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March 24th, 2009
02:00 PM ET

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American Morning viewers were focused on the drug legalization story that featured Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron. Most were in favor of legalization, with stipulations attached.

  • Sandra – “I don't know about legalizing Heroin but it sure makes a ton of sense to legalize marijuana. That alone would devastate the Mexican Cartels or, at least, put a good dent in their system.”

Those who opposed the idea were vehement in their rejection.

  • No name – “Your guy has got to be out of his mind!!! I have a sibling who is addicted to alcohol and is now in an assisted living home as she has alcohol induced dementia as a result of drinking too much and adding across the counter medications to the mix!! She is a ward of the state. Great idea…legalize everything! What an Idiot!!!”

What’s your opinion of drug legalization? Do you think it will help solve the financial crisis? Do you think it’s similar to prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s? Share your thoughts with us.

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  • Fred Robinson – Kiran: The President must stick by his secretary. Tim’s plan is very good, and he is doing an outstanding job. The President is focused, and eventually the problems will dissolve. The guy is a cool dude. Rock on.
  • Cowboy – It seems that there would have to be a better way,than to legalize all drugs. If perhaps most of our millatary wasn’t envolved in the two wars, why not use them to patroll the boarders? if we can win wars abroad with the millatary why couldn’t we win the war on drugs here? thanks for listening. have a wonderfull day!!
  • Terry – Geithner….he covertly authorized Chris Dodd to insert the authorization of the AIG bonuses in the 1st Trillion Dollar Pork Package…..he printed a trillion last week…Obama signed the Omnibus with 8,500 Pork Packages….Another trillion to the Toxic Assets….Trillions to the Budget next week that Pelosi doesn’t want anybody to talk about…just vote. And someone is talking about Geithner is doing a good job….hello American Taxpayers.

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  • Michael Sean O'Brien – Can you please tell us more about the terrible plane crash in Butte, Montana that killed 14 people, including 7 children ?
  • Phoenix Racine – Wouldn't it make more sense to allow these renters to stay in these homes? They lost the payments from the owner so if they allow the renters to stay while paying the bank the rent, they will not lose so much on the forclosed home in a market that most people are not buying in right now?

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  • LolaGirlie@amFIX – This "plan" is nothing but another band aid. What happens in another 10 yrs when it all falls down again? how many patch jobs?
  • yayfrogs@amFIX – Legalize stuff that isn't addictive, such as pot. It's naïve to think legalized crack won't become a problem.
  • dennismasciotra@amFIX – what about new/improved job creation tax credits, would that not help the economy as well? (without benefitting the ultra-rich...)
  • nikmatt@amFIX – Marijuana legalization needs to be taken more seriously. Straight scientific talk would be a godsend if anyone would take that jump.

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  1. Tom

    Legalizing pot would have an enormous impact on the economic situation by freeing up the courts to handle real crimes allowing the police to concentrate on the REAL drug problems in our country not to mention if the industry (which allready exists nationally) was legalized millions of people could freely earn money and pay taxes on that income.

    March 25, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  2. chooch

    Marijuana smokers do not kill people because they are high. Drunks do. But alcohol consumption is legal for those over the age of 21. But marijuana is not. Where is the logic in these policies for two completely different substances. Alcohol does far more damage in society that pot will ever do. I am a former career military man and I would rather be in a foxhole or battle with a "pot" smoker than a juicer. When your drunk, your drunk and no matter what happens during that intoxication period, the drunk can not become instantly straight, much less function and make rational decisions. A pot smokers high is overcome immediately thru the release of adrenalin. The reason "pot" is illegal is not so much because of the harm it does but because of paranoia and ignorance. What business organization is the biggest supporter of keeping Marijuana illegal? The Alcohol industry of course. If everyone was smoking pot, nobody would drink alcohol. End of story. I support legalization of marijuana but not addictive drugs such as ALCOHOL.

