and the against is always based on lies or just don't make any sense to an educated person.

    There is not one single reason that makes any sense for it to remain illegal. The one statement I keep hearing about what our kids will think is stupid! Are kids can get it easier now with it being illegal, and I would much rather have my kids smoking pot than drinking!

    June 17, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  21. Tony

    Donna Wood,,,If theres not enough research to substantiate it then how do you explain the drug companies race to make a synthetic from that cant be grown,,,Ill tell you why they have no plans to make it legal they are doing what is called cornering the market , they know it has great abilities to help people but thats NOT what is important to our GOVT and BIG PHARMA they only care about the almighty dollar thats why the drug companies are in the top 3 contributers to politicans and our Govt!!!

    June 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  22. Morgan

    I do not believe marijuana is a vitamin substitute, but neither are MacDonald's french fries. Unfortunately, the issue at hand is not a healt issue. If that were the issue, our grocery stores would probably be reduced to the produce aisles.The problem with the use of pot is the inability to tax it.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  23. AJ

    I have mixed feelings about it, if you use it too much like most things on earth can be become an addictive behavior. If it were to become legal I would still obtain it through alternative means. Look at how they westernized tobacco in the form of a nicotine laced cigarette. They'll probably have "jointettes"," bluntettes", and all types of 'ettes' to push to the people. So even though it sounds great to make it legal I say No to overall legalization. However, I would agree to it for medicinal use only.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  24. JDA

    Funny how all(most) of the "reports" supporting prohibition are GOV docs, and are heavily influenced as such. Remember the "chimp experiment" the negative effects where not caused by cannabis, but by the ENDLESS amounts of smoke the animal was FORCED to inhale! It was being suffocated. Independent studies need to be performed, and that means the Government needs to get out of the way!

    Why must we try to litigate personal responsibility?

    A "Drug Free America" (or anywhere for that matter) is a great idea, but we live in REALITY and unless everyone agrees to it, it will remain an idea!

    And you don't have to SMOKE cannabis to get the relief, it is edible too.
    I choose Education over prohibition any day!

    June 17, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  25. Joseph Di Piazza

    I definately think pot should be legalized .understanding the science behind it and its benifits not only for medical perposes but for the spiritual side of its nature. Im surprized that religious orginizations arnt expressing their views, I for one reep the benifits in all aspects, and being bi polar it makes my life a peace of cake.....

    Hippi Gini

    June 17, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  26. Jake

    quoting Clark here, "we already have “dronabinol” approved by the FDA. We don’t need to legalize marijuana in the form of cigarettes."

    Dronabinol is a man made synthetic known to have side effects of being addictive and many others which are less severe in ingested THC. All the FDA has done is approved a more dangerous form in the name of the drug war in order to continue criminalizing marijuana use in is natural form.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  27. Brian

    It is a weed, and grows anywhere. Seems like a waste of tax pay dollars to outlaw. The FDA might as well make oregano illegal.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  28. r0ck3rgurl

    Sounds like really, we need to criminalize alcohol and tobacco, while keeping marihuana illegal. I just don't think it's fair that, of these three substances, marihuana (the least risky) is actually the illegal one. I vote to either legalize marihuana all the way, OR criminalize alcohol and tobacco.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  29. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Your right Anderson, there's not enough research to substantiate it's medicinal use at all. I agree with Mr. David Evans. Let the FDA sort it all out. That's what they are there for.

    Donna Wood
    Lil' Tennessee

    June 17, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  30. JDA

    The idea that only young people use pot is laughable!
    It spans the ages.
    while i hold doubts that it is a "miracle cure", I do think it should be legal for adult use and as a medicine.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  31. Tony

    Another point is the opponet says that Rob doesnt want it to go to the FDA for approval,,,,do you think thats because our Govt runs the FDA and we can see that they dont want pot legal! Of course Rob wants it to go to where the American people have the best chance of their vote on it to count

    If you some of you Americans havent noticed America is ran by BIG BUISNESS and our GOVT is their partner,,look it up the BIG PHARMA companies are one of the biggest if not the biggest contributers to political parties dont you think thats a big part of the reason they dont want us Americans self medicating ourselves with cannabis just think of the money they would lose,,,not to mention that PRISON's are a HUGE money maker the U.S has more people in prison than any other country hands down and we build 8 prisons to every college!

