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March 13, 2009

Friday's LKL: Jimmy Fallon, Anna Nicole Smith Arrests and Ron Paul on Legalizing Marijuana!

Posted: 05:31 PM ET

Tonight, "Saturday Night Live" alum Jimmy Fallon’s New Job!  The "Late Night" host goes prime-time with a hot new show!  And he's stopping by our studio to talk about it.  Hear how the new job is going – and get behind-the-scenes details. 55059353 It's Jimmy Fallon's turn in the hot seat!

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Have a question or comment for Jimmy?  CLICK HERE!

Then, tune-in tonight.  We may use it on the air in our blog segment!

But, up first tonight, an exclusive with Howard K. Stern’s attorney!  The longtime companion of the late Anna Nicole Smith was arrested last night on felony charges!  Did he keep Anna Nicole Smith dazed with drugs?   We'll discuss that and more in this sensational case!

Also, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul thinks marijuana should be legalized!  Actor Stephen Baldwin disagrees!  And they'll debate it tonight as Joy Behar sits-in for Larry as guest host.  It all begins at 9 p.m., ET!

Filed under: Anna Nicole Smith • Jimmy Fallon • Larry King Live


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joanne osinkowski ontario canada   March 13th, 2009 5:53 pm ET

I always felt that Howard Stern was responsible for Anna Nicoles RX use. Howard you are where you belong in prison exactly the same way you kept Anna Nicole ...


Brandy   March 13th, 2009 7:04 pm ET

I thought Jimmy was in a no win situation, but his show is actually watchable. Congratulations.


Daniel Girt   March 13th, 2009 8:04 pm ET

I am interested in watching the Ron Paul/Stephen Baldwin debate. This is becoming a big issue, and i don't think anyone in there right mind could say what our government is doing now is working. I won't be holding my breath for a sensable debate, but there is realing nothing to argue about, if you look at the facts. Lets face it people, adults should have the right to choose a safer alternative to nicotine and alcohol. Not only that but we will see benifits in medicine, economy, and youth drug use.

AND WHAT ABOUT HEMP??? We all know its the better alternative to anything made with oil. Are we that stupid, our own police cannot tell the difference between two different looking plants??? Hemp alone could save us from this depression. From fuel to food, heating, clothing, plastics (everything is made of plastic), .... come on everyone – we are smarter than these laws!


Ed Saukkooja   March 13th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

Keep Marijuana Illegal, and tax free


Bryan   March 13th, 2009 8:38 pm ET

I want to know if Jimmy Fallon will have Ron Paul on his show?


Amy   March 13th, 2009 8:52 pm ET

I think legalization of marijuana could be a key in our nation's economic recovery. Stop throwing money away on investigations, raids, trials and incarceration. Isn't it obvious by now that it doesn't work? Taxation of marijuana could bring a very large revenue for this country. Not to mention opening up a whole new industry. Hemp. Everything from paper to clothing to fuel can be made. More so-called Green Jobs. (no pun intended)


RevRayGreen   March 13th, 2009 8:55 pm ET

Larry, I am living,breathing,walking,talking,working, VOTING proof positive medical marijuana works.


Kelli from Tampa   March 13th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I think Howard Stern is supplying his attorney with something. What is wrong with that woman?


Randy   March 13th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I am 59 yrs. old with a long, successful career as a college professor. Like many other baby boomers I first smoked pot in the late '60's. By the mid-70's, I smoked every night an hour or two before bed. Two years ago, i divorced and am now very lonley living alone. Now I fire up the the minute I get home from work and can not stop. One phone call, and I can get more weed anytime I want. Even with the knowledge that a professor of psychology has, I am unable to control this behavior–smoking pot once a day every day for over 30 years–NO we should not make this drug legal. If I couldn't get it I'd have to stop.


Nick Apuzzo   March 13th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Regarding the Anna Nicole story, The orange label on controled substances states.

"Caution: Federal law prohibits the transfer of this drug to any person other than the patient for whom it was prescribed"

I don't need to explain that.


Jennifer   March 13th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

For jimmy: Is your wife off-limits in your comedy routines or monologues? If so, why?


Jeannie   March 13th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Regarding Anna Nicole, her son also died, so WHO gave him the pills? Sounds like they are responsible for two deaths.


Joe   March 13th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Were Joy/Jimmy in LA or NYC? The View is in LA this week, but Jimmy tapes in NYC... I don't understand how they had time to get in the same city, if Jimmy taped his show at about 6pm Eastern


Michelle   March 13th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Hi Jimmy,

I am pro-cannabis because it is my beer after work. 4:20 is my happy hour and I feel so bad for people who do not take advantage of this beautiful plant. I am hoping that the "reefer madness" idea of the weed will soon go away. I feel that it is all ignorance that is why people are so against marijuana.

What is your take on this issue?

Do you ever smoke marijuana? 🙂

Thanks,

Michelle Raney
(PinayWhitey)


Susan Staples   March 13th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I truly feel bad for Howard Stern, As a recovering addict I can see that he and Anna Nicole had a very co-dependant relationship. We all know that if an addict wants drugs they will get them somehow ,someway. Regardless of how their significant other feels and if they try to stop us we put them out of our lives. I hold the physicians in this country responsible for a large part of the addiction our nation suffers. I believe some of them knowingly prescribe these meds. especially to women because they know you will be a monthly appointment. We become a major source of their revenue. I believe that Howard K. Stern is guilty of loving her in a very enableing way.


Blake   March 13th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Larry, i am one of 872,721 americans in 2007 alone that has been arrested for small Possession charges of small amounts of cannibis i am a non violent offender. I have spent huge sums of money in fines and drug classes, ive lost my job and my freedom, we need to change are laws on non violent cannibis users.


Daniel Girt   March 13th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

@Ed Saukkooja and Randy... What??? No.


Brad   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon is doing a great JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Brian   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Yes, all the guys do think he's cute. And funny only makes him cuter!


Janet Bohan   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon is awesome!


Big Doug   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

If you are using marijuana to fight depression, yes you are going to get addicted to it, I know I smoked for 15 years to fight mine and I have now been sober for over a year, Sorry but the truth is you need to deal with your deppression and then decide if you want to use Marijuana safely and responsibly.


thebigcrawler   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I LOVE Jimmy Fallon. He is hilarious. You are doing a great job!


Debbie F   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Jimmy is great. I really am enjoying his show and he has fit well into those large shoes of Conan. Good Luck Jimmy, many, many, more shows! Thank you.


Casey   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Jimmy, it's not as bad as you think. Really.


Mark Edwards   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Gay men LOVE Jimmy!! You are so incredibly HOT!


Trish   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Krista Barth

Regarding Larry Burkhead (sp?)

He will be seen as a trustworthy source of information when/if he testifies in court regarding the alleged drugging of Anna Nicole Smith by Howard K Stern.

He was right regarding the baby. Does that make him right on this issue, not necessarily, but it helps the prosecutors, with the judge and jury, show that he is honest.

Good Luck


volkan { turkish wonder}   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

are you still going to be making movies ?


stephanie   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I really am glad you are back on television. I love your show keep up the good work. By the way you look like my son and he has people tell him that all the time. we love you in baltimore.


Larry Phillips   March 13th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon is clearly the Sarah Palin of late night television.


adan   March 13th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Much better than connan


Katie Johnson   March 13th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

JIMMMMAAAY!!! You're doin amazing man!!! I'd take your pickle anyday!!!


Gina Capaldi   March 13th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Love you, Love you, Love you! You are doing great and bring a fresh and new funniness to late night tv!


Cristina   March 13th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Love Jimmy Fallon, he's cute, young, fresh and really cleaver. Good job Jimmy keep it up.


Shawn Nicholson   March 13th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I would like to know what has been Jimmy's most interesting moment so far as a late night host.


Jack Houston   March 13th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Joy,

Jimmy is great...welcome to late night! Looking forward to watching him.


Sanabel El-Hakeem   March 13th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Jmmy Fallon,

Yesterday on your show, you said that Madoff is in jail and adopted Islam. Madoff is a jew, why do you want to through him on Islam.

Sanabel


Sue Olund   March 13th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I think Jimmy Fallon is doing a fabulous job. He is a natural ...... I haven't missed a show.


jay   March 13th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon is a very likable guy except when he is a crazy Red Sox fan!


Maryalice   March 13th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I think JImmy has done an incredible job so far! He is a natural with people. His timing and humor is perfect! Love him! Keep it up Jimmy! It'll only get better and you will get more comfortable! LOVE YOU


Wendi from Blackwood, NJ   March 13th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Hi Jimmy, you are doing a GREAT JOB!! I really do try to stay up for your show although I have to work the next day. The one of funniest things I've ever seen on late night was you and Cameron Diaz having the dance off!! Awesome. The Bear Pong with Serena Williams was hilarious too...she kicked butt! Love ya'.


Majid Faris   March 13th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Hey Jimmy,
I'm from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. You're doing a great job, keep it up buddy. Just wondering how much work does it take to be a talk host ? I'm trying to get my own show started. Any advice ?

PS. Have you ever visited Dubai ?


zeke   March 13th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

jimmy is much better than nancy grace or jay leno idiot


Lynn   March 13th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

You'll do great! You're adorable!!! You're funny!!!


Robin   March 13th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Jimmy is doing a FABULOUS job!!!!!!! He's hilarious!!!!


Edward, Boston MA   March 13th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Question for Jimmy:

Saw the skit with Donald Trump and wonder will you be doing more skits in the future on the show?


Jason Heard   March 13th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Jimmy you are doing a great job, and no offense but you will never replace the great Conan O'Brien. But whoever said there can't be more than one great one. Best of luck from Iowa!


Jacqueline Barletta   March 13th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Hi Jimmy,
Saw you at the WHO at Madison Square..Love your new show and wish you the best of luck!!! You are just what our economy needs, Laughter!!!!!.


Maddox   March 13th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Jimmy made even me nervous watching his first Late Night show, but I can honestly say after just two weeks, I look forward to it every day. The show is already a hit in my opinion!


MC Fulkerson   March 13th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Jimmy,
Joke dances may be ok but please dont pull up suspenders or do a stupid opening dance like Conan did. Do your own thing and you will be ok. Good Luck


Pam Kimber   March 13th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I'm sorry but Jimmy Fallon is absolutely darling, funny and sweet, something that makes even old ladies like me want to stay up late for. He will be immensely successful in his new job!! Congratulations!!


Judy   March 13th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jimmy so far!! Great to have him lighten up things in the late night-he is by far the most relevent!! Lick it for 10 will sweep the nation! ;-)))


Brandon Leal   March 13th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

hey jimmy im only 15 years old but i still watch your show all the time and i think your doing great keep it up


Susan South   March 13th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Jimmy is so adorable. It's refreshing to see a comedian that's normal and funny!


Josiah Gulden   March 13th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Legalization of marijuana would also create a whole new commodity market in our country: industrial hemp. It's the only product we can import that we can't export, and it's one of the most versatile and resilient fibers known to man. It grows quickly and easily, and its cultivation could lead to the creation of tens of thousands of jobs all over the country. I say it's beyond time we turned the marijuana problem into the marijuana solution.


Sharon Doyle   March 13th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon,

You are Excellent ......

Keep Up The Great Work & Have Fun Will All be Watching.

Cheers from Chicago, Happy St. Patricks Day your A Wee Gem
Sharon


Mary Jo Shisko   March 13th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I have always been a late night TV fan. and now I have something to look forward to every night. Jimmy Fallon is a breathe of fresh air. I enjoyed his first two weeks and wish him the best of luck.


Mary Patrick   March 13th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I'll watch Jimmy anytime. He has the most contagious laugh so when he's having a good time on his show, so are we! You're great, Jimmy!


Marquez Devera   March 13th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon you will not last. I caught your show last night and you stuggled. Your presentation was fractured and your jokes fell flat! NOT the new King; sorry.


Lisa Rowan   March 13th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Love you Jimmy. The show with Justin was way too FUNNY!! You have done a great job so far and will continue to....I just know it. A Fan for Life....Lisa, Whiteville NC


Liz Richardson   March 13th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon rocks...As a mother of 2 and 32 years old I found myself nodding off around 9pm...but this past week I've been tuning into Jimmy Fallon and having some great laughs.
I think Jimmy is truly hilarious and quirky. We needed a breath of fresh air. The Roots are also a fantastic addtion!


Gary La Vigne   March 13th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Jimmy: Congratulations for getting the new gig. I have only one complaint. Who is writing the jokes for your monologue?
I hear nothing but dead air. I think your are doing a great job otherwise.


Mike B   March 13th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Listen bro your doing a good job just don't try so hard. Connan was the face of that show for a long time so its gonna take some time to put your own spin on it. By the way the band is the best don't get rid of them for anything. I got an email the other day of your interview with the electronics guy I work for Sprint and I am going to be selling that new Palm. You were hilarious me and the guys were on the floor good job man! Keep it up.


laura slutsky   March 13th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

jimmy –

love your new show.

did you understand what joy meant when she said "some comics geshry????

it is a yiddish word meaning "scream and yell and complain" – how does joy know this – she is italian.

love you irreverance –

best,
laura slutsky
from new york city


lucia tristao   March 13th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

i love watching jimmy
he is very funny,
here is extremely talented
i thing he is going to be as great as jonny carson is just a matter of time.


