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February 4th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Marijuana school easing financial pains?

You're out of work. Bills are stacking up. Time is running out. Could medical marijuana ease your financial pains?

We spent a day at the first medical marijuana school in economically-stressed Michigan, and talked to a recent graduate who's growing his own shoulder-high pot plants in his house in Detroit.

Do you think medical marijuana is a legitimate way to get an economy going?

Post your comments and Kyra will read some of them on CNN Newsroom 10a ET.


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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. sarah

    you do, what you have to do.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  2. zara

    Give michigan a break let them grow and sell and find a way to for both the citizens and the government to make money.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  3. Johnny Vixen

    Decriminalization of marijuana is about to reach the tipping point. It can infuse billions of dollars into the States and create thousands of jobs. It is a no brainer and it is happening as we speak.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  4. Toni

    Everyone needs to just get over it, and accept it. It's the wave of the future. If Michigan can make it all happen smoothly and start to see revenue come in other states will quickly follow.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  5. Isabel

    Absolutely! Let's be serious... EVERYBODY has either smoked pot sometime in their life or is smoking pot right now. The fact that it's illegal is just a joke.

    People have already been paying their bills with pot money for a very long time. It's about time they made it legitimate. If they really want an economic boost– they should just legalize it for everybody! 😉

    February 4, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  6. Emmanuel Adu-Darko

    Scientists and doctors should come together and clarify this marijuana problem,mankind should'nt be hypocritical about certain issues marijuana can cure asthma and i can bear witness to that a guy i attended high school with got rid of his asthma by smoking marijuana,it can also cure TB

    February 4, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  7. Carl

    Good Morning Kyra,
    Miss Heidi; but U are the perfect replacement.
    Smoking pot, in my humble opinion is not the answer.
    First, you can buy medicine in tablet form that has the same drug as pot in it.
    Second, if you smoke it there is the danger of the tar in the paper which is more dangerous than the nicotene in cigarette for example.
    Final analysis is: medical marijuana is a cop out for the user to use an illegal drug without being guilty of a crime. There is an option to get the same drug and the benefits of it without the smoke.......

    U R GR8 anchor
    Carl

    February 4, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  8. Tyler

    If the amount of money spent trying to prevent these entrepreneurs from growing was combined with the revenue that could be generated by taxing it's growth and sale, Michigan would find that this is a viable way of filling the void caused by the failing auto industry. Problems occur when news corespondents can't make it through a segment about Marijuana without chuckling.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  9. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Lets all smoke ourselves goofy with medical weed pass out the bongs and smoking stones along with the Cheech and Chong sized rolling papers lets put the river rats out of work .

    February 4, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  10. JohnD

    I think that it should be legal, it is such a minor crime and does not affect our society in a bad way.
    1. It could ease your financial pains; some places in California already are dependent on marijuana to keep them going.
    2. No medical reasons why it would be illegal.
    3. Legalizing it would reduce loads on prisons and law enforcement (police might be against in because they would lose jobs.)
    4. Government does not have the right to micromanage peoples private life that does not impact others.

    I would write more but I have to go to work... I am a doctor...
    Thanks

    February 4, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  11. Dennis

    I 'm out of work and I would love to be able to grow Marijuana as a job. I'm from Texas the first state to criminalize Marijuana and I can tell you prohibition doesnt work. Marijuana isnt for all people but just because it isnt for you doesnt mean it isnt for me. The reason Im not smoking now is because I cant afford it and most employers screen for it.

    Dennis

    Fort Worth

    February 4, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  12. Jim

    I think you need to Grow up when reporting on a issue that is important to many people in the USA. I am out of work and would love to start my own Medical Co-op. There are very few cottage industries open to the working class poor.

    Kyra please try to be open to new concepts that could create jobs and relieve pain.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  13. gary owen

    needs to be legalized period this stupid war over a plant has gone on too long. what harm has been caused by its legalization in states that have done so. none!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  14. Toni

    Prohibition has never worked, yes by all means legalize it. Look at the revenue that has been made by legalizing alchol, which not too long ago was as illegal as marijuana. This is no different, except that Marijuana actually does help medically, so there is more of an incentive to have it legalized. The states that actually do this will recover much quicker than those that do not, but the Federal Governent needs to deem it legal and let the States decide for themselves so there is no risk of being imprisoned.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  15. Mrs. Shannon

    Why not?! Not much else has worked at this point. Seems like the prohibition on this has only caused more problems that what it is worth. It's only a weed? right?!

