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Tony Bennett calls for drug legalisation following Whitney Houston's death

By Guttz, Feb 14, 2012 | | |
  1. Guttz
    Speaking at a pre-Grammys party, 85-year-old singer says users should not be forced 'to hide' when buying drugs

    Following the death of Whitney Houston, Tony Bennett has called for the legalisation of hard drugs. Houston would not have died, Bennett said, if drug users were not forced "to hide".

    Bennett made his comments just hours after Houston's body was found in her hotel room. The 85-year-old singer was speaking at Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammys party, which had been abruptly re-dedicated to Houston's life. "I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get our government to legalise drugs," he told the star-studded crowd. "So they have to get it from a doctor, not just some gangsters that just sell it under the table."

    According to Bennett, drug laws were responsible not just for Houston's death but for the premature ends of Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse. This is a bizarre claim: Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning, while Jackson was killed by the effects of a legal drug, administered by a doctor. Houston's death has yet to be explained.

    Despite criticism from certain quarters, Bennett said on Monday that the reaction to his comments has been "mostly positive". "[Legalisation would] get rid of all the gangsters that make people hide," he told Rolling Stone magazine. "Once it's legal and everybody can do it, there is no longer the desire to do something that nobody else can do … You're always afraid you're going to get arrested. You have to hide. Why do that?"

    Bennett won two Grammys on Sunday, including a prize for Body and Soul, his duet with Amy Winehouse; this brings his career total to 17. "Winning just feels great," Bennett said.

    Sean Michaels
    guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 14 February 2012 11.27 GMT



  1. enquirewithin
    Well posted. Tony Bennet is making a good point. The Guardian, the so-called 'liberal' paper of the UK, as usual has be thoroughly reactionary.

    It is true that Amy Winehouse died of alcohol, a dangerous poorly regulated drug in the UK and Michael Jackson was killed by a doctor giving him prescription drug, but they both had a history of illicit drug abuse.

    In Portugal partial legislation has lessened not increased problems, so it seems that Tony Bennett is essentially right, even if what he said was not 100% well thought through, more an emotional reaction. Good for him for speak out.
  2. makin
    prohibition is a proven failure and everybody know it. The legalization of all drugs is the most obvious answer to a huge number of problems. I did a little research and found an interesting article...on why we have a drug war......

    The first group are the drug lords in nations such as Colombia, Afghanistan and Mexico, as well as those in the United States. They are making billions of dollars every year -- tax free.

    The second group are the street gangs that infest many of our cities and neighborhoods, whose main source of income is the sale of illegal drugs.

    Third are those people in government who are paid well to fight the first two groups. Their powers and bureaucratic fiefdoms grow larger with each tax dollar spent to fund this massive program that has been proved not to work.

    Fourth are the politicians who get elected and reelected by talking tough -- not smart, just tough -- about drugs and crime. But the tougher we get in prosecuting nonviolent drug crimes, the softer we get in the prosecution of everything else because of the limited resources to fund the criminal justice system.

    The fifth group are people who make money from increased crime. They include those who build prisons and those who staff them. The prison guards union is one of the strongest lobbying groups in California today, and its ranks continue to grow.

    And last are the terrorist groups worldwide that are principally financed by the sale of illegal drugs.

    Who are the losers in this war? Literally everyone else, especially our children.

    This article I think broke it down pretty good. The california prison guard union is called the CCPOA they are the largest union lobby in california. Their only goal is more members to pay dues. To get more members you need more prison guards to get more prison guards you need more prisoners. So to break it down the CCPOA's only goal is to lobby for more prisoners

    The article ends with their answer to the problem..............

    We should also reclassify most Schedule I drugs (drugs that the federal government alleges have no medicinal value, including marijuana and heroin) as Schedule II drugs (which require a prescription), with the government regulating their production, overseeing their potency, controlling their distribution and allowing licensed professionals (physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, etc.) to prescribe them. This course of action would acknowledge that medical issues, such as drug addiction, are best left under the supervision of medical doctors instead of police officers.

    Of course I think they should take it one step further and make them all just as legal as liquor. regulate it tax it and keep it out of the hands of children.

    According to the LA Times (thats were I got this from) the US alone has spent 2.5 trillion to fight drug trafficing.

    And what they got for our money is the highest incarceration rates on the planet

    I couldn't figure out how to make the chart larger but if you click on it you can see it better
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