Susie, Oakville Ontario   March 13th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon, I love you, you're hysterical. Your show is like a breath of fresh air, it's fantastic!


Dave   March 13th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Creatively funny,

My wife and I love the show, we could all use a good laugh and his new show provides a great escape.


Eleanor Foster   March 13th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Fallen is a very likeable guy. His show is better than his predecessor. I think Fallen will be more comfortable as time passes.


Blake   March 13th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Increasing marijuana arrests does not achieve the stated goals of marijuana prohibition, Despite recent increases in marijuana arrests, the price of marijuana has dropped; its average potency has increased; it has become more readily available; and marijuana use rates have often increased during the decade of increasing arrests.


Edward, Boston MA   March 13th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Jimmy you are doing a great job! Lighten up a bit !

Don't try to be like all the other late night hosts.

Keep bring the techie stuff like "Twitter" to the show.
Techie stuff is way over the other late night host heads !

At least one skit per show will also keep you laughing !
we like when you crack up !


debby   March 13th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

jimmy Fallon is a breath of fresh air for late night...been a fan of his since sat. night live....love his comedy...great job!!!


Ron Draycott   March 13th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Jimmy you are the new King of Late Night! I started with Letterman, always appreciated Leno, loved Conan. But you my friend, have the charm & charisma of Carson!

Keep on, keeping on.....

Ron
Calgary, Alberta


andy   March 13th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am really a Conan fan.....but am gettin into Jimmy's Show....I love it so far...but I would think that he should be careful not to mimic any of Conan's skits...such as the "green screen" walk
about thingy.


Bill   March 13th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I caught Jimmy's first night, sorry.....he just does not have it,I was embarrased for him,If he lasts six weeks,I'll be surprised. He was not funny on SNL and he's not funny now.


sheila genore   March 13th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

HiJoy and Jimmy you are both doing a great job.me to by the way only been at this for a week.love it and glad to be able to communicate with you. keep up the good work.Ayoung at heart senior in Tweed ontario canada.


Don   March 13th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I HAVE NOT MISSED A SHOW!–You're on crazy guy- Keep up the great work...


Nick Burns   March 13th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Jimmy's show is a refreshing option in the late night comedy talk shows.

It's like SNL meets Conan

Nick Burns skit from SNL was his best....imo lol

classic.....


Susan Staples   March 13th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Jimmy is fabulous! We needed something fresh to make us laugh , he in himself is a stimulus package!


Daniele Alicea   March 13th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Jimmy fallon is FREAKING ADORABLE!!!! I love him! I would totally give up my happy home to run away with him! hahaha ..Muah! Jimmy ! You go boy! E-mail me back if you wanna know what i would lick for $10! hahaha


Phyllis Sack   March 13th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I'm a 63-year-old grandma who loves Jimmy Fallon! I've been an SNL fan from the get-to and he's been one of the best cast members in my opinion. I stay up to watch his late night program and think he's doing a fantastic job!


Jim Stevens   March 13th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Its bad enough that Larry isnt on his own show, but we cant stand Joy Behar! She has her own platform with The Vew. Of all the guest hosts you could have fill in, why do you continue to bring in such a left wing god awful substitute? Cannot even watch the program when she is on. On top of that, Jimmy Fallon is so weak as a guest. Complete waste of an hour on CNN. Whoever is calling the shots in programming is a complete fool. File Behar under the same category as DL Hughley. This is the Cable NEWS network right? Not pathetic comics. Maybe if you continue to lose in the ratings and advertising dollars, youll finally have Donald Trump call in to say 'youre fired" to whoever in programming is making these stupid decisions. Until then we wont be watching. On a positive note, Ali Velchi is excellent! He should be given hsi own prime time show.


Dianne   March 13th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Finally, Gen-Y and Gen-X humor and thinking has a place somewhere other than Comedy Central! Welcome, Jimmy!


Kay Ackerknecht   March 13th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Hi Jimmy and Joy!,
Love you Joy on "The View" and in person when I saw you in Easton, Pa., and loved you, Jimmy on SNL and now your new show!
I don't fit the demographics, however.... I'm a 62 year old lady. But love both of you. Keep up the good work.


Amy Laurel   March 13th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon is great on late night TV. He adds the most normal personality. Lovable and honest to real people. Not to mention he's super funny and cute. He really has a conversation with his guests and that is what keeps me watching!


KM   March 13th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Jimmy's doing an amazing job. When it was announced he'd be taking over for Conan, I thought they were nuts. But he's having fun, and the techie-geeky guests he brings gives the show something other late night doesn't have. The question for me is, once Conan returns, am I really up for both shows every night?


nancy neal   March 13th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon is a breath of fresh air. I particularly like the fact that he is funny without being mean spirited. I'll keep watching.


Chris Avery   March 13th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Hey Jimmy,

I love your work! I loved Feverpitch! It was one of my all-time favorites. Will you be doing more sports movies? That would be great! Great Job!


john   March 13th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

jimmy is the greatest, wish he was taking lenos place so hed be on earlier !


Lynn Woods   March 13th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon keep up the funny business I enjoy watching you and your new show. I even watched you on Oprah – was that sticky bun really good?


zeke   March 13th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

better guest make better show, if i have pamela anderson or julia roberts every night my show will be the best, f. writers,you can be the best comedian but if you have guests from albania you will suck!


Mona-Lynne Ayotte   March 13th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I would rather not criticize Jimmy Fallon in his first few weeks at the late night host because criticism never improves a person or a show. Criticism is not an objective tool for an artist and he is an artist with a sense of humour that opens the doors of the mind to look at things differently. What encourages and improves a person like Jimmy Fallon is to ask what is working? That takes courage. What is working is his ability to modernize, to facebook, to include his family, to make jokes and to dance blindly. He's appearing with Oprah, with you and looking to connect with people. Both my daughter and I have enjoyed him this week. What I would like to know most: what has he loved doing on his show the most...what has he found successful that he wants to develop further so that he can make this show his own. That's what audiences want...his authenticity inside and out.


Marcie   March 13th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Jimmy, I hope you can do this show for the next million years! You're doing a great thing for late night shows. Love, love, love that The Roots is your band. I almost fell out of my chair laughing during the Amanda Peet running of the bulls...


Jen   March 13th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I grew up in Saugerties and I am very happy to see how successful you have become. Keep it up!


Diana S   March 13th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I thought that you were going to be lame. From the skits tonight, I will be happy stay late to see your show. Knowing that it doesn' t look so good for the stimulus plan at work.


Katelyn   March 13th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I just wanted to say that I think your doing an awesome job Jimmy! I've caught the show several times and what i've seen has definitely made me laugh out loud! (Eating Babies) Funny and creepy...

Also, I really enjoyed your bit about troll dolls wayyyyy back when...

The Allanis Morissette song kills me every time!

Lots of luck,
Kate


Eric   March 13th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Hey JF,

I was flipping around the channels and saw you were on LKL. I was told there was a poll to vote if you were doing a good job. So, I jumped on CNN to vote that you were doing a good job. Instead I saw a poll asking who my fav. late night host is and I had to go with Conan. Hell, he's good and very quick witted. Plus, you just started...... In any event I'm voting here that I think you're doing a great job. That gives you a +1 on the poll. (where ever it is)


Rebecca   March 13th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Hi Jimmy! I'm loving you on Late Night, keep up the good work 🙂


Robert   March 13th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

What is the worst possible scenario for regulating Cannabis?


Amelia Thomas Dallas TX   March 13th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I think Jimmy Fallon is doing great on his new show, I watched for the first time last night. I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my fave late night talk show guests, anchor Brian Williams, on last night. I love the band, the improv was cool. I like Jimmy's laid-back and cool demeanor, he is refreshing. You go, Jimmy, do your thang!


Ernie Schwaegerl   March 13th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I just realized I like Jimmy Falon!

Who knew!!

Keep it up!


Big Doug   March 13th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Doing something over and over and over again and expecting different results is the definitiion of insanity, so after doing the same thing for over 40 years and thinking this year is going to work is insane, lets get smart on drugs, tough is not working, legalize Marijuana, educate people on drugs with the truth! kids know when your lying, end this failing drug war.


Lisa   March 13th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Jimmy's a great addition to late night and Joy needs her own show!


suzi   March 13th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Hey Jimmy,
I love your show! Your first few weeks have been great and I am looking forward to more great shows!


victoria   March 13th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

hey, have you ever been apart of a production you are now not so proud of? love your show.!


ANJOU   March 13th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Hi Jimmy:

CONGRATS on your new job!! So nice to see you at Larry King show. You're doing a great job!! Looking handsome and happy!!

I immensely enjoyed your Saturday Night Live "Cowbell" skit with Will Ferrell. It was " HILLARIOUS." You tried so hard to suppress your laugh when Will was going out of control! In a word, his funny looking hair and your laugh, it was priceless. Please say hello to Will from me.

Cheers!

Anjou
Canada


Richard Delgado   March 13th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Question for Ron Paul. How soon does he think marijuana will actually become legal in California.?


Jen   March 13th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Where do you see your self in 20 years?


James   March 13th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Prohibition does not work. We learned that in the past with alcohol. Let's change our laws and stop wasting so much money incarcerating our citizens that smoke marijuana!


Amber Brown   March 13th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Jimmy Fallon is great! He's really funny and engaging! I wish him the best of luck... but it doesn't appear that he'll need it.


Renee Martin   March 13th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Here is the straight dope on dope: It grows naturally. It is less addictive and harmful than cigarettes or alcohol. The US govt could make some serious cash by growing, selling, and taxing the sale of pot. Border crime would be greatly reduced. Prisons would be less populated. The only people that object are religous extremists and old people.I no longer partake, would never again even if sold at Circle K. No one is going to smoke it that does not already or is already prone to addiction.


Neal   March 13th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Why not put someone other than an entertainer supporting the pro legalization debate? I am outraged that you would put a politician and a comedian/actor to debate a topic that already has a stereotype. LEGALIZE IT. If I do not see a change I am moving to Germany or Holland where I know there is common sense on drug policy.

P.S. Mason Tvert and Ron Paul would have been much better choices for supporting the legalization.


Jim   March 13th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Jimmy do you support legalizing marijuana ? I think its well over due. Do you ?


Martin   March 13th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I noticed your doing a discussion about making pot leagal... can you imagine what it would do for our economy.. I live in New Jersey a pack of cigs is $7.50...most of it is tax... hint???


Aaron   March 13th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Cannabis is the most benign psychoactive substance known to man.

Less addictive to caffeine, and has never killed anyone. The drug war makes sense... not.


Randy   March 13th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

March 13th, 2009 9:13 pm ET
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

I am 59 yrs. old with a long, successful career as a college professor. Like many other baby boomers I first smoked pot in the late ’60’sNow I fire up the the minute I get home from work and can not stop. One phone call, and I can get more weed anytime I want. Even with the knowledge that a professor of psychology has, I am unable to control this behavior–smoking pot once a day every day for over 30 years–NO we should not make this drug legal. If I couldn’t get it I’d have to stop.


Craig Collie   March 13th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I use marijuana daily, am on the Dean's list at school and a productive worker. I use it to treat Crohn's Disease. It's safe and effective and I'd like to be taxed and given the opportunity to use my medicine without threat of jail time. Remember folks, the biggest opponents of legalization are drug lords who make tons of money off selling and shipping drugs here.


Stuart   March 13th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Hello,
Do you think marijuana taxation could help deperately needed tax revenues.


Robert   March 13th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

If there is a group of people that have the theological position that Cannabis is a sacred plant, should they be exempt?

Cannabis is a gateway drug, but not in the same sense one would think. Its low threshold in society allows for the boundary crossover between parts of western civilization that are cancerous. That is why we should regulate it, it would cripple the cancers growth.


JS   March 13th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Pot should be legalized. No question. There is no reason for it to be criminalized. In a society which allows you to take 100 different substances that can kill you (ie: Pharma durgs), smokes, booze, etc... you should not ban people who want to use a substance far less dangerous than those simply because of prejudice and stereotype. Secondly the criminalization only puts money in the hands of criminals. Look at whats going on in Mexico right now !


kevin   March 13th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Coke and heroin should be legalized first - those two are probably much more to blame for the type of violence we're seeing in Mexico.


jc   March 13th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Stop arresting responsible adults who use marijuana.


Swifty   March 13th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

A quote on prohibition from a letter, written in 1932 by wealthy industrialist John D. Rockefeller, Jr.:

When Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of alcohol would be recognized. I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and crime has increased to a level never seen before.

Sound familiar?


Nate   March 13th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

YES!


Patrick S   March 13th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Legalizing pot is what our economy needs right now. Untold amounts of tax payer dollars are wasted on a drug war that is not working. If pot was legalized billions of dollars could be going to programs to help people that are hurting others. Someone smoking in their own home does not hurt anyone. And before anyone says it...how many traffic deaths from alcohol last year? How many from pot?