    I am also insulted listening your your anchors and other CNN guests **giggle, giggle** about the subject. It is a proven medicine that has been used since the beginning of time. Show some respect for the medically ill.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  16. Nick

    I believe we do need to have narcotic drugs controlled by the government. However i do no believe Marijuana is a narcotic drug. If we were to, as a country, legalize Marijuana you would be able to tax the legal sale of it. We would be able to create jobs for those that cultivate it, and new places to legally sell it. Of course we can also make money with the licensing of individuals to grow and sell it, and you could tax that too. Of course we can grow our economy using this method, we need other methods as well. This would also free individuals who are in jail for marijuana changes, this would also save there. I do not believe that Marijuana is a gateway drug, those whom you associate are that gateway. Lets move the US into a new age where we can fight poverty and organized crime in Mexico by stopping the sale of marijuana to cartels. Lots we can do if we open our minds to the possibilities.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  17. Nino

    Marijuana the best medicinal plant ever, very misunderstood.

    Dozens of benefits for the mind and the body (what are the benefits of alcohol and nicotine?

    ;

    February 4, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  18. Louis Combs Jr.

    Hey Kyra,
    Given Michigan's unemployment rate, the auto industry failing and a host of other recent unfortunate events, legalizing marijuana to create jobs for caregivers seems reasonable to me.. Look at the numbers; over 3000 caregivers, over 8000 patients and those numbers are INCREASING. I mean, come one! It will create jobs which is the number 1 way to get Michigan moving again. It will give thousands of patients the treatment they need.
    As it pertains to all the catch-22's...Kyra, this is America. Where there's a will, there's a way.
    I mean come on! We're locking up citizens for having a 1/4 oz or less of marijuana on them. How much does that 1 person cost tax payers keep in jail for 48 hours? When's the last time you've reported on someone, somewhere in the country, doing something stupid because they smoked marijuana?

    Louis
    Atlanta

    February 4, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  19. Chuck Hill

    If Richard Nixon had not trashed the scientist reports years ago that said they could not find any adverse effect from marijuana use I believe that marijuana would already be legal and our country would be collecting taxes on our true number 1 cash crop. When Nixon started the "War on Drugs" it completely changed our country forever and not in a positive way. Our overcrowded prisons from minor drug offenenders is one of the best examples of what happens when policy is not thought out. While prisons supply jobs they also destroy lives.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  20. Kyle

    You smoke and perhaps get the munchies or take a nap. you take 12 aspirin, that's the last headache you'll ever have. and you can buy aspirin over the counter.

    I am a patient in Washington state. I can't handle the pills I was prescribed for my broken back, they mess my head up and make me pretty much useless. just a little bit of Med MJ and I can function and work. it has been a blessing.
    legalize it and regulate it like tobacco or alcohol, and we can start paying off the deficit, and release hundreds of thousands of people that are serving time for possessing or selling. (which would save a ton of money not having to house and feed them)

    Why is this so hard to get through to people?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  21. Scott Stodden

    Kyra I don't know what legitimate and what's not anymore in this world! I feel like medical marijuana can help people when there sick then fine smoke some but we shouldn't be worried about maijuana in this country right now when so much more needs to be focused on like the economy, jobs, infrastructure,why cars are being made that do nothing but kill a person (Stay Away From Toyota), why people are treated unfairly in life, why people that we the people elect always let us down, these are things we should be worried about Kyra not marijuana and who's smoking it and who's not, Ok pass medical marijuana definitly do Congress People & Senators do it now but in the end what a person does is there own business, times are tough and this country needs help right now and that's not only my opinion Kyra!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    February 4, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  22. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I think it should be leagle for citizens to be allowed into burn sites when the cops are burning up the erb;s along with 16 gallon kegs of beer .

    February 4, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  23. Frank Gore

    What would be the net effect If marijuana were to be..legalized? ?
    1) billions of dollars removed from drug cartels arsenal
    2) fewer illegal aliens hauling marijuana and remaining here
    3) no need to build prisons as massive space would be available
    4) states could regulate like alcohol and taxes could boost revenues
    5) probably lose some user because it no longer "illegal"!
    6) otherwise law abiding people could come out of the closet
    7) A proven medical valve and less harmful than cigarettes!
    The reality is it is being smoked it will continue to be smoked like
    alcohol will continue to be consumed! Do we as a society continue to
    prosecute and persecute smokers of marijuana? While funding the
    slaughter of people by drug gangs?
    OH DUH?!
    Frank Gore
    Waco, Tx

    February 4, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  24. Erin

    With the financial stress Michigan is under, it makes complete sense to take advantage of the Medical Marijuana Industry. Why waste police efforts and time on casual users, medical users or caregivers?