    Educate yourselves America its time to legalize cannabis stand up and speak out every chancew you get e-mail and make phone call to you congressman tell them to legalize and quit throwing our family members in jail for smoking a joint!

    June 17, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  32. JL

    The pot prohibition is one of the great hipocrisies of our time. All debate is welcome and this one is very well balanced. Everytime I hear someone cry out in favour of the prohibition I confess my first thought is that this person has stakes in the illegal traffic. And everybody know money rules the world.. thats what it's all about.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  33. David S.

    Both sides have great talking points that can not and should not be decided in a televised forum. What people seem to forget is that Marijuana is not legal anywhere in the world. However, Amsterdam has the highest tolerance of the drug; this is where the confusion begins. Their crime rate is no where as high as ours, and their addiction rate is also no comparison to that of the U.S. Rob Kampia makes a strong argument at the end of this segment – "you can't overdose on marijuana". Which is a huge difference when speaking about prescribed medication that is approved by the FDA.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  34. Tony

    Anderson plz call these guys on their BS the opponets of cannabis are saying that pot is dangerous now because it is over 15% THC but marinol that our Govt manufactures for sale is 100% THC I hope you see the hypocricy here!!

    And about the FDA drug approval BS statement how many people have died from drug overdoses from FDA approved drugs hundreds of thousands and the same with alcohol,,And I didnt even mention the terrible side effects from these FDA approved drugs.

    If the AMA says that their isnt enough proof that cannabis helps you then why is our Govt and the BIG pharma companies racing to get a synthetic from that CANT be grown by users,,are they trying to corner the market and get rich off of the American people,,I say thats exactly what they are doing!

    And then the argument that cannabis smokers arent thrown in prison for small amounts and just smoking it,,,ok maybe they dont go to prison but city & county jails are full of people like this and Americans are losing jobs and families because of this unfair treatment!!

    Its time that we treat all Americans the same and quit throwing people in JAIL for smoking a joint or having small amounts of the drug for personnel use!!

    Im begging the media to help us win this fight and get the TRUTH out!

    June 17, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  35. David Plunkett

    in response to PG-does everything have to be about the kids? How about we criminalize alcohol and cigarettes too then? Make it an even playing field, then all of us can get on pharmaceuticals! Yea!(not) And to think "old people" won't use it, don't kid yourself-it would even do wonders at the nursing home; let them have a daydream and a little giggle. Like most "anti's", you've probably never tried it, I used to until my job sold out to random drug testing to further aggravate everyone. I quit as a choice, free will if you will. I wish interviewers would ever ask the guests-have you tried it it? Most have not, kinda like asking the pope about the merits of sex.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  36. Mark

    For Rich Pretty Girl you need to understand that the "older people" have been smoking pot since the '60's. I have many friends who are 50, 60, 65 who smoke pot. Saying young people are the ones who will use it so it should be illegal is really a silly argument. Young people do a lot of stupid things, and that is no reason to make something illegal. Young people also abuse alcohol, and that has never been a reason to prohibit it's use. Using any argument concerning health to support marijuana prohibition is disingenuous since the drugs that are currently legal, such as alcohol and tobacco, are much more harmful to one's health than marijuana.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:16 am |


    June 17, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  38. mnm2502

    legalize pot and treat it like alcohol

    June 17, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  39. Kent Middleton

    I am a 65yr old man with arthritis in my back,shoulder and knee. My doctors have given me pain and antienflamitory drugs but none of them works as well as pot. I've used pot befor but now I can't find it anymore . It's illegal in my state . I wish it were legal here in Fl. for people like me.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  40. Todd

    Legalize, regulate and tax it. We spend far too much money fighting this loosing battle we call "the war on drugs". Alcohol is far worse and highly abused. When is the last time you have heard of an angry stoner?