Renee Martin   March 13th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Baldwin is a typical conservative....keep govt off our backs but make sure they are sitting in our living room watching our every move. RIDICULOUS!!!


Neal   March 13th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

One documentary explains it all: American Drug War. The Last White Hope.

Einstein once defined Insanity as. doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Please change drug policy, legalize marijuana. Decriminalize it.


kurt   March 13th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Jimmy keep up the good work and love that band


Adam   March 13th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I believe Stern gave Nicole Smith's deceased son prescription meds. when he got off the plane in the Bahamas, which resulted in his death.


Renee Martin   March 13th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Gateway drug? Please it leads to eating potato chips and coffee cake


Surferjoe   March 13th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Ron Paul Is A 21st Century Hero.
The Best President The U.S Never Had.
We Love You Ron!


JS   March 13th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

My god, gateway ? Actually studies have demonstrated that it is not, alcohol is more of a gateway then pot. Listen to what Mr. Baldwin said "I don't care what anyone says (to the contrary that it is a gateway drug)". It is this stereotyping and ignorance of the facts that keeps pot criminal.


Samantha   March 13th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin in no moral judge in my life,nor should he be in yours. I dont need anybody telling me what I should do! I am a tax payer and believe as such I dont need to be babysat. It is no gateway drug,and to propogate such BS is beyond any common sense. We all know better and the war on drugs will never be won. Ever.


Neal   March 13th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

The only reason marijuana is a gateway drug is because it is in an unregulated market along with the other drugs. If the government legalized it, they take away the association of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin from marijuana. END prohibition. look at it from a social health perspective. Use the revenue to fund education and treatment.


Cheech   March 13th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am so pumped about the new debate about marijuana. I hear so much about it from all over the US but have not heard anything about the SOONER NATION, OKLAHOMA. We smoke in the "bible belt " as well! C'mon everybody I know smokes! Please help OKLAHOMA not be the last to legalize it!!!


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Alcohol and nicotine are the real gateway drugs.


Renee Martin   March 13th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Baldwin you have got to quit trying to corner the market on semi-celebrity conservative punditry. Usually artistic people are enlightened that is why you, Victoria Jackson and some country music stars are the only conservatives in Hollywood.


John Freeland   March 13th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I think it is time to put a stop to marijuana prohibition nationwide..i live in oklahoma and if you are caught with even one pot plant the sentence is 25yrs to life.I have had a simple possesion (under 3 grams) and now am on probation for 2yrs but if i got caught again i would be in jail for up to a year,second offense for possesion in okloahoma is 2-10yrs in jail..i have chronic back pains from a motorcycle wreck and high anxiety, i smoke everyday and it helps..and to what stephen said about it being a gateway drug is totally BS..i can go get drunk and smoke my cigarettes and that is worse for me than smoking pot wich helps..stop arresting young adults like me and giving us a criminal record at a young age, and stop wasting all are tax dollars that could go to something way more productive.


harry asstinkz   March 13th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

yes, higher the supply & lower the demand . it (weed) would be worthless if their was an abundance of it!


Big Doug   March 13th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Marijuana is only a gateway drug because it is classified as illegal, In order to purchase Marijuana you have to deal with a drug dealer, A dealer who sells all other drugs, you want to know a real gateway drug ALCOHOL, Alcohol was the first drug I ever used besides asprin IBprofen tylonol all of witch contribute to thousands of deaths each year were Marijuana has never ever contributed to a overdose related death in 5000 years of recorded history.


Lila Frazer   March 13th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Marijuana is not a gateway drug. The problem is that you have to go to the underworld to get it. If cannibus were legalized and taxed like cigarettes the United States would be almost out of debt by Monday morning.


Harley   March 13th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

It Should Not Be Legalized Just Because It Leads To Bad Heath, And Harder Drug's, And I'm Tried Of People Saying Well Everybody Does It


Stuart   March 13th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

To: Ron Paul
Why do you favor legalization instead of decriminalization? Decrininalization would leave it to the state's decision based on majority votes to implement, as one viewpoint. If legalized, what are the punishments for drug dealers. If decriminalized, it would still be able to be heavily regulated.


Neal   March 13th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Remember personal values? I have them too. Just because a person smokes marijuana does not mean they will do something else. It is the personal choice. The key word is choice. I choose to be Safer. Alcohol, nicotine, and prescription pills kill millions and marijuana is the one punished. Please Baldwin don't say you are using common sense when you clearly are not.


Gail   March 13th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

To people like Mr. Baldwin parroting the same tired arguements I say don't utilize this plant if you don't want to. Just stop preventing me and millions like me from using all aspects of this magnificient plant. We hurt no one; it's the laws that cause the death and destruction.


NOAH   March 13th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Alec Baldwin was always my favorite Baldwin brother, after tonight Stephen moved to the back. Ron Paul, speak on it brother!


dewk in ontario   March 13th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Weed is a ticket here and so far it has been productive Ron Paul/Chuck Norris for president


carla riccitelli   March 13th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

jimmy fallon you are great wish you the best how about a PITCH FEVER 2


kevin   March 13th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Ron Paul: you had me then you lost me - regulating personal behavior is the strongest argument for legalization. We should start with hard narcotics first. The gov't should treat addiction as a disease and distribute to the afflicted.


Misfit4Peace   March 13th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I also think marijuana should be legalized. Look up the truth on how many die from a joint...how many die because their doctor screws up..how many die from drinking...Please...SET THE WEED FREE
And someone tell Baldwin to please read the bible..1:1:29
–God also said, 'Look, to you I give all the seed-bearing plants everywhere on the surface of the earth, and all the trees with seed-bearing fruit; this will be your food–
Baldwin is also WRONG about marijuana leading to harder drugs. I use to drink..a lot..and take a lot of speed. When I started smoking pot..I STOPPED drinking...I STOPPED doing uppers..and popping downers.
I dont do it to get stoned. I do it when I can to control pain due to Fibromyalgia.
I also never got high and drove a car..I keep my butt at home.
Allow marijuana to be legalized, and we can also bring in more jobs for Americans in the Hemp industry.
To Dr.Paul
God bless you and your family for showing us how to fight back. You are my hero. And some day, when hes older, I will tell my grandson about you and what you did for us..We The People.


Justin   March 13th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Stephen is way off base. There are no links to it being a gateway drug. In many independent tests, it shows that Cannabis users did not go to other substances. Cannabis was even in the bible baldwin. No one had died from Cannabis.


Bruce   March 13th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Here in Canada marijuana has been legal for medicinal purposes and to use for up to a certain limit (30mg I believe for use, whatever the doc says for medicinal).

It has greatly reduced the number of arrests and overcrowding of our jails, and as was pointed out if you can buy alcohol or niccotine then what is the difference ?

We even have a hemp store downtown.

– Bruce, Canada


wilcoy   March 13th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I'm all for decriminlizing marijuana and treating it like we do with alcohol prevention and treatment. Must be 21 yrs of age but NO to cocaine or hard drugs.


Neal   March 13th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

people are already driving under the influence of marijuana. The law does not stop my friends from driving, it actually increases the amount my friends drive around stoned. They have no place to do it.


Danette   March 13th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

POT! It has been years (many) since I smokes some. The thing that gets me is alcohol will kill more people than pot will. I am dumbfounded that we as thinking, breathing things can't realize how stupid we sound. If your going to drink, you'll do it. If your going to smoke, you'll do it. It doesn't matter if it's legal or not and if your going to be a drug addict, then you'll do it. I think the jails are full of prople who should not be and if we legalized it they could tax it, they could cut down on crime and get Mexico off our backs. I am a 37 year old white female and mother of two children and I still say the laws are so stupid in this country some times it baffles me! GROW UP PEOPLE.


Stuart   March 13th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

To: Stephen
What would the U.S. and state government save each year if all small level marijuana charges were not put through court. How much time is tied up in courts with small marijuana charges. How much money is tied up in jailing small marijuana offenders?


Cindy   March 13th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin is ridiculous. Ron Paul is an excellent spokesperson, and makes perfect sense!


Janira   March 13th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I think you are great i AM SO EXCITED That you have your own spot at night. I wish you the best of luck. and if you did interview The Queen would you do the Lambada 😛
have a great time and show 🙂
J


Casey   March 13th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I agree Ron Paul, baldwin your nuts. It is not a gateway drug, that is the governments excuse.! Elect Ron Paul- Run Again.


Delfina H Hoxie   March 13th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Marijuana should be legal, taxed and regulated! I am a 64 year old woman and believe that marijuana is much more benign than alcohol. We spend way too much money by criminalizing it when we could be making money for good causes.

BTW, why is this a born-again Christian's issue. Come on Stephen just because you had problems with mj and other drugs doesn't mean we all do or have.


Neal   March 13th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

GO RON PAUL! get rid of prohibition! that's the real issue! treat it from a social health perspective!


Adam   March 13th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Marijuana is the best drug for detoxing opiate addicts. I know... I'm one of them.


Sean Bush   March 13th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Why not legalize Mariguana? It was put on earth just like tobacco, it is a natural herb. In Canada we have laws against trafficing but when you get caught with less then 30 grams or 1 ounce , then you are only given a fine and you do not get a criminal record. If it is seperated in baggies then that is trafficing. A more serious offence. When you legalize it you can regulate it.


Anne Marie Sullivan   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I recently watched a program on this subject and it stated that the united states use of marij. consumption has increased 300% whereas in Amsterdam, there has been no increase since the 70's


Mr Cannabis   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Legalize medical marijuana tax it it will create over a billion dollars in renuvue and create jobs and helps sick people. We have a war in Mexico and this is part of the problem. Mexican cartels are making a profit!!.


chris   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

i am a 27 year old chronic pain patient from a pinched nerve and marijuana helps me way more than any narcotic on the market.


harland   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I had a harder time quiting cigarrettes than weed! Cigs are worse, there's plenty more hamfull chemicals in 1 smoke than 1 toke! The medical industry/pharmacuetical industry woukld lose millions if weed was legal!


Maharaga   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Why is pot leading to harder drug is because when a kid try pot hey go wow and realize that it is actually good, and then think well if this is illegal then the government is wrong, then they will try harder drug, if it was legal it would prevent from trying other stuff because it would separated from the harder drug, alcohol is much more damaging then pot, people are smoking since thousand of years in India and are very spiritual.


Lila Frazer   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin...You are wrong! The government needs to legalize and tax. Make the DEA go after the real criminals that are cooking meth and blowing up their neighborhoods. Why should good human beings be prosecuted for a natural product?


Lily G.   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

As an educated woman, I learned during my pregnancy that marijuana was used medically in other countries for women with morning sickness. After being hospitalized for extreme morning sickness and being prescribed a drug that 1) risked miscarriage and 2)wasn't working for me, I turned to marijuana. I would inhale once or twice at the peak of my nausea in the morning, and surprise surprise, it worked! I was relaxed, felt no nausea and was able to eat and keep down food for the first time in 2 weeks! My baby was born strong and healthy and has never shown an adverse effects. And I haven't used since. I wouldn't call it a gateway drug.


Big Doug   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

This is to Baldwin so you just said if you smoke a ciggerette and jump in a car your not going to cause a accident, Alcohol contributes to over 17000 alcohol related driving fatalities a year

And Marijuana atributes to 60%+ of drug cartels profits, the vilolence is atributted to the money made by selling drugs not the drugs themselves. And the money made is about 10 billion a year.


Joanne Tickle   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I have a question for Stephen Baldwin. Since he seems to think religion should be brought into everything, didn't God create everything on this earth, including marijuana? so did he make a mistake by putting something on this earth that is natural that provides a peaceful and calming effect on us? When Sarsfest took place in toronto the police decided to not arrest anyone who was openly smoking pot and there were more than 1/2 million people who came together for this festival.
There were only 30 people arrested and they were arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct. Thousands of people were smoking pot and it was a peaceful and wonderful experience.


Scot   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

The Issue of marijuana legalization is a public health issue and should not be a criminal issue at all.


Ryan   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug and I'm sick of people saying that. It all comes down to your power of will and, unfortunately, the amount of peer pressure you recieve. I smoked a lot of pot in my high school days and I had some friends who also did some other drugs (cocaine, LSD) but I never once felt like I wanted to try those other things and I wasn't pressured into feeling like I should. It's all about the type of person you are. I do not smoke marijuana anymore but that's mostly because I am not allowed to in order to maintain the kind of life I want because most companies test their employees now for illegal drugs. Doesn't stop me from being able to have a drink after work though. But you can be sure that if marijuana was legalized I would be one of the first people in line ready to buy and at the end of the day when all my responsibilities were accomplished I would happily light it up.


Jerome   March 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

i got to leave this comment for the issue on legalizing marijuana, It's all natural it comes from the ground. it's not like the other deadly drugs like crack, meth, and heroin ect... not only is it used for medical reasons but its all used to help people with ADD. Just leave it alone cause it NO BIG DEAL!