    If Michigan creates its own Marijuana crop then we don't have to support the illegal drug cartels outside of the US.

    Medical users and most causal users are not criminals, are not overdosing, are not getting into shoot-outs, are not pushing other drugs, and are not committing violent crimes.

    Myths about Marijuana and the Taboo cloud that hangs over Marijuana eas pushed by Propaganda campaigns, scare tactics, cultural ignorance and racism.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  25. La'Gamont Robinson

    Beer,oxycotin,viketin,and a whole host of other legal drugs are used everyday by people of all fields of work. While you have a large number of skilled individials who can't get a job because they enjoy smoking pot on the weekends.Marijuana stays in your system for up to 30days making it impossible to pass a drug screen by employers.C'mon man, I think alot of good people are unemployed because marijuana is illegal!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  26. Terry

    Perhaps - but full legalization would be a much better choice and would bring in much more money. Cannabis simply doesn't fit in the Schedule I status, I'm sure we can all agree on that. Someday the fed will take the advice of the AMA and reschedule cannabis to Schedule II or III.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  27. Wojciech Moskal

    How in hell smoking weed helps you paying bills. The only thing it does is makes you stupid maybe. But OK I get it majority of you do need a f....en excuse for being the way you are, lazy and dumb. You know what, crack, coca, crystal meth, glue sniffers, and heroin dealers and users make the same argument. I think pot smoking maybe more dangers then other drugs(you can see results of using hard drugs fairly quickly), side effects may come out in future generations. When president Obama said we where the sickest civilized nation on the earth, well keep on getting high and having children hippies. Plus I heard even pot isn't the same anymore. With todays science and labs you never know what you gonna get. Let me give you an example of what I see. I saw a scientist take gene property of a fish( deep ocean fish that has natural antifreeze) and combine that with the tomatoes me and you buy in the store, reason being they do not go bed as quick. Now imagine taking that technology and lets say, combining heroin and weed, and growing it and selling it as weed. I have also recently ran across a warning put out by MA health department warning people of a some kine a chemical(which was used on sick animals or something like that) was being used as a cut in cocaine. You know what I found interested is that the media does not give enough attention to thing that really kill and are more of a treat to American's then some idiots running around with an AK-47. I almost wanna say that people are being poisoned in America on purpose, or with intent. Drug dealers poison them, their families, and then psychiatrists, insurance, agencies, some bed doctors give them more drugs, as long as they cash in on their misery we allow it. You also found a funny way of convincing those people on how you care about them, and great America is, and how they have all these rights and freedom to do whatever they want. The truth is you are talking to handicaps in many cases, cause you made them this way in purpose to make money out of them and slave drive them to the grave all in the name of money and greed. I used to drink a lot and did drugs as well, and believe me when you're addicted you're not free. It actually feels so good to be free of being dependent to any thing, go back to church, and finding God, true God whom created men, not the god people make up in their mind for purpose of justification of their B S..t.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  28. dbesson

    antidepersents make me violent. pain pills make me dumb. on top of that doctors make me broke. ! joint of pot fixeses everything. so why not let it be leagal.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  29. Angie M

    Question? When did Prohibition on Alcoholic beverages end? Wasn't it just before the end of the great depression?

    Yet it did end. But I do not like marijuana for one reason, it smells disgustingly like burning biological waste. Yep, it smells like burning crap. Why would anyone want to put that anywhere near their mouth when it is so disgusting?

    Then there is the fact that the All Independent Economists are saying: The Recession is OVER, thanks to the TARP program.

