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June 17th, 2009
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/17/09

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Tonight on 360°, we're looking at the big question on many minds: Is Iran collapsing? Another major protest expected any moment now over last week's presidential election. There are still reports that the baton wielding paramilitary is attacking protesters. We'll have the latest from Tehran.

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  1. Luther

    I just want to let all the none users to know that most of what has been taught to you about MJ was fabricated back during the prohibition days. There were laws put in place to combat the hidden agenda of racism. Propaganda went out, the public bought it and here we are. It is time to rethink this whole thing. Please do some research, there is a lot good data out there that may help you to understand. Try it you will see. Go DR GUPTA

    June 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Thanks for having Dr. Gupta on this evening to give a bit more of a medical perspective to marijuana. I always enjoy his insight and he has a way of explaining things so that I understand it!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Marvin

    Mr. Cooper,
    Thank you for having the guts to bring the debate to the forefront, for the last 72 years we Americans have been lied , to the point government agencies continue to "fudge" the facts to protect their enormous budgets. Recreationally no one has ever overdosed or died from the use of pot , nor have any medical patients. I am no Doctor nor is the DEA so how can we tell someone that a particular medicine does not work for them. Educate, Legalize, Regulate, Tax

    June 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Will, and what happens when the 22 million users explode to 50 million once it's legal?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Casey Jones
    The main newspapers are limited to giving the news and highlight the crime. Unfortunately I do not see support for the homosexual question as I think should happen

    June 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  6. mikez

    arent pain pills opiate based and guarenteed addictive over the long term treatment of pain?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  7. Minou, New York City

    I knew two ppl who smoked regularly and could not stop. Maybe the addiction is not physical, but it sure is psychological!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  8. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Drugs don't ruin people lives. People ruin their lives. An addictive personality will find SOMEthing to abuse, one way or another. And the finger points back to the family environment when talking about the development of addictive personality traits, doesn't it?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  9. Chad White

    I don't understand why same sex rights are such a problem . People should be able to LOVE who they want. I cherish every moment of the last 16 years of marriage with my wife and I think the world would be a better place if there was more love and less hate. Does it really matter if someone is married to the same or opposite sex? Let's set a good example for the world and live by a profound statement, "All you need is Love."

    June 17, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Wesley Pipes

    Legalize!! Stop the gangs, put age restriction on it. Alcohol is more addictive and kills more per year. Cannabis has never killed anyone. Why is the one that doesn't kill the illegal one?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  11. mikez

    Weed only causes crime because its illegal..whens the last time some gangsters robbed or fought for beer? they sure did during alcohol prohibition

    June 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Allen G.

    @ S. Gupta

    is there any hope that a comprehensive treatment program include weaning off the drugs in similar ways as methadone programs?

    please also comment on the social aspect of abuse as a larger mental health concern.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  13. Daniel Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Hey people do you not remember when Ahmadinejad said that democracy was a failure? There was no intention for a reformist to win in a democratic election in Iran where only the supreme leader can appoint the person to be president. No this election was just a show to the world that Iran cares for the rights of the people but now it is known that the religious fanatics really do not care for the people! They only care for their power and control over the people!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  14. david

    In the 13 billion of savings for legalization, did that include the money prisons will save by releasing all of the inmates currently being held for marijuana related charges? Probably not

    June 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  15. Colin

    Sen. Ensign report is an example of a popular moral conflict in the U.S. It is not really his fault, he is expected to promote family values as a part of the process to become elected. Family values are merely part of the meaningless rhetoric used particularly in U.S. politics.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Krasi

    Isabel, I know exactly how you feel. I grew up in a place where connections with the outside world were non-existant and the government controlled what people could watch, read, etc. I was a kid then and didn’t know any better, but when I had the opportunity to encounter that forbidden outside world, I was stunned at how many things there were that I had no idea existed.

    I am definitely a believer that having the opportunity to experience and encounter different points of few through education or travel can only enrich people and make the differences between us seem less severe.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Henya From CA,

    Hello Anderson,
    Our President is doing A great job it is a good day for Equal Rights to all and soon it will be legal to marry in every state, just be patient. we have allot of other problems at this point, this is a good first step,

    June 17, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  18. Dee

    Freedom always costs someone's blood

    June 17, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  19. jason

    Decriminalize the herb and put an end to the insanity!

    CNN: kuddos!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  20. Will Sanchez

    There are already 22 million people who smoke pot every month. The health care costs are already being absorbed with zero revenue. Hence the 20 billion dollars earned by legalizing it would have to be less than the amount of new people smoking which would have to be huge!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  21. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    People should have deucation when it comes to growing the plants and taking it for medecine purposes they need to wathc thier doseage.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  22. Minou, New York City

    I'm so looking forward to the Angelina Jolie interview tomorrow! I admire her greatly.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  23. Morgan in Pensacola, Florida

    I am an American who happens to be gay. I am not a gay man who happens to be American. I am tired of these self-appointed gay spokespeople bashing Obama. Would Bush have taken the step that Obama took today? No! While it may be wrong, the journey for equal rights in this country will be long, it will be painful, and it will be ugly. But one day, we will overcome!!! But one day, we will overcome!!! Give the man a chance, he inherited quite a mess! I can wait for him to fulfill his promises.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  24. miles swanson