Responsible Advocate   March 13th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

You would not have D.W.I.'s if you have responsible educative classes on using marijuana and its effects. Taxing marijauna would bring millions of dollars in the country. this is a $14 million plus market , this is underground. if u tax it then America's economy will flourish.


delisa   March 13th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

to comment on the Marijuana thing. i am 18 years old, i know pently of people who smoke that suff and its not because of health issues. I don't think you should legalize it. i mean are you trying to kill america REALLY?? GET UR HEAD RIGHT!! I THINK U BEEN SMOKING!!!!


Joe   March 13th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Stephen should have brought a lunch to take on Ron Paul! Ron is absolutely right. The problem is not actually smoking pot but the prohibition of it. it seems to me that the more we talk openly about it the more illogical prohibition seems. Given the shocking events in Mexico it is about time we have a new discussion about drugs that honors personal choice, privacy, and responsibility.


Bill   March 13th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I don't get why it is legal for me to drive to liquor store right now and buy a shopping cart worth of alcohol and drink until I'm blind, but I can't smoke a lousy joint......get real. People go out every weekend in this country and get drunk. Then come Monday they all return to their jobs, like responsible adults. Smoking weed does not make me anymore less responsible than these people.


eldon bloedorn   March 13th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

To say that nicotine use, cigarettes, does not impair driving, not true. I quit smoking, my driving record, fewer, scraps, accidents.

Tahnks, eldon


Pru Reardon   March 13th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I am a Libertarian and have been a long time supporter of Ron Paul (helped during his last pres. campaign/primary election in Texas), and I believe marijuana needs to be legalized (starting with decriminalization). We ARE spending way too much trying to prevent people from living their lives. And YES alcohol hurts a lot more people than some of these other drugs, especially weed. I DON'T SMOKE WEED, BUT I AM IN FAVOR OF HIS POSITION. NOT ALL RON PAUL SUPPORTERS OR LIBERTARIANS SMOKE WEED! This is a stereotype.


Kathy B   March 13th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

You know how you can tell a person is on marijuana when he's driving...HE'S GOING TO SLOW!!!!

Good for Ron Paul! He's right! Legalize it!

I've never heard of anyone who was in a high speed chase or was arrested for domestic violence who was smoking pot....


Rockwell   March 13th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

There's no research behind its benefits YET because it has not been allowed YET Baldwin! And who is impaired? People work entire successful careers still smoking weed in the privacy of their own home...learn your facts. And thank you Ron Paul for everything you have said. I have been waiting to hear a smart politician for awhile.


Becky   March 13th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Ron Paul needs to do more research. Statistics show nicotine is a gateway drug.


Paul   March 13th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Sen Ron Paul really does not know what the hell he is talking about. Marijuana does slow your reaction down and does cause accidents as does alcohol. One has got to be a moron if they believe that marijuana is ok. Where does it stop. Just becuase the cry is louder to make marijuana legal does not make it the right thing to do. When the cry for coke, herion, and/or acid becomes loud will we debate how it is a good thing to make these drugs legal? With every decade that passes, we will tolate more and more. Where does it end?


Big Doug   March 13th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

To Stephen Baldwin, when you can have a honest argument about Marijuana without accusing someone of being a pot smoker and just have a honest discussion, you loose! millions of people try, use, and sell marijuana every year and most of them for the reasons of Marijuana being relitivly harmless.


Robin Wrightington   March 13th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I am from NH and here there is a crime known as "internal possession" for those who drive while using pot. If an officer suspects you or has probable cause you could be asked to summit to a urine test or even blood test. Although this is under hard debate it does happen.


Harley   March 13th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Neal – Get A Life Doing Drugs Is Not The Same Alcohol Or Cigarettes Because There Is No Drug Dealers !!!!


Representation   March 13th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

can we just take a minute on who the facts are coming from . we have ron paul , ( a repectful politician) and steve baldwin ( who probably abused drugs himself due to his fame) . steve baldwin , just stick to movies . thanx .


jc   March 13th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Thank you Mr. Ron Paul. I so appreciate the truth being told and not the usual fear mongering. Drug dealers don't card, the liqueur store does; end of discussion. Please stop arresting RESPONSIBLE adults who choose to use marijuana. Smoking marijuana in the privacy of your own home should not be a crime. The Fed tearing apart families and charging the tax payers for it should be though. Heavy handed government didn't work with alcohol and its not working with pot.


Daniel Girt   March 13th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

@James In Kamiah, Idaho: LOL, where did you get you Doctor's Degree? Do you know anything about drugs or the gateway THEORY at all???


Kate   March 13th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Steven Baldwin says that smoking marijuana leads to other drugs. I disagree. I am 53 years old, a college educated office manager, & loving mother of 2 successful, terrific young adults–one with a college degree and one with a technical degree. I have smoked marijuana since I was 18 years old. I do not do any other drugs. I drink 2 or 3 alcoholc drinks each year. I smoke in the privacy of my own home.


L.K   March 13th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I am a pro-cannabis and pro-hemp activist. I go to SUNY Albany, and two arguments alone should be enough:

3,000 years + of cannabis use for medical and religious use, and zero deaths.

and..

alcohol is such a deadly drink, and I see so many people getting really sick. Why, even though the drinking age is 21, are the police paying more interest in marijuana smokers, who just are calm and laugh, while the drunks come stumbling in smashing things, littering and destroying things in their path.

Btw, was Baldwin high? he looked it.


Joe   March 13th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

to james in kamish

cigarettes are a gateway to be sure, and alcohol for that matter. but to say that pot leads to other drugs is a harsh over-generalization. i and many of my friends have "partook" in the occasional smoke and none of my friends have ever gone on to have issues with "harder" drugs like cocaine, heroine, or even ex.

true, paul did not state everything perfectly, but his overarching point is hard to argue against. the federal government should not be in the business of legislating behavior. the money we use on the drug war could be put to better use by disseminating information and counseling.

the ultimate question is: is it more profitable to keep pot illegal, and is that more important than any social good that can result from decriminalization or legalization


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

wow 10 minute show generates 1000's of coments. You would think they would do a whole show on it. They just want to pay "lip service" to this issue. If they where serious about this, they would have done the whole show on it.


Richard Marti   March 13th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

A political hot potato but the public and the facts support decriminalization of Marijuana is the right thing to do


Lynne   March 13th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin should have been asked if he has ever smoked marijuana. Maybe it led to harder drugs for him and maybe he has an additive personality but it does not mean it does for everyone. I know people who have smoked it for 30 years and they've never even tried any hard drug. Alcohol is much more harmful and dangerous than marijuana. Everything Ron Paul had to say is true this country needs a money maker right now and it would not only boast the economy but would also cut down on crime and over crowded prisons. It should be legal.


Craig   March 13th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

It is amazing to me that the general public has been so misinformed about marijuana over the years. I personally do not consume marijuana as it is not appealing to me, however, I have always disagreed with the prohibition of marijuana. I have no political affiliation, I however, am a capitalist and lean more to the right on approximately 70% of major political issues. Marijuana is in fact one of the safest drugs, (if that's what you want to call it), on the planet. Every drug, including alcohol and most pharmaceuticals have an excessive limit, leading to overdose and or death. Marijuana is the ONLY drug that a person cannot overdose or die from due to any amount of consumption. The DEA lines its pockets with seized drugs and drug money by the multi-millions of dollars every year. Why would they want to respect any state legislation that legalizes marijuana??? Hmm??? Marijuana has been a political issue since the prohibition began in 1937 and has never been the "choice" of the people! Get a grip Washington! Allow people who need medical marijuana to obtain it legally. Allow entrepreneurs to start a successful marijuana cultivation and distribution business's. Allow the state, local and federal governments to tax and regulate this product. Marijuana is only considered a gateway drug to our youth because it is illegal. Any youth who wants to be involved in illegal activity due to poor guidance and poor parenting is going to get into a scene where illegal things become trendy and enticing. President Obama, should immediately pardon the 800,000 people last year who were convicted of non-violent marijuana crimes! Get A CLUE!!!!!


Terry   March 13th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Thank you Ron Paul for speaking (mostly) the common sense truths that simple logic dictates.


Big Doug   March 13th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

The smoking of Marijuana has never been atributed to death, I dont think people should drive when using Marijuana,

To Anyone who believes that keeping Marijuana Illegal is the right thing to do, needs to look at just how much we spend to keep it illegal, Ill break it down a bit, 1 arrest = 10,000 dollers spent to keep them in jail, last year 872,000 people were arrested for smoking pot, so we spent 8,720,000,000 putting people in jail witch 90% of those are for simple posession, now that estimate is very conservitive, Gosh you know I think that money could have been better used.


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

If we take marijuana out of the drug war equation we will save billions. If we allow hemp we will add billions. It's a no brainer. The question is how many of us will convey this view to the lawmakers who represent us. We need to be a louder voice than those who oppose the legalization of marijuana. The drug war causes WAY more harm than drugs ever did, especially pot.


Halfbaked   March 13th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

What's up with Steven Boldwin? At least he got something do now...


Big Doug   March 13th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

@Kate above thats what I am talking about, There are people who use marijuana responsibly and they should have the right to do so, without being looked at as a criminal, I admire Kate for her safer choice.


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

I don't think we wil see any difference. They are not going to listen to the people. They would have to say why they lied about it. No way thats going to happen. I opened a marijuana club in IL. They didn't act any different , than did Bush. Still acting like it's the worst thing on the planet. No change there, no change here.


Harley   March 13th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

The People Who Do Drug's And Have Children Don't Set Example For There Kid's And The Rule Of Law (Drug Are Bad ) It Leads To Harder Drug's !!!!! They Should Not Have Kid's GET A PET !!!!


John Davis   March 13th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Why is Stephen Baldwin considered an "expert" on anything? With his constant red slit eyes he could be the poster boy for "High Times". He is an overweight example of the right wing hypocrisy. He says what he says in hope of being a "Rush" wanna be. I don't smoke pot, but did for many years and Stephen's arguments do not wash. Alcohol is the most destructive "legal" substance we have. Driving should be judged by ability and bars should not have parking lots. The right wing wants smaller government that does not interfere with their ability to feed greed, but want laws that go against anything their misguided, ignorant little brains come up with. Paraphrasing Baldwin, "I don't care what anybody says, marijuana leads to harder drugs!" That makes it quite easy to see how he gathers his facts, doesn't it?


Eric Drewry   March 13th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Ron Paul has it right as far as the states being in control. Weed legal, yes. The taxes that could be raised could do so much good to our economy, and take the money out of the hands of orginized crime. This would be the biggest blow we could provide to the mexican drug cartel. We could take the money right out of their hands an use it to build the fences to keep them from bringing in the other more dangerous drugs. Of course there would be so much left over we might be able to make a dent in our debt.

Of course we would need to control import, and bar importation from Mexico, we wouldn't want to let the money reach any of the current murdurous cartel.

Of course we probably could grow enough of our own, if not we could always get what we need from our other neighboor in the south Jamaica, their it's part of the religion of some and only illegal because of the US's heavy hand.

The biggest proponent of keeping weed illegal is the dealers and distributors.


Larry   March 13th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

I cant drink my system does not take it, I don't smoke and don't take any drug at all, but I think that legalizing pot would be the best thing for AMERICA.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

@Joe, his arguement assumes the difficulties are with the prohibition of it rather than the slackjawwed enforcement of it.

The costs woudl be well worth the risks if the peopel costing us actually enforced the laws instead of whining abotu having to enforce them.


reggaeInKy   March 13th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Anna Nicole is responsible for Anna Nicole's use.


CG   March 13th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Stop the War On Drugs, Win the War on Bathtub Poison, Overnight!
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Prohibition doesn't work, except to maintain a secure police state. If President Obama could be convinced to simply end the war on drugs, he could be handed a victory in the war on bathtub poison, overnight. But he'd have to do it right.
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Fortunately, the path to success is very simple. Produce, ie.: coca leaves, marijuana, and other natural psychotropics should be available in any supermarket "adult" produce section without prescription. Need free and natural pain relief? Grow your own poppies and/or pot No problem.
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Take away the stigma of criminality, and the social stigma of addiction will finally be allowed to work it's own magic, since the addicted will be more likely to admit addiction and accept help. Children will also be at reduced risk if you take away the allure of the forbidden and demote drug use to the level of being merely socially unacceptable.
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But cook speed, crack, or morphine without a license, and go to prison for life; for that is true justice for the corruption of what nature gives at risk of life of others, all for the sake of a buck. The Food and Drug Act of 1903 is all we really need to effectively get this mess turned around and finally return to honest principals of "freedom and justice for all"


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

@Daniel girt LOL ya, I do, and I also speak form experience having smoked the CRAP in high school and witnessed my friends smoking the CRAP in high school, and they all started out on cigarettesd and their friends told them of POT and then tried introducing them to others. And CNN My statistics are sound. A Full 30% of them continue to smoke pot and a full 62% of them tried the crap.

LOL

Cigarettes are a gateway drug and they lead to the alcohol and other drugs and vice versa. Period.


Terry Wells   March 13th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Put a bunch of alcoholics in a room with an unlimited amount of alcohol and the put the same amount of potheads in a seperate room with an unlimited amount of Marijuana and see which room resorts to violence.

A drunk will run a red light...a stoner will stop at at a green one.

Legalize Marijuana!!!!!