    So why would we need a Medical marijuana school to help the economy which is no longer in trouble? Sounds like Marijuana druggie activists are filling the airwaves with a marijuana smoke screen.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  30. Scott Fallentine

    Kyra, This country spends millions if not billions of dollars per year trying to keep drugs out of this country. We also spend millions on jails for drug charges and crimes. Thousand of people each year are killed because of the drugs that Americans want. Why don't we take the criminal element out of it. Make all drugs legal. The taxes would get this country out of debt pay for health care and rebuild this country. We are fools if we think that drug use in this country will stop. So why don't we just be smart and make some money off of it like we do alcohol and tobacco.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  31. Dennis Herwig

    Kyra,
    If medical weed reduces the demand then the trouble with the mexican border wars can be reduced. It should be legalized! The days of prohibition should be over by now. We know there are medical uses for delta-9, this is no coop out. GOD created it so it is a freedom of religion matter, trusting GOD as your pharmacist.. First admendment stuff.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  32. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Decriminalizing marijuana and taxing it would most probably cut the deficit in half. Setting up cafe's that only sell pot and soft drinks would also probably stop people from going to bars and DUI's would go down along with accidents caused by impaired drivers. Smoking marijuana does not impair your driving and probably would help those who drink too much and become abusive. It gives you a mellow high which would bring people closer to one another not the abusive high that drinking usually does when one drinks too much!

    February 4, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  33. Dennis Linville

    I have struggled ,some years far more than I care to remember. I am proud to say even through those tough times I never sold out my children and as much as possible protected them from the drug dealers.I spent many hours after work and school showing my children the baggage that comes with being part of the drug world.I am very proud and thankful that none of my kids are involved with drugs and are teaching my grandchildren the same values.I must admit it was a great help drugs being illeagel and the government at least making it appear to children that there was a war on drugs and they stood a good chance of going to jail.
    Today Obama and Schwarzenegger are making every effort to turn our country over to drug dealers.We are being taxed into poverty to protect drug dealers in Afganistan and its obvious our government has turned its back on the very ones that made our best effort to do what the government USED to say and try to fight the drug problem.
    The word medical is being thrown around like it somehow justifies drug dealers getting into power and subjecting our children more openly to the drug world.
    This is a very sad time and I can only hope that I have instilled decent values in my grandchildren by example and they will avoid the drug world on their own because there certianly wont be any help from our government.
    Do I want drugs leagel? no! As a matter of fact I want Obama and Schwarzenegger arrested for trafficing drugs.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  34. John smith

    I believe that if we legalize and tax marijuana it might just bring us out of the economic crisis we're in.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  35. Alex w

    It's funny to me because human beings have been growin cannabis for thousands of years, with historical evidence dating back to 5000 BC, and now because of big pharma it's illegal because you can't patent a plant.

    And my favorite part is that most of the political big wigs who support the "war on drugs" claim to be Christian and read the bible, well doesn't it say something about god creating all things on this planet for us humans to use??? So which bible are they reading.

    So why souldn't we be able to grow it. Oh ya it could be a multi billion dollar business if it was legalized, taxed and regulated but hey lets put nonviolent offenders in to prisons with real criminals, over a plant.

    Great logic lawmakers.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  36. MaryJane Cannabian

    Cannabis – its proper name, ("Marijuana, or Marihuana", was the name used by Harry J Anslinger to induce fear from white America because it "sounded foreign") has been used as medicine for thousands of years, it has only been since 1937 that it was deemed "Illegal" as a way to control those who used it, namely Blacks, Mexicans, and "satanic Jazz musicians". It is natural and non-toxic, one would have to smoke 1500 lbs. in 15 minutes to induce a lethal response – impossible.

    If people don't want to use it, that is their choice, but there is no reason why those who wish to use this plant should be thrown in jail.

    The most dangerous thing about marijuana, is being busted for using marijuana. Legalize it, along with Industrial Hemp, and it will make more money than you could imagine for the state and drug dealers will be the big losers! Go Michigan!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  37. Dan

    Isabel,
    You say everybody has smoked or is now smoking marijuana.
    Wrong. I personally have never touched it. Before you go lumping me and millions of others in to your statement, get your facts straight.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  38. Stephen McDaniel

    Tried it Once... just made me hungry... But over the course of 50 + years, I have seen evidence of smoking or eating helping Thousands of my friends, relatives, etc. Especially, it has made a difference in one of my son's ability to cope with pain and back problems.

    Just like anything, it can be misused. But, the long term effects seem to be WAY Less than Alcohol or other drugs. IMHO.

    The Benefits to society greatly outweigh our efforts in this terrible "Drug War".... let's concentrate on drugs that truly Kill People ! ! ! MJ can't even kill a dog ! ! God Bless Us Everyone, and get your Morals out of my Life !!! I have my own morals and they have worked well for 67 Years, Thank You : )

    February 4, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  39. john sudic

    ahei , don't you Americans have enough problems without going into drugs. Which Dummy thought of this!!

