January 7th, 2014
12:44 AM ET

The drawbacks to legalizing marijuana

A new poll finds a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. But former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy joins the AC360 Later panel and makes the case against it.

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  1. Jimbo

    Sounds like he is a guy with a big drug an alcohol problem who is either saying this for the benefit of his probation officer or is struggling with his own lack of self-control.

    January 8, 2014 at 1:08 am |
    • dean morse

      Yes, exactly my thoughts as well. Some people can drink alcohol and some can't. And I suppose with certain individuals, some can tolerate marijuana and some can't. And for some, certain substances can be triggers, leading to increased use or a craving for something else stronger. It is the addiction syndrome, which is exactly what runs in the Kennedy family.

      January 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm |
  2. Steven C. Drobot

    "The Down side of High" -documentary of effects on mental, physical health. does not try to deter just offers facts by scientists.

    January 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm |
  3. Steve

    I would like to know what they are basing their fact (?) on.
    Pot has been extremely excess able for many year, legal or not, if someone wants to smoke they can get it. Legalizing it at this point will only benefit this country through the collection of taxes.
    It seems that anyone that is actually interested in exploring the option of legalization is willing to do the research to find out the pro's and con's. The ones that say that OMG this stuff is really bad refuses to actually research the benefits and drawbacks to pot.
    Studies show that the younger demographic is in favor of legalization, Why, you might ask. IMO, they are not still listening to the 70's Reefer Madness propaganda, they are going out and finding out the answers themselves. And what are finding is the health benefits and that everything that they have heard over the years is made up crap.

    Nothing is perfect, but when you look at cannabis and all that it has to offer. In half the space, growing Cannabis alongside cotton, you get twice as much cannabis in the same amount of space. Hemp can be used for so many things from clothes to jewelery.

    As far as addiction goes, of course cannabis is addicting, Chocolate is additive. There has been no documented proof that there is anything in cannabis that is physically addicting unlike nicotine and alcohol.

    It's time to put the past behind us. 55% of Americans are in favor of legalizing cannabis. Doesn't that say something?

    January 7, 2014 at 8:27 am |
  4. Paul Pot

    From the very begining when public support for prohibition was almost complete, there was always a voice asking but should it be illegal.
    And that voice always remained asking the question and in the years since support gradually grew and grew till it reached the point we see now and we're having this serious discussion, because seriously, with the numbers there are now, people are voting these reforms in.
    These reforms began with decriminalization and then medical marijuana and they only reason they continued was because at each stage there never was a disaster.
    No catastrophe's occured so people were reasurred and allowed yet more reforms till you see the results today. Legalization and still no major cataclysm.
    And that is why legalization will continue to march through the states and nations of the world.
    The drug war has been revealed for a fruad and people are throwing it out.

    January 7, 2014 at 2:16 am |
  5. Michal Meaders

    Marijuana is not addictive. People, please educate yourselves regarding Marijuana and the benefits. Ask any law enforcement officer which he would rather deal with ; a drunk or a pothead. Charlottes Web look it up. Marijuana is safer than any of the seizure medications they put people on , safer than the beer you drink, safer than your childs cough syrup. The benefits far outweigh the "risks". Marijuana cures cancer ..... WAKE UP AMERICA >>>>> IT CURES CANCER

    January 7, 2014 at 1:43 am |

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