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

and what is more is that the vast majority of them pretend that it's "all about the natural herb man."

Meanwhile, one of my friends was tokin a bowl one morning and his 3 year old daughter came out and reached for the pipe. When I invited him to go inside and out of sight of hsi daughter, he obliviously said... "I'm not going to hide from my daughter." Completley missing the danger and risks he's exposing her to.

Get it?


Janet   March 13th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Keeping marijuana illegal is only a political ploy to appease the Puritans and far right extremists. And Mr. Baldwin was a wonderful poster-boy demonstrating the empty arguments they use. He stated that 'everyone knows that marijuana use usually leads to other drug use.' As a 30 year user who doesn't drink and has NEVER used any other substance, I take exception to his overstatement of facts that there are no valid studies to verify. If people could feel free to reveal their usage, this govt would be surprised at how rampant the usage is – and yes, how lucrative it would be to the govt. Mr. Baldwin also stated that legalization would also lead to more car accidents. I do agree that individuals should never operate a motor vehicle under any impaired condition, therefore a test or measurement of sorts would need to be developed to asses someone's level of impairment if pulled over. BUT this puritanical and paternal need to tell me what I can and cannot do with my lungs and my life is overzealous at best and communism at worst. Make it legal, regulate it (as with alcohol), and reap the financial benefits. I hate to be selfish about this but I'm tired of all the clandestine efforts to obtain something so benign. In fact, it's far more benign than alcohol, yet that's legal. Such a hypocritical country we live in.
And now – I'm watching 20/20 about the hypocritical arrest of a man raising medical marijuana in a state where it's legal. How many Lobbyists do the law enforcement agencies have tohelp keep the restriction going. And more hypocrasy? It's better for the medical community to prescribe TONS of synethetic meds to individuals on chemotherapy (that don't work) but it's not appropriate for them to have a natural product that is more helpful. HMMM Perhaps looking at other places in the world, too that seem to manage the legalization – without chaos hitting their streets. Grow up folks.
J


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

No, Put a bunch of alcoholics in a room with an unlimited amount of alcohol and the put the same amount of potheads in a seperate room with an unlimited amount of Marijuana and see which room resorts to violence.

A drunk will run a red light…a stoner will stop at at a green one.

Don't Legalize Marijuana!!!!!


Big Doug   March 13th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Thats another thing Addiction is a indavidual problem, when you choose to use any drug to .....Mask your depression, you are inviting yourself down the long road of addiction, Marijuana is not "phisicly" addictive, However to some it is mentaly addictive and by far compared to alcohol or nicotine is a fairly easy addiction to overcome, I dont wont My children to be able to buy Marijuana off the street, but...If my children ever tried any drugs I would rather them try Marijuana, than alcohol or nicotine and in most cases children getting there hands on illegal drugs is far easier than alcohol or nicotine, Witch is why we need to regulate and tax it.


Joe   March 13th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

@Harley Do you drink or smoke in front of your children? Do you overeat in front of your children? Do you ever swear in front of your kids? I think Kate's point is that it is possible to be a pot smoker and still raise a successful family. I know medical doctors, lawyers, professors, teachers, gas station attendants, contractors, landscapers, bank tellers, high school and college students, and many others that occassionally or regularly smoke and manage to do well in their careers and/or grades. we need to stop fearmongering and appeal to simple logic and reason.

oh, and we should cut the slippery slope arguments like if we legalize pot then what about heroine. the social, criminal, and economic issues attached to the harder drugs is a much different story (even though it is harder to "kick" heroine than cigarettes). like craig pointed out above, you can smoke pot until you fall asleep and will never be close to an overdose unlike alcohol, heroine, x, cocaine, or even food (a little nod to "Se7en").


CG   March 13th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

James, please don't infringe on my freedom because you feel a desire to control another's stupidity.


Darryl Schmitz   March 13th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

It wasn't Dr. Paul's smoothest debate, but he's right; The insane and expensive War on Drugs is our generation's version of Prohibition. We'll go broke fighting this war like the Soviets went broke trying to conquer Afghanistan. How ironic that many of those who would continue the largely unenforceable marijuana prohibition would use the idiotic term "quixotic" to describe Paul's presidential camaign.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

@Janet...

Lol nice try. I'm an Atheist and keeping pot illegal is just good sense if you want your child to go around with any genuine sense of responsibility.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

CG Learn the difference between infringement and proper regulation.


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

james, Don't you think it's odd that youor the only one here defending these stupid laws?


Denise   March 13th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

i have read a lot of these postings and am glad to hear the majority of us have a brain. we waste waaaay to much of our precious tax dollars on this never ending war on drugs. i am a 23 yr old working productive member of this great nation and smoke cannabis everyday. i work 55 hours a week, never miss a day, and take care of things at home! please stop wasting my tax dollars on this senseless issue! i have so much more to say about this but ill save that for next time because i think this is just the beginning.


bryan   March 13th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

legalize marijuana now could be the key to our nations economic recovery


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

@Scott I don't find it odd at all. Why do you ask?


Dodie from CA   March 13th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Legalization of marijuana could help in our nation’s economic recovery. Even, Arnold, our governor of California is thinking of legalizing and then taxing it.

Prohibition never worked. It just gave money to organized crime. I have been working for the government in the field of drug abuse for many years, and I think some drugs should be legalized, and heavily taxed. It would put many drug cartels out of business, Most violence is surrounded by alcohol and methamphetamine.

To date, I have never seen anyone on Marijuana running around shooting people. I would much prefer to see Alcohol illegal.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

@Denise... ya, and it's nice to see you're more than happy to continue to advocate that others should enable your addiction. No suprise there.


Big Doug   March 13th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

I said this before, I smoked Marijuana for 15 years, I also got my drivers license while I was high, I have never had a ticket, never caused a accident and never been in trouble with the law, however I do not use marijuana anymore, I dont think people should drive and use Marijuana, If I ever smoke again I will not drive on Marijuana, But I still would rather have a bunch of stoners on the road than a drunk, A stoner atleast knows were they are and what there doing, A drunk has no clue of were they are or that they are even driving, untill you really know what you are talking about when it comes to the relation between marijuana and alcohol you should not compare the two, because all this talk might just throw alcohol back into to prohabition, how would you guys like that huh? anyways need to eat, IM sure you all will still be talking by the time I get back.


Terry Wells   March 13th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

The majority of people on this board are for legalizing weed which leads me to believe that the majority of American believe that as well...I thought we lived in a democracy where the majority ruled...guess I was wrong.


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Just thought you would wonder why your the ony one defending these laws. Most people think they should be changed. What happened to magority rule. If the magority of people don't agree with the laws; why aren't they changeing the laws?


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

The Majority think gay marriage and gays in the military is wrong and should be illegal and they also at one time believed slavery was a good thing... nice arguement there terry


Jeff   March 13th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Pot is no more dangerous than fast food. Stop putting our children, brothers, sisters, parents and friends in jail for no reason. Legalize pot, tax it and put the black market out of biz. When legal, pot purchases won't be made from people pushing other more dangerous drugs. As to other drugs change punishment to treatment. Simple solution. The opposition is either misled, afraid enforcement jobs will be lost or afraid the sale of pot will compete with them i.e. alcohol.


Beverly Adair   March 13th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

I feel compelled to tell you it was wrong for you to try to make a fool out of Ron Paul, actually Joy and Eric Baldwin looked like the real fools–being disrespectful. His view that we should be allowed to grow Hemp in this country is correct. Also, I would agree that control of growing hemp and controlling the use of marajuana should be the responsibility of the states makes a lot of sense. Sometimes the Federal Govt. can be more effective if they leave issues such as these to the states to oversee.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

@Jeff, there is a reason. Pot is dangerous and those people belong in jail, but they also deserve the opportunitty to stay out of jail by getting help dealing with their addiction and juvenile behavior.


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

ok james, Why dose the government not want people to know that there is a CURE for cancer? Maijuana cures cancer. This is proven FACT. Why would you not want us to cure cancer? Also, there is no argument here. You are the only one defending the government's posistion. Most of us know the truth. The government can't let us have a cure for cancer, when there is so , so , so much money in treatment.


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

What is dangerous is the drug war.


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Let's at least ALLOW all scientists the freedow to do research on cannibis.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

@Scott. That is NOT a fact. That is a MYTH. Just like it supposedly CURES Asthma. That's BS and you KNOW that. The reason Marijuana is prescribed to SOME cancer patients is to help them deal with the pain, and Marijuana has shown greater benefits over other more addictive drugs like MORPHINE. So the question really is, why would you LIE about the FACT that Marijuana does NOT cure cancer? Could it be you're a silly pothead?

No, most of oyu are sick of having your money wasted on a war on drugs when the laws in that war are not properly enforced. See, that's jsut another example of how pot has addled your brain. And it has also seemed to have agitated your fear centers to an irrational and paranoid level.


Rebecca   March 13th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Gay men AND straight women think Jimmy is HOT!!!
People work on your spelling.


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

james, if you dn't believe marijuana CURES cancer, watch "run from the cure, the rick simpson story". Why would they not want to CURE cancer?


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

There are studies in other countries showing cannibis has an affect on cancer cells.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

@Illegal smile... agreed


Terry Wells   March 13th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

@James...people used to think the world was flat too and they were wrong about that just like the misconceptions that some people have about marijuana in which they are wrong about. I have no problems with gays in the military or gay marriages either...I do however believe in freedom and feel that people should have the right to choose wether they want to smoke pot or not...if you are against marijuana then there's a simple solution...DON'T smoke it....live and let live!!!


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

It Does NOT cure cancer. No matter how much anecdotal info you want to cite. Period.


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

they have medical evedence. They have x-rays , catscans and anythign you want for proof. How can you say it's a myth? What EVIDENCE do you have that they are lieing. There doctors are lieing. Why would they lie about being cured?.. why would you not look at the truth?..


Laura   March 13th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

James In Kamiah, Idaho March 13th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

No, Put a bunch of alcoholics in a room with an unlimited amount of alcohol and the put the same amount of potheads in a seperate room with an unlimited amount of Marijuana and see which room resorts to violence.

A drunk will run a red light…a stoner will stop at at a green one.

Don’t Legalize Marijuana!!!!!

Okay James, which scenario would you rather be in: stuck behind the stoner who is stopped at a green light, so you have to drive around? Or would you rather be driving through a green light while you get hit by a drunk driver running a red light?

How can you use that argument to keeping marijuana illegal??


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

James, how could we prove it can cure cancer, if the government still says it's illegal? How can there be medical studies , if we can't get the medicine to study. Thats the cruch of their arguments. There is no medical use, where your evidence. oh you want to study the medical effects, nope no medical uses. Thats the way the government argues. Saying there is no medical evidence, while denying people the right to even study it.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 13th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

@Scott you must first provide evidence they are tellign the truth


Da Vinci   March 13th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

Ha, Stephen Baldwin looks high. His eyes looked sowed shut. ? He was speechless to arguements of Ron Paul.

Legalize marijana/hemp. Reduce crime and violence. Generate tax, industry(Food, Fuel, Fiber, Fun ) and well being.


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

james, thats exactly right, How are we going to get medical evidence , if the government won't even look at it?.. See our piont? If there are medical uses, why not at least study that?


Laura   March 13th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

I agree with you Terry 100%. and No, James, because Terry believes in freedom and that people should have the FREEDOM to smoke pot or not, that does not mean that YOU do not believe in freedom. You too are exercising your freedom by having an opinion on marijuana laws. And that is great! But in having an opinion, you have to be open-minded to other opinions. It's been proved that the benefits of marijuana are not just some stoner's opinion, but real, true facts.


Terry Wells   March 13th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

@James...there is no proof whatsoever that marijuana is any moredangerous than cigarettes . I have been toking down for 30+ years and I am a very productive member of society and don't consider myself a danger at all. Do you think the government should ban any activity that is deemed dangerous...if so then they would have to ban Nascar, Skydiving, guns, alcohol, football, rodeos, crossing the street, going outdoors when its lightning, etc....all of the things I just mentioned are just as dangerous, if not more dangerous than marijuana. At some point the government and narrow-minded people need to back off and let people live their lives.

Its a dangerous world out there...man up and deal with it.


Terry Wells   March 13th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

@James...your analogy about sex with children makes no sense at all and has nothing to do with this conversation.


Daniel Girt   March 13th, 2009 11:15 pm ET

@ james: before you call people names like a baby, try picking up a history book. First off would you talk to one our founding father like that. Thy have been recorded to grow hemp, both for Industrial use and for smoking.
And secondly even the government admits that cannabis has medicinal qualities, they actually hold a patent on it, say things like it has reguvinating proporties. There is also historical evidence of perscription medicine bottle with the main ingredient as cannabis. These were for things such as cold medicine for children


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

On Monday, February 12th, Neurology published a long overdue study by Dr. Donald Abrams, which indicates that smoked marijuana effectively reduces chronic pain for people living with HIV/AIDS. The study builds on other international evidence and a 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "Marijuana and Medicine, Assessing the Science Base."