    February 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  40. Daniel

    The Tea Party Express is quite similar to Germany's Nazi move-
    ment in 1920's Germany.It is full of hate and all other right wing
    mumbo jumbo that makes very little sense and inflames uncalled-
    for hatred.The bulk of it's adherents are quite ignorant and either
    do very little thinking or don't think at all.All this makes very good
    fodder for the Republicans and other right-wing hate groups who
    have a great infinity for war and needless slaughter of human
    beings who are different from us.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  41. Darin Williams

    Why does it have to be medical marijuana, this plant should be legal for everyone to grow, use, sell, or whatever else they want to do with it. Through making this plant legal it would be a hugh help to the economy, period.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  42. David in Dubuque

    I smoked pot when I had cancer in 2001.It had many positive results.It is a great antinausia drug.I paid good money for that in a form of a perscription only to have it make me even more nausious.It is the best way I could find to give me my appitite back. It helped me with the stess of being sick. It was a great way to relieve my pain until my perscription pain medication kicked in an hour after I had taken it.
    I told my doctor I was going to smoke pot while going through chemo. His response was that he wished he could perscribe it for me.
    Anybody who is against medical pot, in my opinion, must own stock in the pharmicutical industry.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  43. Kathy

    People need cannabis everywhere. The glacier of prohibition melts drop by agonizing drop as the need for cannabis outstrips the propoganda that it is in any way dangerous. Prohibition is the only thing that makes cannabis dangerous. Denying this medicine to the people of any country in inhumane and extremely short sighted.

    February 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  44. Mark Heinrich

    I live in Australia and suffer from chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and have done so for 30 years. There is currently NO single or combination conventional medicine to treat PTSD! I have found that medicinal cannabis fully treats my PTSD, such that I do NOT have nightmares or night terrors, and I get a good sleep.
    The problem for me is that when I use medicinal cannabis, the Federal Police in Australia see fit to do hard entries into my home, look through my wifes undies, THEN LOCK ME UP!
    My PTSD comes from being locked up in A Turkish Prison 30 years ago on a NON-DRUG related charge. Why oh why do the police then put me back in prison for trying to use the only medicine on the planet that treats my PTSD. Utter madness.
    You scoff at legalising medicinal cannabis, yet you ignore the overwhelming evidence as to it's efficacy in treating over 200 different illnesses.
    Prohibition was thrust on to Australia by ignorant US presidents, and the DEA who are the agents of DOOM to all other countries, meddle and self serve while sick folks suffer at the hands of LEO's and big pharmaceutical companies who are terrified they will go broke once the world realises that CANNABIS IS A TERRIFIC MEDICINE.
    Namaste

    February 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  45. Grover

    I have hepititas C 1a Drs recommend me to not even take Tylenal Problem is my chronic pain stemming from chemo .I,m told marijuana could help .Should I try? Would you if there were no alternatives or options left for you. Can you take the pain .Not so funny when your dieing and you aren,t allowed BY LAW to Help your self or maybe a loved one . Maybe your mother or Father. Anybody in this possition should not have to fear arrest for trying ANYTHING that comforts them.NO Known reports of Marijuana overdose never never. Count how many children DIED just this last year on over the counter drugs like TYLENOL .Legal for anyone.Go figure. How many of your kids are in jail for Pot. How many jails are filled to over capasity because of simple Pot arrests. Is alcohol safer because its also Legal. Would our econimy be better if people could use hemp as fuel sources or textile factories to start up or the thousands of other uses hemp produces . why are Criminals getting richer and more powerful. .Because marijuanna is illegal.

    February 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  46. Denise Julien

    You do realize, that even the American college of Physicians, has called for the re-classification of cannabis.
    They site the decades of research, that consistantly prove it's efficacy, and benign nature.
    It is shameful, that after decades of research and decades of use, people are still being persecuted for using this plant.
    The medical research is now leaning to cancer. Study after study, has shown it to be effective in tumor reduction, by as much as 50% in many cases.
    Israel has the largest research facility on the planet, and is agressively studying this phenomenon.

