June 17th, 2009
09:12 AM ET

Morning Buzz: To Legalize Pot, or Not

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Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

Demonstrations are planned in Iran following Friday’s disputed election. Journalists have been told to stay in their hotel rooms, and the situation continues to be tense and volatile. The Iranian government is jamming cell phone lines and radio transmissions, as many of the images and 'word from the street' is now coming out via the internet.

We'll follow developments and tell you more about Mir Hossein Moussavi, the opposition candidate, who is at the center is of this storm. Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and Reza Sayeh, our reporter in Tehran, join us tonight.

It’s a busy day for President Obama at the White House. He will lay out a new set of regulatory measures aimed at preventing another financial crisis. We want details! The President will also sign a memorandum extending government benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

This decision comes after gay rights groups were giving the President heat for not repealing the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” military policy. What will be the fallout from this decision?

Back to Pot-a topic we hope you are learning more about this week. Tonight, Joe John introduces you to King Bong- he’s the ‘great fixer’, the guy running the clinics where most of Oregon’s marijuana prescriptions are doled out. But his real goal is fully legalized marijuana.

He grows, he smokes, and he has a weekly cable show related to the topic. We’ll hear his arguments for legalization, and also hear from those who think he is dead wrong.

Strange story of the day: A Brooklyn man named Thomas Prusik-Parkin is accused of wearing a wig, putting on nail polish, and wearing dresses to impersonate his deceased mother and collect $115,000 in Social Security and rent subsidies. Geez, some people will do anything for a buck.

That’s a full plate, make sure you tune in tonight! We’ll be waiting for you.

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  1. open minded in austin tx.

    I watched marijuana inc. about growers in california and yes they do pay taxes. It has boosted the economy in the northern parts so much the police dont bother the growers for that reason. Sure it has its drawbacks but so does the legal stuff called alchohol. My father lost his life to a drunken college girl in the 80's. I dont drink alchohol. Its just not my thing. I smoke marijuana instead. It helps me relax. I dont like the feeling that i could be incarcerated for smoking marijuana at anytime. I am a very responsible smoker and dont sell it or try to force it on anyone..

    August 3, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  2. Tex

    Marijuana is almost legal now in CA. Doctors will give it away to anyone for any reason at any time. Just pony up the money and a fake illness and bamm you got your recommendation to smoke pot. Legalize it already so doctors do nto profit from it!

    August 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  3. Ruby

    That the most stupid thing I have ever heard of. They hav e it to where no one can smoke cigerates but want to get people on pot! Pot causes lung problems to, not to say that your kids will all be buzzing from second hand weed smoke. Now how screwed up is that I ask you???

    August 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  4. nccpn

    Derrill is right on. There was no such word as marijuana until the guys who wanted it illegal, Harry Anslinger, Wiliam Randolph Hurst, and the Dupont dudes got together and attacked an innocent plant because why? Henry Ford had just produced a car made with hemp materials for the upholstery, the interior was hemp, dash, etc. the body had hemp fibers in the metal and it would not dent, and it ran on hemp fuel.
    And the hemp break had just been invented which would make paper production out of hemp very easy, earth-friendly, environmentally friendly and would be a self-sustaining crop which would grow yearly.
    You could get 5 times the amount of paper from the same acreage of hemp over 20 years that you could get from pine trees!
    That's why, the money-grubbers!!!!!!

    August 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  5. derrill

    hey idiots,there was no such thing as marijuana until 1937.that was a name they used to get it banned.everybody knowed at that time what hemp was(same thing different name)and would'nt have took it what they said seriously.they slaped another name to it,said that black men and migrant-mexican workers were getting white women with it and front of an all white congress.how did that go for the hemp farmer"not too good".it was real good for the oil men that cornered the market pushing all there black death.nylon,rubber,plastics and chemicals that has been killing us and our planet.they bought it and so have the american public.there is nothing hemp can't replace that we get from petro , cleaner. it also can use 5 times as much carbon dioxide as what is supposed to be in our air.some strains grow 30ft tall in one season(it takes15 years for pines)and 5times as much pulp for paper.not to mention fuel gas deisel and oil that would only take 3 percent of our farmland to grow enough fuel to power every car truck lawnmower and boat engine we got for a year.10 percent of land a year is 3 years,you do the math.I FIND IT SO HARD TO BELEIVE THAT A BLACK MAN THAT I VOTED FOR,HAS LET THIS RACIST PASSED LAW SLIP RIGHT PASSED HIM!! thomas jefferson would have flipped his wig about this.he wrote the dec of indepenence on paper made from hemp our first flag was made from hemp ,he grew hemp and smoked it,it's in his diary.washington ,adams all of our founding fathers did. so all you pot-fearing-haters know all this there will be sanity and soon. because you can't hold back the truth for ever.one day the american public will grow brains and do something about all the lies that were told to them and the people that sold them.keep tok'in and don't back down. peace out!!!!!!

    June 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  6. Jason

    Pro Pot. It is completely unconstitutional to ban pot.
    There is nothing the forefather wrote , and the fact that some used pot for all kinds of things and the story of anti-trust with dupont the corporation being sole responible for the criminalization of it, shoudl be enough to force the gov't hand on this very simple , nothing to get confused abotu issue.

    The gov'y will have to admit defeat on their extortion war, i dont think they will, it could make it far, the congress votes it in, then obama being a banker frontman, will be ordered to veto it and when congress or the justices which ever have the veto power over Obama, will be told by the bankers that if they pass it, there will be marshal law.

    This is how they got the bailout money. Why not do it here?
    This country would have benefitted from letting those suckers go down. I imagine there would be alot people not getting forclosed on.

    Think about it, we got dealt 2 blows by the bankers, with the help of the gov't, namely Obama. First the bank got their bailout instead of failing, and the homeowners getting their debt wiped clean. The Gov't helped them out , so they could buy up the competition. Seconds Gov't let GM fail, knowing many retirees are now not going to get their pensions. 2 big blows by bank boy obama directly to the guts of americans.

    So my point here is Obama has to follow his masters orders and the corporations will have the ultimate say so weather 100% of us want it or not.

    We need a MILLION TOKE MARCH on Capitol Hill, at least a million bong march, else the national gaurd will be there to violate posse comatatus, saying that the supporters of terrorism is marching to DC.

    Remember, they said this is your brain, and if you buy drugs you support terrorism, so to them a million whatever march will be like a full fledged terrorist attach with people who are stoned out of the reason.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:30 am |
  7. Bob

    AC I appreciate your no bias reporting at least you are showing both sides of the story. I think you should include how many people have been hurt by this prohibition (over 20 million so far). I for one was arrested for 23 grams of marijuana in 1999 and went to jail with a felony which has hurt my employment and still does to this day. In Florida possession of over 20 grams is a felony, sucks to be me right. Also in 1975 I got arrested for smell of marijuana on my breath in San Diego, California. I was not found guilty but it still caused me hardship and had to live on the streets for several months because it cost me all the money I had to get out of jail.

    June 18, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
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