Michael Douglas Weighs In On Marijuana Legalization

May 2, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Michael Douglas has spoken out against anti-marijuana legislation, insisting that US officials should legalize the plant for the good of the country.

Citing mounting gang violence and a further falling economy, Douglas who starred as a Drug Czar in the movie “Traffic” believes that marijuana legalization would give a much needed economic boost, create money for better education and healthcare, and take the power out of the hands of the drug pushing dealers that run so many of America’s streets.

“I’m questioning it,” he admitted.

“We’re trying to get a lot of money for health and education and I’m wondering… you look at these gangs, and I look back at Prohibition. When we didn’t allow alcohol, what did we have? We had gangs. We had big gangs. It’s something that needs to be discussed a little more. It’s an economic issue and a violence issue.”

Source: StarPulse


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23 Responses to “Michael Douglas Weighs In On Marijuana Legalization”

  1. Sherwood MacRae on May 2nd, 2009 10:38 am

    Yes, we shold move to legalize marijuana – at least, have a publc debate on the pros and cons of legalization.

    I am about to be 80 years of age and – in my time, I have seen hundreds of lives destroyed by the “legal” consumption of alcohol and tobacco and am hard pressed to recall even one person hurt by using marijuana.

    I have heard from most of those who oppose legalization and they are either the moralists who concentrate on the “sins” of others – without being honest enough to confess their own, and those with an economic benefit from leaving the laws as they are.

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  3. Colleen McCool on May 2nd, 2009 11:37 am

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  4. Jose Velasco on May 2nd, 2009 11:46 am

    It’s about time someone with celebrity status is willing to stick his neck out. Prohibition v2.0 is an utter disaster. Violence & families being torn apart. Billions upon billions spent. Education has been neglected & poverty persists yet the drug war rages on. It’s about personal choice. Death by burgers is no different than slow death by tobacco or illegal drugs. Educate the public (without lies and reefer madness) about the true dangers of drug use & abuse then allow them to decide for themselves. Ignorance is the gateway to addiction & unhealthy living!!
    J. Velasco Brownsville Texas

  5. Pat Rogers on May 2nd, 2009 11:50 am

    An ABC News Washington Post poll showed pot legalization is more popular than the U.S. congress that prohibits the legalization of marijuana. And this is the second time this year that major polls have placed marijuana legalization more favorable among Americans than is the congress that prohibits legalization.

    In this poll 45% approved of the job the Democrats are doing. 30% approve of the GOP in congress.

    46% of Americans approve of legalization of marijuana.

    Marijuana More and More Popular Than Congress
    http://drugwartreason.blogspot.com/2009/05/marijuana-more-and-more-popular-than.html

  6. Mark Montgomery on May 2nd, 2009 12:07 pm

    I agree with Mr. Douglas, pot should be legal. Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and their experience has been positive. Now if you are caught with a 10 day supply of your drug or less you face an administrative court, not a criminal court. We can do that here in the USA. A group of 10,000 very serious policemen, prosecutors, attorneys and citizens have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (http://leap.cc ) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. We can’t stop drugs. They’re sick of chasing drug users and sending innocent people to prison for decades just because they like to get high. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? Legalize ALL drugs now. Mark Montgomery boboberg@nyc.rr.com

  7. The Law on May 2nd, 2009 12:08 pm

    **CORRECTIONS**

    I’m shocked to see how many addicts we have here. I am a police officer, with the majority of my family in the pharmaceutical industry. Needless to say, I know more about this issue than any civilian, scientist, doctor, or judge.

    Legalizing marijuana is COMPLETELY ABSURD. Here are the facts about legalizing marijuana and the impacts it has.
    1) Marijuana these days is so potent that it can kill you.
    2) Marijuana already causes enough violence for Law Enforcement, making it legal would increase the violence tenfold as more and more cartels would move into our schools, churches, daycare centers, and force everyone around them in take a ”drag” of this terrible, life destroying, drug.
    3) If marijuana were to be legalized the DEA and the War on Drugs would receive significantly less funding. The vast majority (80%) of our hundred billion dollar federal budget is spent on fighting this killer drug, marijuana. Without marijuana, there would be no drug problem in America, thus we would have to cut back instead of growing our agencies. We need marijuana to be illegal so the federal and state governments will continue to support us.
    4) Prohibition works.
    5) Marijuana as a medicine is flat out ABSURD. Marijuana is tenfold more dangerous than opiates or methamphetamine (all of which you can safely obtain from your doctor at anytime), as my family and research tells me. Having opiates or methamphetamines in pill form gives you all the comfort you need to know that it is safe. If it wasn’t, then a pharmaceutical company would never make it because they value their customers and only want what’s best for them. The pharmaceutical companies are caring and compassionate. If marijuana actually helped anyone they would stop pushing their pills on people and give them marijuana. But the truth is, marijuana is much more dangerous than anything they create.