    February 5, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  47. Jim

    Please do more shows on this topic. It would be nice if Kyra did a CNN special on how this could be good for the Economy and the Medical benefits for patients. I am sure NORMAL could provide you all the information you need. We need the jobs and the Tax revenue.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  48. Scott Fallentine

    I love Kyra, I think she is great. I think she is very good and her job and sown to earth. She cares about what is going on and doing her job.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  49. deonta Jackson

    there is way more important things going on in this world than some marijuana.. it sound to me whomever behind this STRONG topic wants to attended marijuana school... quit wasting the brain and my time...

    February 5, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  50. Jeannie

    Legalizing M.J. and...yes, Cocaine under strict Federal regulations might be at least a partial solution to several problems.
    1. Their purity and potency could be graded and made uniform by
    quality control regulations, strictly enforced.

    2. They could be packaged and sold as medical or recreational products with excise and sales taxes that would benefit our economy.

    3, Legalization could cut the legs off of drug crime and illegal trafficing of drugs. It would reduce the populations of criminals engaged in illegal trade...as well as the "criminals" who are incarcerated for "possession".

    This would begin to save our governments (Federal and State) a few billion dollars per year, some of which we could use to pacify the moralists who believe that marijuana is bad,,,but liquor is good etc. etc....

    February 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  51. jason

    Marijuana must be legalized and taxed. We are borrowing billions from China to build prisons and incarcerate pot smokers at an enormous burden to the taxpayers. bankrupting our country.

    Legalization is one generation away if not sooner. It will be the US number one cash crop. Lets tax it and keep the money in the US now.

    February 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  52. Justin Cauchi

    I feel its an excellent solution to gain an economy boost! I feel it should be legal outright It will take the vast majority of so called illigal drug( marijuana) dealers and smokers and place them into a legal system where they are not labeled as criminals and treated like everyday human beings as tobacco smokers and alcohol drinkers only with less close to no harm! in fact would decrease there chances for serious health problems! Come on people Your way did not work and continues not too people of the everyday life will continue to smoke and sell marijuana therefore putting money into drug dealers and cartels providing them money for worse things that happen in our country and city's! Why not put it into a legal system where the everyday people gain from this wonderful plant!

    February 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm |
  53. GARY ANDREW PALLISTER

    Cannabis has been a main stay in my life since 1969,i used it socially all these years ,then realised the cannabis was actually helping me control other problems i was having ,with boose ,drugs,life in general.Sober 11 years in Aug.i say here and now that CANNABIS saved my life.Yes i said saved my life!!!!!I am 55 ,with 4 grandbabies,i have been a productfull human and have done my best.Alas,I AM A CRIMMINAL,yes when i go to church i ask forgiveness fer being a crimminal too.THE government made me into one,yes and thousands just like me!!!!!!!!!THE WALLS ARE TUMBLING DOWN.POLCOA is a defence to prove ,to show,we as CANADIANS been lied to and taken advatage of,WELL we are standing up and it won't be long afore we are no longer crimminals!,RESPECT,Gary

    February 6, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  54. Kathy

    I would like to address anchorman Carl's post.

    In Canada, that pill you are taling about is called Cesamet and many doctors refuse to prescribe it, although they will do so for oxy's or percs. It is also known as Nabilone or Marinol. Many medical users find it helpful, but it does not contain the same medicine as THC in cannabis, which is the main ingredient that helps many conditions. The pill is useful for nausea, and used widely after chemotherapy.

    But, Carl, why is a pill acceptable but not a plant? Once a pharmaceutical, the active ingredients have been tampered with. Many people seem to believe that once something is in a pill, it is acceptable, Unfortuntely, many of those pills, such as Oxycontin, kill people, whereas cannabis does not.

    It is not a good idea to tell medical users that they are using this as an excuse to do illegal stuff and just have fun. I challenge you to look into the real lives of serious medical users. You will find sick people who are untreatable by conventional methods, making lives for themselves because cannabis allows them to do that. It is arrogant of you to suggest otherwise.

    How dare anyone suggest that cannabis is not serious medicine! Why don't you report the facts about medical users and stop making light of this? I challenge you to do that and preserve any journalistic integrity you may have.

    Just take a pill? that is your solution? I thought journalistics were supposed to research and think about things in not so shallow a way.