    June 17, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  41. Nefira Mada

    Oh My God people... Watch the Original Reefer Madness from was it the 1920's or 30's? Then the Spoof of it they did a few years ago. Honestly All opinions formed about Pot, by the Government and Authority figures comes from that Fear and lack of knowledge. They never researched anything then like we do now. We know so much more truth behind pot now, and we know it isn't going to turn people into delinquents, misfits, and whores. It just doesn't work like that. Although, at times I certainly get the impression that "THEY" want it to, so they portray it in that manner still today.
    With the situation our economy is in, if we legalize it, regulate and control it, and tax the Bajeebus out of it... In the long run, it will do the economy better. Because there are so many Eco-Friendly bi-products you can get from the production of pot. Bread, vegan milks and juices, clothing, paper, noon-toxic plastics, body lotion and tanning oils, ink, the oppertunities are endless. Imagine what that can do for the economy and the environment.
    Walk into any local Co-Op and they will tell you the true industry benifits of Legalized pot. The things the Government has a monopoly on and don't want to lose that momnopoly for anything. If they lose the control and monopoly, they lose money. Just like the Hydrogen, water, and electric cars that My grampa says have been around for nearly two gerations, and the government makes too much money and power on oil to allow the new technologies into the mainstream...
    I bet they don't realize they could make twice the money and power if they did so...
    I just have so much to say about the issue, and all the issues that are ultimately linked to it, that I dare not take anymore time to discuss it.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  42. Nacho

    No matter weather it leagalized or not , people are still gonna use it . I do .

    And also it's nowhere near as bad for u as alcohol or ciggarets .
    In fAct 0 people have died from marijuana . It's good for you if anything as it's a medicine .

    June 17, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  43. Clark

    we already have "dronabinol" approved by the FDA. We don't need to legalize marijuana in the form of cigarettes.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  44. Mark

    In a country where alcohol and tobacco is legal, taxed and a major revenue source for millions, it is hypocritical to ban the use of marijuana. I have used marijuana on and off for many years and I have also used alcohol and tobacco. By far the least damaging drug has been pot. I have gone years without smoking and then I will smoke for a while. With tobacco I have never been able to quit. Alcohol is extremely dangerous in even small amounts. This country and the rest of the world, have their drugs mixed up. It should be alcohol and tobacco that are banned. There is also the benefit marijuana gives me in controlling chronic back pain. I know for a fact that it helps me control my severe pain, and yet I cannot use it because in my state there is no medical marijuana laws. So I have to take a prescription narcotic to control my pain, and I am now addicted to the pain meds. If I had been allowed to use marijuana I would not be in this situation. Marijuana should be legalized for use by anyone over the age of 21.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  45. jeffrey

    I would have to say make it legal.that would save tax people more money.then the government would have more money to fix the economy,such as social security,insurance prices,and people that really need help.If it helps people medically then I dont see nothing wrong with it.god put it here for a reason just like other plants that help us medically.I also think It would better law enforcement to start working on missing children,robberies,murderers,etc.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  46. Cindy

    I think this was the best debate that has been on 360 in a while. Both sides put out their info and arguments yet they weren't rude or trying to talk over one another. This is how they all should go!


    June 17, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  47. J Paul

    I have yet to see the show reflect the general concensus in your blog.
    I'm really hoping to see someone take a count of the for/against replies there and put them up for all to see..

    June 17, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  48. KCP

    For medical reasons I think it should be legalized. If it helps
    cancer patients, or other sick people...let them do or take
    what ever helps them to feel better. Life is too short to be feeling
    ill and sick when there are things that can help.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  49. Tiffany

    it needs to be legal ASAP because I have Epilepsy and cant find any. my medicine does not prevent seizures but marijuana does. also it would help the economy. it is far less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  50. Rich Pretty Girl

    My concern is if you legalize it then you send a message that it's okay for your body... atleast in moderate amounts approved, and it may not send the right message to young kids who are really most likely to be using it. The older people aren't gonna be lightin up. So it's a real debate. Then again, is it much worse than alcohol, and those who abuse are just gonna abuse it no matter what you do.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:55 am |
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