    As you can see, legalizing marijuana is the worst possible thing you can do for the welfare needs of the DEA and the War on Drugs. Also, medical marijuana is a pure joke. Marijuana is clearly more dangerous than what the pharmaceutical industry manufactures.

    Remember, think of our children.

    Thank you,

    -Law Enforcement

  8. Common Sense on May 2nd, 2009 12:48 pm

    Did we not learn anything from alcohol prohibition?
    Marijuana prohibition has been an indisputable failure. Legalize it and take the money out of the black market. Marijuana is less dangerous than either alcohol or tobacco yet both of those substances are legal (and should be). Every year our prison system releases violent offenders to make room for non-violent pot smokers. That is just plain insanity. Think of how better society would be served if our law enforcement efforts were directed more towards dealing with violent individuals. We would also save millions of dollars on prosecution costs and jail expenses.
    There is also substantial evidence indicating marijuana has numerous medical uses as well.
    This is a plant, legalize it and regulate it. We need to look at this issue using nothing more than basic common sense. Isn’t it time to drop the “Reefer Madness” stupidity?

  9. john on May 2nd, 2009 1:13 pm

    Law enforcment above me is a bumbling moron. You knkow more than scientists??? Ha. Idiot.

  10. Debbie on May 2nd, 2009 1:49 pm

    John, I really believe Law enforcement above is just trying to to make a joke about marijuana being made legal. I think he’s really on our side. No one could be more insane

  11. idiot on May 2nd, 2009 3:29 pm

    “Marijuana is tenfold more dangerous than opiates or methamphetamine (all of which you can safely obtain from your doctor at anytime), as my family and research tells me.” WOW you are dumb opiates are SO much more dangerous. As a cop you should know this, so stop spreading your propaganda.

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  13. john 2 on May 2nd, 2009 3:50 pm

    I do believe that pot should be legalized. The money alone would help alot in this and out of this ecenomic crunch. There woul be a whole lot less dealers in the US cause people could buy it in a store. And to what that cop says, did prohibition work. Seems to me alcohol is now legal again and why did they change it back. There might pe people pushing things on kids but thats for the parents to stop buy talking to their kids about things like that. Are there not kids pushing pot, alcohol, and tobacco on kids these days in teh schools? Thats never gonna change. And why would the DEA need so much money? If all the money that is spent on trying to stop the drug being here isnt needed because its legal, why would so much be needed?

    Strong enough pot that people can die?!? Never heard of that one. What i have heard of is overdoses on speed, coke, heroin and several other illicit drugs. The only thing thats gonna happen to jimmy down the street when he smokes to much pot is he might gain a few pounds and fall asleep.

    And not only would billions of dollars be made from the taxes that would be put on pot, but think of all the money that would be made from the hemp. And of course plenty of tax money will be made off that to.

    We can smoke and we die and its legal. We can drink and we die and its legal. Why not pot? I tell you one thing I’d rather have some stoner driving down the road comin at me then to have some drunk guy driving towards me.

  14. Steven... age 22` on May 2nd, 2009 4:03 pm

    Law enforcement personnel must be some of the most unintelligent people. Ever. There is no possible way to die from CANNABIS. You can not overdose on Cannabis. I have tried my entire life. It simply can not and will never happen. EVER. I like how humble you are to the pharmaceutical companies… considering they’re paying your family’s pension and such. These companies, are the scum of the earth… just like the petroleum industry… and the lumber industry. We legalize pot… and eliminate the need for petroleum products altogether. It would eliminate the need for deforestation while also being an INFINITELY renewable resource.

    I’m sorry Law Enforcement… You should shoot yourself in the brain. You are already brain dead.

    Two cents. 🙂

  15. Historicus on May 2nd, 2009 4:42 pm

    Clearly, the comment posted by “The Law” is satire. On a more serious note, real law enforcement officials had better start considering that it is a felony crime to suppress exculpatory evidence.

    The facts are clear that cannabinoids reduce cancer cells, protect brain cells and much more. Certainly the PATENT filed by the federal government (# 6630507) is proof that “marijuana” is not legally classified as schedule 1, supposedly having no currently accepted medical use. *

    Hundreds of thousands of citizens are arrested every year based on this false claim and denied the right to present a medical defense. Even if only 1,000 Americans sued on these grounds, the resulting press and financial liability would be overwhelming.