    February 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  55. Jay

    Cannabis must be legalized. As others have said, it grows naturally outdoors in many parts of the country. I used to live in The Netherlands. Anyone who believes it shouldn't be decriminalized needs to live in Amsterdam for a few months. It's incredibly well regulated, and it brings in a huge amount of money. It's a well-respected, non addictive recreational drug that's not bad for your body. It's common to go out in Amsterdam and see a well-respected, white-collar couple (man and woman) go out to a nice dinner, before going to a coffee shop for a juice/coffee and joint. Whereas here in America, the same couple goes out to dinner, and then out to multiple bars to waste money and destroy their bodies, only to wake up with a hangover the next morning. Doctors in most states in the US currently prescribe it for us with a vaporizer- eliminating any harmful effects that could be caused by smoke. The amount of money it will ultimately generate for the American economy will be completely unbelievable. I see it being completely decriminalized in the US in the next 5-7 years max. It really is a "no brainer."

    February 6, 2010 at 11:09 pm |
  56. Suzanne

    I completely agree with the above post, Kyra! – You do need to do more shows on this topic. Do a whole special on legalization's benefits to the economy and terminal patients. I think it would be interesting and eye opening for all.

    February 6, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  57. Renee Estrada

    I used ti smoke it but now I ha_ COPD and it makes me cough. I felt better when I was able to. It calmed me down took my pain away too. I have multiple health issues. LEGALIZE it already. Then I could get the kind I would need the mellow and powerful. It forz help the lungs too.

    February 7, 2010 at 2:51 am |
  58. Mark Heinrich

    Looks like there is overwhelming support against your statement, Kyra. It will be interesting if you pick fairly and balance the weight of opinion, when you read some of these comments on CNN Newsroom 10a ET. It is obvious that folks above clearly support the use of medicinal cannabis, and it is obvious that the revenue made from any cannabis ventures WILL benefit the Us AND global economies.
    Prohibition has been a monumental failure, and has been the biggest singleasset to international terrorist organisations, that you quake in fear of.
    The US took the world into this madness, and the world expects you to get us ALL out of this un-Godly mess.

    February 7, 2010 at 4:25 am |
  59. Gerard Henry

    As a legal patient in california I use smokable and edible cannabis I grow myself I have used marinol and found it too weak alone to be of any use unless useing it with cannabis. The price is far too high priced for the average person to buy and also too high for HMO to want to prescribe. Myself I am 75 yrs of age and use for different reasons, pain, sleeping, wasting syndrome / appetite, and spasms. I am fighting neuropathy, neck cancer, and am using a walker to move around. My cannabis expenses this year was less than $ 100.00 if I had to buy meds from elsewherethe cost could be over15 thousand dollars and I would have no meds to help my appetite and addicted to benzodiazapams. Jerry

    February 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  60. Doug

    So it is alright to take $5000 a month of medicine from big pharma, but do not take something that god made. Something that grows in your backyard, that was made illegal to protect William Randolph Hurst' paper mills and the logging industry from a cheaper alternative- industrial hemp. Because of that millions suffer from the pains and ravage of disease, or the dervastating side effects of prescribed medication in the form of pills and potions. As a person living with MS, survived cancer,. and recently diagnosed with advanced osteoporosis-like a 95 year old {I am 46 } I demand an alternative, or at least somethinbg I can take so I can have an appetite to eat a little something. It sickens me to read some of these anti-MMJ statements made from people who obviously have not walked a mile in my shoes. Until you are taking 20 pills a day and self-injecting intramuscularly, do not dare to suggest what is good for me, legal or not. I hope that these people and their friends and loved ones never get sick, but when they do, god forbid any of you get any relief from your nausea, lack of appetite, insomnia, pain or suffering. You just stick with your pills. Stop Prohibition Now !!

    February 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  61. Doug

    With more states finally coming to their senses, legalizing a drug us ed for 5000 years safely, there is a definite need for producers of MMJ. With the economy being so troubled, a legalization would create a new source of taxes on the already #1 cash crop in the US. Combine the new taxes with the untold hundreds of billions in plant eradication efforts by federal, state and local law enforcement, and I think you have enough to bail out some big banks, so yes, I do think it could jump-start our economy. I wish more Prohibition-Era survivors would speak out on this situation where only criminals benefit from its continued state of outlaw in most of the country.

    February 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  62. robert

    if not for some archaic political will, Haiti could be the country that supplies quality cannabis to the world medical patient system. saving the country from becoming bankrupt while giving employment to most of the islanders from, agriculture to export. too many people benefit from the black market for that to develop.

    February 7, 2010 at 10:42 pm |