Da Vinci   March 13th, 2009 11:17 pm ET

James, compairing sex with children to legalizing marijuana, shows you have no good arguements left. Pathetic ! Rape has nothing to do with science and medicine ! Harming yourself is obviously different than harming others. If you dont understand this, than your HIGH !


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 11:18 pm ET

Health and Human Services claims that “marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” However, more than 6,500 reports and journal articles from around the world support the medical value of cannabis (marijuana). In addition, dozens of public health organizations have endorsed medical use of marijuana including the National Association of People Living With AIDS, AIDS Action Council, the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Nurses Association, the Federation of American Scientists, Kaiser Permanente, the New England Journal of Medicine, the National Association for Public Health Policy, the California Medical Association, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, and many more. Here is an overview of the latest research. Americans for Safe Access


Laura   March 13th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

Again, I agree with you Terry. I myself smoke weed and I do it in my own home. I also don't consider myself a danger, unlike many people my age. Being 21, many of my peers are binge drinking tonight, driving while WAY over their limits, ending up in the hospital for doing stupid, irrational DRUNK things. Yet, since they are 21 this is legal. While I would be the criminal for smoking pot. But I'm the one on cnn.com commenting on legalizing weed at 11:30 on a Friday night, not harming another person's life.


Laura   March 13th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

I need to correct a point I made. I was not saying that drunk driving is legal for someone over 21, but I was trying to say that the 21 year olds drinking and doing stupid things are the ones who are obeying the law, not the people who are smoking by themselves.


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

Cannabinoids Reduce the Progression of Alzheimer's Disease in Animals
Sources: Ramirez BG, et al. “Prevention of Alzheimer's disease pathology bycannabinoids: neuroprotection mediated by blockade of microglial activation.” Journal of Neuroscience 2005;25(8):1904-13;


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

Researchers at the Hebrew University in Israel have demonstrated that derivatives of the cannabis plant can be effective in arresting cancerous growths in laboratory and animal tests. Natalya Kogan, a Ph.D student working under the direction of Professors Raphael Mechoulam and Michael Schlesinger, has developed new compounds- known as
quinonoid cannabinoids – that parallel a group of anti-cancer drugs, the best known which is daunomycin. However, whereas daunomycin is toxic to the heart the quinonoid compounds are significantly less toxic. The development of quinonoid compounds that display anticancer activity, but are less toxic is a major therapeutic goal.


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

HA, take that! Now, go do some reading, James and come back with some education. Peace out.


Terry Wells   March 13th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

@ Laura Thanks for agreeing with me. In my opinion you are much more responsible citizen than any person consuming alcohol anywhere. I am 46 and still have all of my brain cells and my fertility...guess that's 2 more misconceptions proven wrong 🙂


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

Okay, one more:

Cannabinoids May Promote the Development of New Brain Cells
Sources: Jiang W, Zhang Y, Xiao L, Van Cleemput J, Ji SP, Bai G, Zhang X.
“Cannabinoids promote embryonic and adult hippocampus neurogenesis and
produce anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like effects.” Journal of Clinical
Investigation. October, 2005
According to animal research at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, cannabinoids
that bind to the CB1 receptor promote the development of new nerve cells in the
hippocampus, a brain region that is very important for memory and behavior. This
cannabinoid effect may decrease anxiety and depression.


NoharmNofoul   March 13th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

James, please explain what makes marijuana as dangerous as you claim it to be.
The Gateway Theory is not sound. From personal experience, my parents' honesty and openness about their own drug use and the world has given me insight on the drugs that are illegal for a reason. Marijuana, however, is not one of them. There are several reasons it would even be considered "Gateway" to anything: Kids try it, and realize that their parents, and our government are propagating a lie in that marijuana is this relationship ruining, life altering (negatively), deadly drug. That leads to the fact that the people who sell marijuana – if they are a smart business person – realize they can cash in on this feeling of being lied to by offering harder, often more expensive, drug. To legalize, or even decriminalize, would encourage regulation similar to alcohol. Age limits, DUI penalties (with legalization, more research would immediately follow to be able to detect recent use), and INFORMATION.


Laura   March 13th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

No problem Terry. I hate the misconceptions of marijuana because of ignorant people like JAMES that can't see the facts. I also hate that there are the few people, as with everything, that ruin it for all of us responsible users.


Terry Wells   March 13th, 2009 11:31 pm ET

I think James has left the building lol...probably out buying some crack.


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

Government only paid him for 1 hour of disinformation,,lol


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

Or, dare we hope, he's reading some of the articles I've cited.


Illegalsmile   March 13th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

HA! good one, Scott.


Laura   March 13th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

Haha..or he's googling why pot is dangerous. He never really had any arguments to begin with. Other than because some people don't think sex with children is wrong, that marijuana is wrong. I can't really connect those two things any other way...


Terry Wells   March 13th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

@Scott...lol, you're probably right.


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

We can only hope..


Scott Carriere   March 13th, 2009 11:36 pm ET

none could be that ignorant of the facts. No medical evidence?,,,, yah right. Had to be a government plant. Everyone knows that there are some uses.


Laura   March 13th, 2009 11:38 pm ET

Good points NoharmNofoul. I want to add on that by saying I think another reason why people believe that pot is a gateway drug is because there are the kids who try marijuana at a younger age, that are doing it to fit in or to get "messed up". Its those kids that want a bigger high than marijuana and end up doing harder drugs. Its the kids that do it only at parties that have the drinking problems.

Just because some people abuse pot, many many people all around the world use it for the relaxing effects, or medical effects.


Da Vinci   March 13th, 2009 11:38 pm ET

James, sounds like your going to let your government raise your child, rather than do it yourself. How fatherly !

Dont ever tell him/her the truth about marijuana cause he/her might choose to use it as presidents, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, senators, business leaders, or olympic athletes have also made the safer choice, compaired to alcohol or tobacco !


Denise   March 13th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

i think this topic will really increase in the next few years (hopefully FASTER than i think). my boyfriend and i are both 23 and at home on cnn.com which is what we usually do. so i hate being called a criminal for being at home minding my own business.


Big Doug   March 13th, 2009 11:45 pm ET

@james to one of his comments earlier, although there has not been a whole lot of studys to prove wether or not Marijuana cures cancer, there recently been many studies showing the use of marijuana has slowed cancer cell growth, Get your facts, knowledge is power.


ZigiMedotcom   March 13th, 2009 11:46 pm ET

I thought Steve Baldwin looked high. Check out his puffy eyes. And he made no plausible sense whatsoever. Why was he selected to debate Dr. Ron Paul? Why didn't they get some kind of drug/rehab expert?
I thought Steve Baldwin was a total waste of time. I would have preferred a panel of professionals including Ron Paul presenting various perspectives. Since when do mindless movie stars become the experts?


Mr Cannabis   March 13th, 2009 11:53 pm ET

x2 when do mindless movie stars become the experts? come on larry king?


Edward   March 13th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

I'm completely pro-legalization of cannabis for numerous reasons most of which are noted in the rest of these comments. What aggravates me about the "reasons" that many have for NOT legalizing it are primarily "reefer madness" attitudes. Listen..for every report you can give me that says its bad for heath or society I can give you 5 detailed, historical or modern day studies that says it's safe, healthy, and WILL not corrupt our society. There have been studies done that shows there WILL NOT be a huge outbreak of stoners wandering the streets harassing everyone so let it go people. I do however agree that one should not get behind the wheel...of course i feel that way about alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs as well. And hey look at it this way...if it's legalized then perhaps all those heavy drinkers will switch to smoking cannabis and quit beating on their wives and kids.


Big Doug   March 14th, 2009 12:00 am ET

@Mr Cannabis, you know they through him in there for star value, he is not educated on this matter, they should have had a drug expert debate Ron Paul, Ron Paul still would have whooped him, just by having his commen sense tatics of addressing marijuana, I herby am boycotting STEPHEN BALDWIN!


Edward   March 14th, 2009 12:00 am ET

by the way great info illegalsmile..:)


Scott Carriere   March 14th, 2009 12:03 am ET

for those who don't believe marijuana cures cancer: watch "run from the cure, the rick simpson story". Marijuana CURES cancer..


ZigiMedotcom   March 14th, 2009 12:09 am ET

Aside from the decriminalization of MJ, I am more interested in the renewable resource of hemp. (which has little to do with MJ) it is my understanding from research on the issue of biofuels, that hemp is more efficient than corn or sugar cane in the production of ethanol.
regarding what can be produced from hemp: such as paper, rope, fabric to fuel... the list is endless. FACT IS: Hemp is renewable and less impact on the environment if compared to cotton or plastic.
move over DOW CHEMICAL. Hemp is on the way!


Big Doug   March 14th, 2009 12:14 am ET

@James you are another person suffering from "Reefer Madness"
Anybody here can point you to facts that you are not willing to believe, I am suprised that someone has not voted you to be the next Drug Czar,
Maybe because we all know the bull that you are spewing all to well, Maybe because nobody wants another closed minded drug war fanatic in charge, The reason Oboma picked who he did was because he knows the guy is sensible when it comes to enforcing drug laws, A guy that came from washington state that host one of the Greater hemp gatherings in the united states, A gathering with in all its years has never experienced a violent episode except for the time that a DRUNK with a gun came to the event, anyway IM done, My back hurts and I cant sit no more,.......Legalize it....enough said.


Terry Wells   March 14th, 2009 12:15 am ET

the room will probably get flooded again here in a few minutes...its re-airing on CNN


Elizabeth   March 14th, 2009 12:16 am ET

All the stupid gossips, I don't like at all these ladys from what ever show replacing Larry - she is so insignificant I don't know her name eather but I know she has that stupid show with 5 other woman and Barbara...As a women I hate their gossips...

Anyway, the lady last night was excellent - last night I mean Thursday night sitting in for Larry.


Scott Carriere   March 14th, 2009 12:19 am ET

I love how they do a half hour of comedy, while only giving ten minutes to a issue that is this important.


Edward   March 14th, 2009 12:19 am ET

good point Zigi. I wonder how many people know that there were times in American History when it was illegal NOT to grow hemp. American citizens had to grow it. Look it up peeps.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 12:20 am ET

@Edward, Thanks for you comments on the material. It was mostly courtesy of Americans for Safe Access an advocacy group for Medical Marijuana. Still, I fully support that cannabis should be legal for recreational use too, as do the majority of folks here. I'm honored to be among ya'll.


808Aloha   March 14th, 2009 12:25 am ET

Jimmy is doing great – I never really "got" Conan, and was really ready for a change!


ed   March 14th, 2009 12:25 am ET

He is doing a good job and i think larry king should be a guest on his show to make up missing this interview


Bobby   March 14th, 2009 12:26 am ET

Jimmy...your doing a great job...hang in there...don't let them get to you...just keep on having fun...


ed   March 14th, 2009 12:26 am ET

He is doing a good job and i think i would like to see larry king be a guest on his show to make up missing this interview


hunter young   March 14th, 2009 12:26 am ET

JIMMY! I have been watching your show every night, and I think your doing well. I love the interaction with the audience and I think its awesome you have the ROOTS!!!!!!! haha.

I love your stand-up CD. I like the loofa joke 🙂 haha

keep up the good work! Hunter- Santa Cruz, Ca.


sd   March 14th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Jimmy!!!! before i give u a grade just tell me where Ivory Coast is located.


Terry Wells   March 14th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Someone should inform Willie Nelson and Tommy Chong on the dangers of smoking weed lol...they probably thinks its safe 🙂


Bob Noble   March 14th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Jimmy is doing a great job, keep it up/keep it fresh. Wishing you success.


deb arszyla   March 14th, 2009 12:27 am ET

I think Jimmy Fallon is a breath of fresh air for late night T.V. viewers. He's adorably cute; and the show has a hint of SNL. Truly creative format. Congrats, Jimmy!

Deb Arszlla


Rachel Schwartz   March 14th, 2009 12:28 am ET

the improvisational songs as well as the internet (facebook) satires are something you should stick with....VERY entertaining !!


nick   March 14th, 2009 12:29 am ET

go jimmy go


deb arszyla   March 14th, 2009 12:30 am ET

I always thought Howard K Stern was guilty. I couldn't comprehend that he wasn't arrested for both Daniel, and Anna Nicole's death, a long time ago!!!!


Shelly and Kassy Valdez   March 14th, 2009 12:30 am ET

We LOVE jimmy Fallon. We have him set to record every night on DVR!! And he is the only show we watch that we actually do NOT fast foward staright to the interviews we see it from beginning to end! Even if we have never heard of the guests on the show we still watch it..he is hilarious, professional, polite, courteous,charming, creative and SEXY as hell to watch!!

we LOVE you Jimmy!!!!!


Sheryl O'Hara   March 14th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Jimmy is not doing a good job.....he is doing a great job. I have watched every show so far and am a serious fan. He is funny, likeable,adorable and very talented. Love the band. He is my new favorite tv buddy. I am a 65 year old married female living in a retirement community...but I like to keep up with the young entertainers so I know how to talk to my grandchildren.


London Breed   March 14th, 2009 12:31 am ET

I love Jimmy Fallon! His show is so funny. Just what we need. Move over Leno, Letterman and O'Brien and make way for Jimmy Fallon. I can't stay up late every night to watch your show, so I need you in an earlier time slot. Love you Jimmy.