    * see: http://digitaljournal.com/article/257008

    and: http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6630507.html

  16. knife on May 2nd, 2009 6:36 pm

    Let the states f-in choose. If California wants to legalize, let them legalize. Be a huge boost to tourism, and their economy. It would be a good thing IMO. If Oregon wants to make it legal for med patients to grow/posess, let em! I have a feeling it may someday be legal, but it’s not gonna be for the good of the country, it’s gonna be for govt greed.

  17. olivia on May 3rd, 2009 2:58 pm

    I just had to weigh in on one thing: ‘The Law’, I love you.

  18. john jones on May 3rd, 2009 8:30 pm

    Its funny how many people wousld like to see marijuana become legally. But, its even better that all these people wanna see it legal yet it will never happen. Our way of doing things as a country is flawed and it has really becaming to light as of late. I have never been more scarred to be an american, I wonder if this is the way the romans felt when they saw the end of there empire approaching.

    I mean come we all want so many things but our leaders that we have elected have quit listening, it doesn’t matter how many people scream for legalization, because to many of there giant money makers are raping us. Gas runs this country there will be no substitute.

    Things such as the fight for the end of prohibition, is exactly what causes civil wars. The only difference now is the goverment will end the world before they hand it over.

  19. Pepper on May 3rd, 2009 11:47 pm

    I’m for the legalization of marijuana but think of the others who are not.(1)Doctors, because at times you will be able to manage your own pain without their assistance.(2)Pharmaceutical companies have a lot to loose if marijuana is legalized.People can self medicate when needed without the being totally reliant on Pharmaceutical companies who don’t care about your well being.(3)Companies that produce Beer, Wine, and hard Alcohol.sales on all three will seriously be affected by legalization I guarantee they will not take a backseat to Pot.And last but not least(4)Tobacco companies will be affected by legalization but probably not as bad as the others.People we have work to do.It wont be easy, but it can be done.

  20. The Bloody yank on May 4th, 2009 1:13 pm

    First off- Mr. Law Enforcement is NOT serious. I’ve seen his postings before. He’s illustrating how stupid people can be … he’s on our side…a parody, if you will.

    Michael D. is completely correct – let’s keep up the pressure & keep this issue in the mainstream – I’ll be 45 this year & I’ve never seen ‘legalization’ so close. We’ve got several bumps in the road to hit along the way but if we keep to the truth – Freedom will ring!

  21. David Lizama on May 4th, 2009 6:59 pm

    The LEO who thinks legalization is absurd…is an obsolete cop.

    He clearly is more worried about keeping his job than helping patients in need of compassion. And his family works in the pharmecutical industry to boot. Big surprise. None of those drug dealers–which is what they are—want to see God’s Greatest Gift to Man being grown by ordinary citizens since it would replace the poison you see them shilling to you each night on TV.

    Strange how poison sold by pharm on TV is called medicine while an herb made by God on the 3rd day of creation is a drug. Pure Orwellian doublespeak. White is blue and blue is black. There can be no truth.

    Marijuana is Medicine. TAKE A CLOSER LOOK!!

    LEO will rather protect guns, prisons, cigarettes, and booze but destroy marijuana plants. LOSERS.

  22. mary on May 5th, 2009 12:38 pm

    go gov. make it legal….
    yyea for pot

  23. Brad Larson on May 6th, 2009 4:40 pm

    To “Law Enforcement:”

    You are hands down the most ignorant person I have ever had the displeasure of reading a response from. You make no sense at all. And I would assume that since you make no sense, you’d be unable to realize that fact.

    -you can’t overdose on marijuana, so I’m not sure how you’d directly die from it. Please enlighten us on that will ya?

    -if you honestly think that a drug cartel would walk into my 2 year old son’s daycare and make him take a hit of marijuana….well I have no words to describe you. Please explain (since you offered zero credible examples) how violence would increase other than some paranoid delusion that drug cartels will infiltrate schools to make people smoke weed. Ridiculous.

    “Without marijuana, there would be no drug problem in America” – That is so freakin’ hilarious I’m just going to leave that one alone. I could have sworn there were higher rated felony narcotics that people use illegally and legally. Maybe I’m wrong, haha.

    “Prohibition works” – I can’t believe that a real person actually typed this. Check out the results of the prohibition of alcohol.

    “pharmaceutical company would never make it because they value their customers and only want what’s best for them” – Yup, just ask the makers of Hydroxycut how that worked out. You sir are the most uninformed person, and I am fearful that there are people out there like you. I am more frightened of you, based on one typed response, than I am of every marijuana user in the world hands down.

    “Marijuana is clearly more dangerous than what the pharmaceutical industry manufactures” – Clearly this is the case, lol. That’s why marijuana actually combats most of the side effects caused by man made drugs. And I don’t recall hearing of many cases of liver disease as a result of marijuana use. Hmmm.

    One more thing; can you tie your shoes by yourself?

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