    March 25, 2009 at 7:14 am |
  3. Mary

    Legalizing marijuana and every other drug? This is nuts!
    This economist looks a bit out of sorts to me, not only in his thinking but his whole demure.
    What we do not need is people more tainted than imposed alcohol addiction along with more drug addiction driving on our roads and living in our world. Our biggest drug pushers are people of the medical profession handing out drugs like popcorn, and numberous advertisements filling our heads with take this drug, take that one. Focus need to be taken off drugs in general.
    Too bad we do not have a more secure border from Mexico from drugs entering the country.

    March 25, 2009 at 7:13 am |
  4. Jorge Alexandres

    I hope you guys are really listening, because I tried to contact the Obama administration and nobody is listening there!

    This is in regard the economy ... We can easily inject money into our economy putting people to work and giving them the incentive to work, instead of wasting money generated by the tax payers.

    To do this we could easily do the following:
    Let people making minimum wage be tax-free, and allow people that work two jobs to be free of taxes on the second job, or at the job with the less amount of income. This alone will input a lot of money into the country's economy, will give an incentive to people to work, and will help to bring down the unemployment rate.

    It could also be considered to convert what now is the states program Workers Compensation to be part of the universal health care program Americans very well need. The actual program does more bad than good to small businesses.

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to come out with a plan to fix our economy, the question is does the government want it to be fixed? Or is it that our brand-new administration is so busy trying to plug-in holes here and there that can't see the problem and solution at the whole? Come on ... let's get out of the hole!

    I am fortunately employed, but I am as well concerned on how the american people are suffering for the mistakes of corporate and financial America.

    March 25, 2009 at 7:12 am |
  5. TYF

    CA has tried to legalize marijuana for 'medicinal' purposes: on the consumption end. It costs the DEA (USA) more money to pursue arrests of marijunana smugglers (far more) than any amounts
    confiscated through raids, stings and seizures...
    For growers, smugglers, or dealers: the monetary value now attributed to marijuana would not exist if it were not illegal. As a crop, marijuana is not that popular: even if it were legal, the demand would most likely not increase enough to warrant much greater mass production; and for those already illegally involved with growing, selling, etc., the price commanded would decrease drastically
    as some person (s) would also begin to production of it. As the
    competition amongst growers increased, the price would decline:
    CA would make more money by selling fresh (pintos) beans as the demand is higher and more consistent amongst consumers; or peppermint which is highly demanded for use in hair, skin care and food items... What does any of this have to do with renter evictions?
    The supposed "property management" of the building where I've lived for over four years was recently "popped" (caught and/or busted) by the DEA for something akin to doing the laundry of Mexican marijuana money: that was right at or slightly before the week CA (the State of California) decided they were the property management and tried to sue me for "eviction" for not paying a $200 limited partner fee (for the apartment building)...
    The building was then prepared for implosion, but I managed to convince the State court I could not be forced to sign on as a limited partner–consequently avoided having my home looted (robbed) on the pretense of eviction litigation–but it took three (expensive) defenses (at trials) and three "dismissals with prejudice" to
    avoid being forced to homelessness no one else but by the
    State of CA...
    As of now, the building is still standing, I'm still paying rent every month and I'm trying to sue CA at the USDC, SDC: but the federal clerks of courts are refusing to function with any reasonable amount of civility or it seems there may not even be a real federal court
    here or rather, it looks like a court and they accept money for filing cases but so far, that's the extent of it...
    There are no saints: last week, supposed marijuana smugglers tossed tons of cash out of a pick-up truck window while driving down the I-5 and people stopped right on the very lanes of the freeway to grab the flying cash and now the news is touting a DEA demand
    for the money grabbers to return the loot...
    This might mean: the US Federal District Court intends to issue "prejudgement writs" (file false claims) for eviction of any persons known to have any money at a CA home; a "prejudgement" means the homeowner, tenant or occupant is declared guilty with
    five days to prove innocence or sustain a loss of everything in or at a home and the home...
    CA "eviction" laws say it can be done, but it's ILLEGAL or cannot be done: confusing? California.

    March 24, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  6. brcrazy

    The legalization of marijuana is inevitable. I could understand the legalization of certain hallucinogenic drugs. But legalizing addictive drugs like heroin, cocaine and meth-amphetamine is ludicrous.

    March 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm |