Editor's Note: Our “America’s High: The case for and against pot” story was a major topic of discussion among our Thursday night AC360° viewers. Questions were raised about why marijuana was initially made illegal and viewers offered economic and environmental benefits of legalizing marijuana. After reading some of the comments we have received, we’d love to hear what you have to say:
If marijuana was legal it would create jobs, unclog the court system and jails. Would allow each state to receive more taxes from the drug. This is a natural herb when did it become a bad drug?
I find it utterly amazing Anderson hasn't done a special on why Marijuana was made illegal in the first. There's only one more day on this special and he hasn't mentioned any of the other benefits Marijuana has, like for Industrial use. Maybe he might make time tomorrow.
Your coverage has been honest and unbiased, presents the facts, and allows people to make up their own minds. Which is what our government should do.
I am wondering why there has been no mention of the other benefits of legalizing marijuana, besides the medicinal reasons, for example: One acre of hemp would produce around 50 drums of oil around the same price as one drum of crude oil, or that if used for paper materials it would almost eliminate the need for cutting down our forests. There are many wonderful benefits, and much money to be made by making this a viable industry.
Thank you for your balanced reporting on "America's High- The case for and against pot." I was very surprised to find such open minded reporting on this issue on a mainstream news outlet. I always enjoy your reporting, and really appreciate bringing this issue into the national spotlight.
By making drugs illegal we are CREATING crime both within our own borders and in other countries. Why do we have the right to do this? The UN should have a meeting on whether to keep drugs illegal. Reversing these laws could do a lot to create jobs for people who need them and to reduce horrible crimes like they have in Mexico, etc.
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