Jennifer Naylor   March 14th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Jimmy Fallon is visibly gaining momentum and hysterical confidence with each show (which he numbers everynight -will he still be letting us know when it's the 342nd show?) I love how he giggles through the entire program, especially with his good buddies which he shares many inside jokes with – The Roots are so sick! I couldn't be happier for him and hope he stands up to what must be tremendous pressure – but he seems to just be having a great time with it!

Also, his most endearing quality is that he is so gracious and grateful to have each guest, completely fresh and unjaded – nice


Billy   March 14th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Jimmy's doing a great job. He still seems like he's getting his own thing going, and you can tell he's worried that people won't go for it. But, dude, Jimmy... You're a funny guy. People are gonna buy in. Keep on keeping on.


Luther   March 14th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Jimmy –

You have looked really nervous behind the desk the last few shows. Relax.


tk   March 14th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Larry Fallon..Great..Funny..Very Handsome..Can't Wait for the Queen!


corey cecchini   March 14th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Not a question but a comment. After watching jimmy this week Letterman is unwatchable. Love the show keep up the good work.


tk   March 14th, 2009 12:37 am ET

Jimmy King..Great..Funny..Very Handsome..Can’t Wait for the Queen!


Edward   March 14th, 2009 12:39 am ET

@illegalsmile, Your welcome. Yea I'm all for its legalization for both medical and recreational use. If responsible adults want to smoke alone or in groups where they can laugh and have a good time and just generally feel good, especially in these tough...heck even scary..times we live in then they should have that right. I was thinking about those anti-marijuana ads they show on TV where the person(s) smoking are zombie-like losers who don't finish school, don't work or pay their bills. Now maybe its just the area I live in, but I know ALOT of people who use cannabis and not one...NOT ONE of them are anything remotely like the ads portray them to be. They all have jobs, pay their bills, (at least their electric bill cause they all still have lights..:P) and either finished school...got their GED's or for the older ones left school back in the 50's and 60's to help their families. I dunno maybe I just live in a decent place.


hunter young   March 14th, 2009 12:43 am ET

If you could have any band from the past to do your show, who would you choose?


Martha von der Gathe   March 14th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Hi Jimmy!

You just mentioned that Mrs. Fulling was your Kindergarten teacher.
My daughter, Natasha Naujoks, had her too. Natasha went to Saugerties High School with you.

I think you are gret!

Your fellow Saugertisian

Martha


Jenn   March 14th, 2009 12:46 am ET

Jimmy iam so excited that you have your own show now. i remeber back in high school when my friends and i would listen to your "bathroom wall " cd! i still cant hear any of those 80's songs without cracking up! congrats!


Chad   March 14th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Legalization marijuana is the smartest thing we can do now.

So much could benefit from it.


Mark Wilke   March 14th, 2009 12:47 am ET

legalize don't criticize!!


andrea   March 14th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I think marijuana is not as dangerous to your health as alcohol or cigarettes and is the all natural prozac and has less side effects.


Mike   March 14th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Marijuana has never killed anyone. There is an innocent man on death row.

In a free society I should be allowed to do whatever I want to my body if it does not hurt anyone else. I drank a coke with dinner and now have a buzz. But because some people are not tolerant of weed I can't buy it legally?

This is ridiculous! I am an American consumer. I buy stuff I want. I want a big screen tv I go to Best Buy, spend hundreds of dollars, all taxed. I buy a pack a cigarettes, pay over 20% of the cost to taxes. I smoke and trash my lungs, people care that I am hurting my lungs. They should not care, this is my life! In a free society, you cannot tell me what to do! If you do not like it too freaking bad. Imagine if guns were illegal!


DrewK   March 14th, 2009 12:49 am ET

It is true pot is a drug. I am not sure I would agree with complete legalization but I do feel the current punishment is not equal to the crime.

It has become obvious that our war on pot is a war we should reform at the least.

It is to costly a war to continue fighting.


Scott Carriere   March 14th, 2009 12:50 am ET

They won't legalize it. They don't want people to know we can CURE cancer.


Robin   March 14th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Every morning I'm watching your show on the computer, because I cannot stay up that late, to see it at 12:30. It is so funny to have a whole show of you, instead of a few moments. I love the show, and think it is the best thing on TV. It is the best way to start my day. Love You Jimmy, ROBIN


Scott Carriere   March 14th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Watch " Run From The Cure, the rick simpson story". Marijuana CURES CANCER!!


deb arszyla   March 14th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Cigarettes kill millions and are legal. Alcohol kills millions and is legal. Marijuana is not physically addictive; and has medicinal properties for many illnesses. California wouldn't be broke; if they legalized and taxed marijuana. Have the same restrictions imposed as upon alcohol and tobacco industries. Over 21. DUI applies, etc.
Get real. It's like prohibition!!


Tommy B   March 14th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Im a conservative white male who does not use marijuana. One can deny this statement until the day is over but the proof is in statistics: A person under the influence of marijuana is safer behind the wheel than that of one under the influence of alcohol. I just graduated from college and it'd be a rarity to see people abusing marijuana as opposed to the daily occurance of alcohol abuse.


Lavimodiere1977   March 14th, 2009 12:57 am ET

You Should Legalize It & Tax Those Who Want To Grow It...
The Average Smoking Household Spends $300 A Month....

So Tax The People Who Want & To Grow It ($300 A Year)

It Would Put $300 Per Month Per Household Back Into The Economy.

That Would Slash Medical Costs By Half & The Tax Could Eliminate Our National Debt. A Big Chunk Each Year.

Here Is A Good Question???

Why Is It Marijuana Is Persecutted & Has Medical Benifits!!

(Not To Mention Clothes, Fuel, Fod, Paper, Etc..)

While Ciggarettes Kill And Prosper.

It Would Free Jailbeds For Hardcore Drugs & Violent Crimes!!


Kelli   March 14th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Jimmy Fallon is hilarious! Thanks for having him on the show. His style of comedy is the best and what a great way to end the day! So glad for his new show.


Joe Monbeck   March 14th, 2009 12:58 am ET

On the marijuana issue, Michael Phelps was brought up and so was alcohol, I would like to hear about Kellogs pulling Mike's sponsorship. It was ok for him to get caught drunk driving, but smoking a bong is wrong? This is a problem!


Tina Fleming   March 14th, 2009 12:58 am ET

i sont think its really all about legalizing marijuana its about the government regulating my day to day life. no one says i cant drink a beer which is proven to be much more deadly than marijuana we sell ciggarettes legally and they cause an excrutiating disease which the goverment doesnt pay for treatment of so how can someone say one deadlt thing is ok while a substance with a unbelievably lower side effects and our government tells us we cant do it. its all about govermental control not "the horrible drug effects of marijuana"


Alicia   March 14th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Why doesn't the government EVER say anything against alcohol? because they are making MONEY on it!! Why does the government complain so much about the tobacco companies?? because they aren't getting as much MONEY from it as they would like! Why does the government ban marijuana?? because they haven't figured out a way to make MONEY off of it!! isn't it interesting that California is considering legalizing marijuana to help the state get out of it's DEBT!!?? As soon as the government figures out how to make money off of marijuana they will legalize it in a heartbeat!


Patti   March 14th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Marijuana has not been shown to have been the cause of ANY fatalities.


jimmy   March 14th, 2009 12:59 am ET

i agree marijuana is not a great thing to legalize but i do agree if it is legalize then you should be responsible enough to use it just like alcohol and its just as addicting as any tobacco products and alcohol so i agree half and half would it be nice to have marijuana legalize yes i might but then again it want


TD   March 14th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Really, marijuana is akin to alcohol. It causes inebriation (drunkeness), impairment and dependency in some people. Most people can use it in moderation. Federal, state and local resources used to regulate it are a waste. Make it legal and tax it like alcohol.
Sky


Matt   March 14th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Can you imagine the impact on the economy if Marijuana were legalized? No more tax dollars going towards that particular area of the "drug war". The government should legalize, produce,regulate and tax the product. As for the comment of "gateway drugs" I think that is laughable. I believe alchohol is a greater gateway drug than marijuana becase it lowers inhibitions exponentialy greater tham pot.


Katherine   March 14th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Baldwin, I'm in your side. I believe that the U.S. should take a stand against immorality. I believe that there is no difference between a law against smoking marijuana and a law against rape or murder.


Pablo   March 14th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Steve is wrong!!
Not a real reason for not legalizing pot, just the same argument


Mike   March 14th, 2009 1:01 am ET

I totally agree with the legalization arguments. I've believed for a long time that our government wastes way too much money on chasing down pot smokers. Alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous and do more damage to your body than marijuana.

The truth is the ones who benefit the most from drug laws is the cartels. The drug lords in Mexico would be out of business if the stuff was legal because prices would drop drastically. If they only legalized marijuana, it would cut the cartels profits by a lot.


Richard   March 14th, 2009 1:01 am ET

I just lost every bit of respect I ever had for Steven Baldwin. The guy needs to do some reading and bring himself up to date on the facts about pot. Everything this guy is saying has been proved wrong.

Gateway drug? Now that is funny. They have proved that the "gateway" is the pusher and peer pressure, not using pot.

I have used all kinds of prescription drugs and spent in access of 300K since 1990 when I had 5 spine surgeries. I know wat the stuff can do., If I smoke, I get mellow and feel better. Not only does it help with pain it helps with depression. It also helps wth numerous other problems. Again Baldwin only shows his ignorance when it comes to this.

I say RON PAUL FOR PRES !!!!


Andrew   March 14th, 2009 1:03 am ET

first of all, Stephen throwing out the gateway drug fact & not mentioning that alcohol is a legal gateway drug is ridiculus!!
As far as Phelps losing his wheaties contract, are we suppose to believe that there arent alot of people that get high & eat cereal?Seems like they are just being PC. Weed should be legalized. Weed is less toxic than alcohol & LESS ADDICTIVE!! This should be a topic for more shows.


JB   March 14th, 2009 1:03 am ET

i think you should legalize it for persons, have the police continue to intercept the the shipments, and let the states sell it and tax it, beat anyones price and and everyone will be happy.
jockoe


Lavimodiere1977   March 14th, 2009 1:03 am ET

Why is It Marijuana Is Persecutted When It Has Health Benifits???
(Not To Mention: Clothes, Fuel, Food, Medicine, Lotions)

When Cigarettes Kill & Prosper???


andrew Schroede   March 14th, 2009 1:06 am ET

I voted for ron paul during the primaries and this is why.... People smoke marijuana... Tax it so i dont have to go to a drug dealer to get a little marijuana. Stop being so controlling... I can go get drunk until I black out however I cant sit in my own home and smoke a joint to relax after a long day of work... However I really dont care if you legalize it, I'll still get it like I always have... And to say that I'm gonna smoke it in my car if it is legalized is like saying if you legalize over the counter medication people will start driving around with it... How about making it illegal to have an open container of marijuana in your car like alcohol... Come on people, stop picking one thing out to ruin this. Stop making me feel like I'm a criminal because I like to smoke a plant IN MY HOME... Keep giving the foreign drug dealers money because you never smoked it.... Smoke it then tell me you felt like robbing someone or causing someone harm...STUPID GOVERMENT!!!!


Hector L.   March 14th, 2009 1:07 am ET

I agree with Ron Paul, stop the war on cannibes. With regulation it's a win-win situation for our country. Think about all the jobs it would create!


jens   March 14th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Steven Baldwin just said he doesn't care what anyone says marijuana is a gateway drug? The reason this is true is that we lie to are our kids and tell them in programs like "DARE" that all drugs will kill you. The kids see somebody in their school smoke weed, sometimes for a long time, with no effects and therefore think we lied about the other drugs. They are then, not afraid to try meth, coke or other drugs. The real problem is the" just say no" program or dare program lumping all drugs into one group, but leaving out drugs like alcohol and tobacco. Steven needs to get off of his high horse and look at marijuana in real terms. It is less dangerous than alcohol and yet if I am caught drinking under age I get in some trouble, but if I am caught with marijuana, I can go to jail. Not a great use of tax payer money, jailing marijuana users. Just ticket them and let them go. Knock off the garbage Steven, you have millions of dollars because of your portrayal of marijuana users and glorifying its use in films. Give back that money or give it to an anti drug campaign and then maybe you'll have some credibility.


Scott Carriere   March 14th, 2009 1:09 am ET

looks like everyone went to bed. Mabey they are watching "race from the cure". ,,,lol at least we can hope


Chad   March 14th, 2009 1:09 am ET

Ok so i just watched the debate and it really pissed me off. Why are so many Americans so ignorant? Ron Paul had so many good points for legalization and all Stephen Baldwin said was the same Myths that have been disproven many times. Then he went ahead and said if marijuana was legal there would be more deaths. Please explain to me how that would happen? The people who want to smoke marijuana already smoke it. If it were to be legalized the only change would be the users wouldn't have to go buy from there creepy dealer and instead go to a regulated store, get carded and purchase there marijuana + the tax.

