Tony Bennett Pushes for Legalization of Drugs

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In the wake of Whitney Houston's death, most celebrities are reacting with nothing but condolences and kind words about the iconic singer.

Some, however, are speaking out in more detail, with Celine Dion telling Good Morning America today that the celebrity culture itself bears some responsibility for Whitney's demise.

Tony Bennett, meanwhile, has taken a different, surprising tact. At Clive Davis' annual Grammy Awards party, held just hours after Houston passed away, the legendary artist went off on a different topic.

Tony Bennett at the Grammys

"First it was Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, now, the magnificent Whitney Houston," he said. "I'd like every person in this room to campaign to legalize drugs. Let's legalize drugs like they did in Amsterdam. No one's hiding or sneaking around corners to get it. They go to a doctor to get it."

Not sure if that would have saved any of the aforementioned lives, but it's always an interesting debate. Where do you stand?

Should America legalize drugs?

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* Prescription drugs kill over 200,000 Americans every year-- even when taken as directed and not abused. * Due to Prohibition (historically proven to be an utter failure at every level), the availability of most of these mood-altering drugs has become so universal and unfettered that in any city of the civilized world, any one of us would be able to procure practically any drug we wish within an hour. * Throughout history, the prohibition of any mind-altering substance has always exploded usage rates, overcrowded jails, fueled organized crime, created rampant corruption of law-enforcement - even whole governments, while inducing an incalculable amount of suffering and death.

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* Apart from the huge percentage of people addicted to both sugar and caffeine, a small minority of adults (nearly 5%) will always experience the use of drugs as problematic. - approx. 3% are dependent on alcohol and approx. 1.5% are dependent on other drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroine etc. * Just as it was impossible to prevent alcohol from being produced and used in the U.S. in the 1920s, so too, it is equally impossible to prevent any of the aforementioned drugs from being produced, distributed and widely used by those who desire to do so. * Prohibition kills more people and ruins more lives than the drugs it prohibits.

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Some simple facts: * Colombia, Peru, Mexico or Afghanistan with their coca leaves, marijuana buds or poppy sap are not igniting temptation in the minds of our weak, innocent citizens. These countries are duly responding to the enormous demand that comes from within our own borders. Invading or destroying these countries, thus creating more hate, violence, instability, injustice and corruption, will not fix our problem. * A rather large majority of people will always feel the need to use drugs such as heroin, opium, nicotine, amphetamines, alcohol, sugar, or caffeine. * The massive majority of adults who use drugs do so recreationally - getting high at the weekend then up for work on a Monday morning.

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My reply to his statement is just"WOW!"

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I FEEL STRONGLY THAT BENNETT HAS THE EARLY STAGES OF ALZHEIMERS. FIRST HE SAYS 9/11 WAS OUR FAULT, NOW HE WANTS ALL DRUGS TO BE LEGALIZED.

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Legalizing all drugs in America would be a disaster. I think we'd see an increase in almost every problem that people face. There would probably be more violence, more motor vehicle accidents...the list goes on and on.

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Tony is living Proof! " LIFE IS SO MUCH EASIER ONCE YOU GIVE UP HOPE!

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@Mr. Bill ummmmmmmm..... I was right there with you until you started talking insane at the end. My hubby agreed, but perhaps you were just overwhelmed with feeling for your child/grandchild? It was a bit unclear. @My2cents......interesting point of view. I have MD and my mother of all people felt pot would help. I can make jokes at my own expense on that one. @Leo.....you must live in a lucky state. The FDA cracked down on my meds because people abuse them. Not only am I urine tested weekly but ALL of the narcotics had their dosage cut in half. I've been tested 5 years and will never fail because I'm not selling meds I need for my health. So I get to be in pain now due to the abuse of others. Sorry for the rant you guys, peace out.

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Humans have always used drugs in one form or another and they always will. From ancient peoples, to indigenous tribes all over the world, to modern society today, there have been, are now, and always will be people using mind-altering substances. Whether we use occasionally or socially or whether we are in emotional or physical pain and are looking to escape, we as humans will always use drugs. The so-called "War on Drugs" has done nothing to stem the flow of drugs coming into the country. Nor has it deterred demand. It's been a colossal waste of money & resources. If even just weed becomes legal, which it eventually will, it should be treated like booze-regulated & taxed. That would help to bring down the national debt right away. It would raise tax revenue AND stop the waste of resources-money wasted in court costs, jail sentences, etc. And that's just for marijuana-which is less harmful than alcohol-a legal substance.

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I have been trying to get marijuana legalized since 1967 when I met some cool folks in my home, Hawai'i. Today I do professional Social Work (MSW) and am an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) and continue to help da people of Hawai'i. Medical marijuana helped my spirit and bad back for over 45 years now....I do not consume alcohol or tobacco too! My blood work is as good as a 35 year old astronault......I am 60 years old with my 1st born 6 year old son......he loves papa who neva lied......he loves Papa's babies in da yard since his 1st breath.....my son is educated, chooses not to use any drugs, will tell Papa about good, bad, and secret touching.......How could a drug counelor smoke medical marijuana...OOOHHHHHHH..well I educated my son with da truth, he makes informed decisions, I did it with love, despite jealous, evil, and hurtful people who moved to Hawai'i......they can go home, yesterday would be nice..Mr. Bill.