    I'm a public defender in New Orleans, 90% of the cases I deal with are possession of marijuana. Small amounts. It is a waste of time, imagine if the criminal justice system could focus on violent offenses?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  25. Daniel Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Hey people do you not remember when Ahmadinejad said that democracy was a failure? There was no intention for a reformist to win in a democratic election in Iran where only the supreme leader can appoint the person to be president. No this election was just a show to the world that Iran cares for the rights of the people but now it is known that the religious fanatics really do not care for the people! They only care for their power and control over the people

    June 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  26. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @Erica, very sad indeed. shameful.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  27. Andrea Taylor

    It amazes me that in a country that has gone through so much and come such a long way in civil rights, we are still having this discussion! When will we learn? Why does sexual orientation make anyone different to me or you?
    I am a straight married 44 year old woman and I do not get it!
    Why is my gay friend not able to sponsor his partner for a green card? Gay people are representatives, teachers, doctors, bank clerks, artists, lawyers, and construction workers... just like a lot of us are. They pay the same taxes and have the same civil obligations on duties that us all. Then why can't gay partners that have been together for 20 years not decide for each other in medical situations? or inherit each other? I do not care if you call it marriage or not, I care that the rights are exactly the same. When America, when?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  28. Rosa

    I am tired of weed.
    I do not approve of weed.
    Weed causes crime.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  29. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    @Brandi....very well said! It is incredibly sad at best...

    June 17, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  30. max in michigan

    the best way to keep marijuana out of the hands of children is to legalize it, i've never heard of a drug dealer checking someone's id, why keep a relatively harmless drug in a market controlled by gun wielding criminals, it's not 1900 anymore it's time to do some new research

    June 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  31. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, that's a very insightful look into what it's like to live in a country under a repressive govt. Thank you for sharing that part of your personal experience.

    Question for Dr. Sanjay Gupta. How long does marijuana stay in the body, how long do it's effects stay in the body?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  32. tony

    I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  33. ericacnn

    @Brandi – perhaps it is a sad irony

    June 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  34. Maureen T, Canada

    Don't fight it!!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  35. patrick

    unbelievable, the pres. signs a memorandum today extending benefits for gay and les. fed workers, and all he gets is criticizm from the very people that it is going to benefit!! People, relax....it's been 5 months, and unfortunately gay rights aren't on the top 3 list right now.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  36. Isabel, Brazil

    The effects of drugs are harmful to health, as well as those caused by alcohol and cigarette. The difference is that pot hasn't regulation, criterion; pot doesn't generate dividends to the country and feeds trafficking in drugs.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Whether it helps people or not, it certainly is helping Paul the pusher.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Maureen T, Canada

    Legalize it!!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Isabel, Brazil

    Today the war of drugs kills more than overdose.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  40. Jeremy Morris-Dallas

    Why not these cheating senators make polygamy legal than shame themselves with lies! After all almost everything will be legal soon......gays,marijuana! In a way polygamy is part of religion.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  41. Wesley Pipes

    Come on now its just POT!!!???? Legalize it!!!!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  42. Sandy Obu

    If I were Iranian, I would used the PROTEST to select a leader of the People, for the People.” The question is, “Who is the BEST person to represent the Iranian people during this era of CHANGE?” I really feel, “A more Westernized Leader is the BEST choice.”

    June 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  43. barry c

    i know there are alot of issue on our Presidents shoulders...but can anything be more important than giving all americans equality under the constitution...Anything less than equality is unexceptable.. We expect great things from this President not status quo...

    Barry C

    June 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  44. Jason

    Marriage is strictly a religious thing, and should remain religiously defined. However, all of the benefits of being married, as recognized by the government, should be available to any pair.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  45. Russ

    As supporter of gay rights, have empathy for those waiting for reform. Some of this requires congressional legislation.

    Obama has his hands full with so many issues – economy, health care, energy, two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, foreign policy issues in middle east and Korea... The list goes on.

    Obama is committed to gay community but give the guy a break here. Were the GOP in charge as they were for past 8 years, there wouldn't even be room for discussion or opportunity for change in area of gay rights. Settle down. Change takes time – more than four or five months.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  46. Mando from Texas

    I amagine it will have to be treated the same way as beer? Instead of guys walking around with beer bellies it'll be munchies bellies huh ?
    Also it's all going to be DUI now, no more DWI, it's going to be obsolete.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  47. Jim-Miami

    Hello Anderson,
    I think all of us should support the Brave Iranian People,in their fight for Democracy.I admire these Brave Men,women,who are ready to give their lives for Freedom,Justice.
    Iranians,who are Persians(no Arabs),been fighting for Democracy for last 100 years.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  48. Isabel, Brazil

    If we look at the cold logic of numbers and the market, the conclusion is that are spends billions of dollars a year, there are many kills and arrests, but the traffic is sophisticated, creating parallel powers and seeps in the police and politics . Consumption increases in all social classes.

    A greater realism in the fight against drugs, without bias or ideological views, would help to reduce damage to persons, companies and institutions.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  49. mari, MA

    The expression of Iranian is great! Then why the reaction is going to be too hard? Can we act more healthily?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  50. Dave - Youngstown, OH

    I hope that there is a revolution. It is time the "real Iran" came forward into the world and give their country a better name. Go green!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
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