When will the American people realize this?


shawn   March 14th, 2009 1:10 am ET

i got a DWI for smoking a joint and driving. it was total b.s. i was pulled over for my exhust and the cop asked me for my license and regestration, i handed it to him and he told me to step out. i did field soberity tests and he took me to a hospital to take a blood sample and taken to the station to be arrested for DWAI driving while ability impared by drugs. i went to court for 7 i never saw the blood work for 5 months and i had a 0.0% BAC. they found delta-9 THC in my system which didnt suprise me one bit i love smoking grass. needless to say i got charged with DWI driving while intoxicated by alcohol. they say new york is so in debt they took over $2,000 in fines and fees and other B.S. i have to go through. All over a damn plant.


Todd432   March 14th, 2009 1:11 am ET

Speak Up America!! Legalize Weed!! It's the right thing to do. Pot smokers and car accidents is absurd and can't be backed up. Way to go Larry good show!!


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 1:25 am ET

It certainly wasn't much of a debate was it? Baldwin had nothing to say that was provocative or intelligent. The statement "I don't care what anybody says...{place unsupported BS here}" really said it all about him. It is indicative of the problem, is it not, that no matter the evidence to the contrary, the war on drugs must continue because they say so.


Atari   March 14th, 2009 1:28 am ET

Thank you Mr.Ron Paul for your views on legalizing marijuana. It would help the economy tremendously. There are so many benefits to the legalization of marijuana that they will always out way the bad. Marijuana is major cash crop that cant be stopped only taxed. Herion,cocaine, and Meth are drugs with no medical benefit; therefore shall stay illegal but marijuana should not be qualified as a drug. If the american goverment wont's do something right for once they will legalize and get all that money that is going to other countrys and keep it home were it belongs. thanks


J   March 14th, 2009 1:28 am ET

Thanks for covering the debate on marijuana Larry (or Larry's producers). I think it deserves more national debate and discussion.


George Southwell   March 14th, 2009 1:28 am ET

Who is Stephen Baldwin and what qualified him to discuss the legalization of marijuana? Nothing he said during the discussion was accurate. Ron Paul made many good points but the potential tax revenue that could be realized by legalizing marijuana was not emphasized. Another aspect that should have been more thoroughly discussed is the positive impact legalization would have on breaking organized crime especially in light of the recent Mexican drug lord related news. The lead question was about Michael Phelps. The Phelps story is completely unrelated to the content of this discussion and Stephen Baldwin (my wife just told me is movie star of some sort) is just an example of how the news is not intelligently discussed – rather sensationalized using movie stars and athletes. Let's discuss topics with qualified authorities and have productive outcomes.


jodie   March 14th, 2009 1:28 am ET

once again, a celebrity thinking that because they are a celebrity they know what they are talking about. the marijuana debate between ron paul and stephen baldwin( can u consider him a celebrity?) was embarrassing. the fact is, and ron paul said this, is have u heard anyone ever getting arrested for being under the influence of marijuana? have you ever heard of someone causing a car accident because they were under the influence of marijuana? no, and anyone who knows anything about marijuana knows that there is a very rare chance of that happening. but alcohol, alcohol is completely legal and is more lethal than marijuana by a very large margin. whether they legalize marijuana or not( and yes i do think it would be a wonderful idea all the way around) the fact that larry king had stephen baldwin on to debate something he was apparently oblivious about is shocking. his argument was very lame and had no real factual backing. its obvious he didnt do his homework. and although, ron paul didnt seem to have all the facts straight when it comes to marijuana, he did know what he was talking about and made stephen look like moron. stephen, go back have a few drinks, get drunk, blackout, drive and possibly kill someone. i'll sit here, smoke a joint, watch a good movie eat a snack and go to bed.


woodb55   March 14th, 2009 1:30 am ET

Ron Paul is an American hero in my book!

We need more elder statesmen like Ron Paul to step up to the plate and work to end the drug war. The truth is that the drug war is far worse than the drugs. This week an unarmed collage kid from Grand Valley State was shot and seriously wounded during a drug raid on his dorm room. Anyone that supports the drug war is a traitor as far as I'm concerned. Because they are supporting a war against innocent American citicens.


Lisa   March 14th, 2009 1:38 am ET

Marijuana may not cure cancer but if you've ever had to go through intense treatment, you would appreciate what it is to be able to smoke a joint, relax and fall asleep *comfortably* even just for a little while.

And what of all the kids who had methamphetamine combinations forced on them because they're supposedly ADD/ADHD. "Kid can't focus, let's prescribe him some crystal meth." But when that same kid finally stops taking their tweeker prescription and starts self medicating with marijuana – that's when they're labeled as being on drugs. Yes, marijuana slows your thought process somewhat, but doesn't that seem like a natural prescription for someone who has a problem slowing their thought process enough to focus on a single thought?

I could go on forever, but let's face it the people that need convincing aren't posting on here or probably reading it. Marijuana and Hemp need to be legal for so many good reasons, and there's really only a handful of very weak arguments against it.


Lavimodiere1977   March 14th, 2009 1:39 am ET

Genisis 1 : 12
God has given all seed bearing plants to use....

Perscription Drugs, Cigarettes & Alchohol,Textile, Are The Big Buisness's That Have Been Bribing Congress To Keep it Illegal For Many Years...

Our Consitution Was Written On It....
(Save Trees & Help Enviroment)

It Would Virtually Eliminate Depression.


jodie   March 14th, 2009 1:41 am ET

p.s. stephen, the true gateway drug happens to be alcohol. anyone ive ever heard that tried any drug, was drinking first.


Sharon   March 14th, 2009 1:43 am ET

One huge problem with marijuana being illegal is that it's impossible to have an open, honest debate about it. This is why so much nonsense, like what Stephen Baldwin was spewing, goes unchallenged. Baldwin said "this is a fact" and "that is a fact", when the fact is, like most who speak publicly about the issue, he doesn't know what the hell he is talking about, and continues to spread such gross misinformation, even being so absurd and ridiculous as to throw religion into it, referring to his opening line. I wonder if he knows Thomas Jefferson grew marijuana as a crop.

I was totally stunned when I saw on the screen that Ron Paul is a Republican. Certainly not the progressive thinking I would expect under that label. And he's an old guy! Bravo!

Consider the following passage:

"On just one issue, for instance. Why not grow hemp and use it to make paper? Do you have any idea how many trees it takes just to supply the world with daily newspapers? To say nothing of paper cups, carry-out cartons, and paper towels?

Hemp can be grown inexpensively, and harvested easily, and used not only for making paper, but the strongest rope, and the longest-lasting clothing, and even some of the most effective medicines the planet can provide. In fact, cannabis can be planted so inexpensively, and harvested so easily, and has so many wonderful uses, that there is a huge lobby working against it.

Too many would lose too much to allow the world to turn to this simple plant which can be grown almost anywhere. This is just one example of how greed replaces common sense in the conduct of human affairs."

Just to cap this off, according to one non-mainstream report I heard about on a British Internet radio show a few years ago, a population of cigarette smokers/regular marijuana users was studied somewhere in the UK, and it seemed they had a hugely lower rate of lung cancer than those who didn't consume marijuana.

How "interesting" that there there is all this research going on in other parts of the world, yet we don't hear about it in mainstream North American media. Perhaps someone at CNN should do some outside-the-box research on the issue. Then the public might start getting some actual facts for a change.


Terry Wells   March 14th, 2009 1:50 am ET

Stephen Baldwin is hooked on a gateway drug called ignorance...the sad thing is it is contagious and spreads rampantly.


Jedi Rock   March 14th, 2009 1:50 am ET

Marijuana should be legalized, regulated and tax. In fact all drug usage should be treated more as a medical issue and not a criminal issue. You would pull the rug from under the cartels! ie prohibition. It's cost billion's of dollars to lock up and maintain human beings. We also lose our freedoms as we become a police state.

Read the book the Emperor wears no clothing and it tells you about the history of hemp. It is one of the most advance plants on the planet! It contains amino acids, it one of the strongest fibers that could fuel million of new jobs. like rope, paper, clothes, textiles, medical usage, sea sickness, glucoma, anorexia, chemo and hemp oil (Henry Ford produced a car that could run off hemp. It requires no pesticides to break it down like cotton which uses 1/3 of all pesticides we in the US to break down the fabric. I could go on and on. How many people do you know of that died from marijuana? 0 As far as brain cells is concerned it is the equivalent of dropping a empty card board box on your head!

It's all market share and know that corporations are gangs in ties.....they are very territorial. It's a threat to the liquor, cotton, logging, medical, pharmaceutical industry, etc, etc.. If legalized it would become one of the biggest if not the largest industries in our economy. It's the largest cash crop in the US and in many states.

It's natural and recyclable. Why are we in denial? Why can't we see it. George Washington stopped growing tobacco and started growing hemp – he said every American farmer should do so for the national security of our young nation! Yes, even George knew. Talk to farmers. Ignorance cost more than an education. Alcohol is the gateway drug not marijuana. Drivers under a university study when the alcohol laws were change to 21 found that marijuana drivers were more cautious drivers compared to alcohol related drivers in which you lose muscle control. Lastly, not all hemp contains THC which is the ingredient that gets you high. Do your research and you will come to a intelligent decision. You'll see the benefits of this great plant that God gave us or nature if you an athiest. You don't have to smoke it but realize it's potential and possiblities.

Like the sun which gives the earth free energy every day we choose the most destructive way to do it. Our new plan should be The Peace on Drugs.

Jedi-Rock

The truth shall set you free...


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 1:52 am ET

Wow you guys are all full of crap...

My analogy about sex with children makes perfect sense because both of our analogies go to the heart of the matter. You inserting your opinions as fact and me using sex with children in place of your opinion. In both cases they're both opinions that don't make sense.

I do pick up history books and I don't give a fiddlers fart if Ben Franklin, Jesus, Ghandi, George Washington and Dwight D. Eisenhour were all sitting in a room toking. In ANY case I have aproblem with people toking up. And in anyone's years 46, 16, 32 or 107 you have not been as productive a member in society as you play yourselves out to be.

Marijuana does NOT cure cancer, nor does it Cure Asthma. It is a path to escape your daily lives that only wastes your time.

I would rather not be behind either a drunk driver or some stoned idiot and the dichotomy is a false set of options, however the stoner stopped at a green light is just as apt to stop suddenly with someone behond them as the idiot drunk who slams into the back of someone else who DID stop at the red light.

Gay Marriage is just a reality that others have decided to discriminate against and seperate but equal didn't work with schooling so why would it work with gay marriages and civil unions? Right wing religious nuts just want to feel special so they want to command the power of a word, so they can feel superior and seperate themselves from their absolute equals.

Have I gone over it all for you or do you want to do this again?


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 1:53 am ET

Ron Paul, Terry Wells, Daniel Girt, Jodie and you others are hooked on a gateway drug called ignorance…the sad thing is it is contagious and spreads rampantly.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 2:00 am ET

Seriously folks... predictable


Terry Wells   March 14th, 2009 2:02 am ET

@James... why don't you find a communist country to live in if you want the government to rule over ever aspect of you life.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 2:08 am ET

@Terry Wells... how do you make the connection? Better yet, why don't you just stop wearing clothes alltogether? That's just one more oppression pushed onto you by society. Why don't you go marry your 10 year old cousin and get her pregnant? It happened quite often in biblical times and when the Code of Hamurrabi was set up?

Why on earth would you want to break with tradition and engage in change?


Matt   March 14th, 2009 2:12 am ET

Come on James get a life. and get off your high horse.I have smoked weed for almost 20 yrs (started when I was 18) ..NEVER have I been in ANY trounble as a result of it. NEVER have I been addicted ( I stop every now and then for a few months) I HAVE tried other drugs but not because of weed,although i never did have a fancy for any of the more illicit drugs and havent ever done them more than once. They just didnt do anything for me. As I said I have toked for almost 20 yrs ,but was recently diagnosed with Glaucoma.
Marijuana now has a medicinal use in my life. It releives the occular pressure from building up in my eye which keeps me from haveing debillatating headaches EVERY DAY. It also stops me from expieriencing visual" aura" in my eyesight. Thank god for the fact Illinois is on its way to being a Medical Marijuana state and also for putting this plant here for us. LEGALIZE IT!!!!!!!


Terry Wells   March 14th, 2009 2:14 am ET

@James Once again you are generalizing and your analogies have nothing to do with this topic whatsoever. As far as I am concerned I am am done with this debate with you...I refuse to waste my time debating against ignorance.

I'm out of here...going to roll a fatty, toke down and go to bed.


boodro   March 14th, 2009 2:24 am ET

I think marijuana should be legalized. Im 29 and I started when I was 12 and I was in perfect health my memory was great and it helped me relax after a hard day of work till I quit Now im over weight and a diabetic and have so much tension I cant stand it. It also produces more oxygen then trees do


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 2:39 am ET

Cannabis was a part of the American pharmacopoeia until 1942 and is currently available by prescription in the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, and Italy in its whole plant form.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 2:43 am ET

@Matt

Come on Matt get a life, and get off your "high" horse. You may have been addicted to weed for almost 20 yrs (started when you were 18) ..NEVER have I been caught in ANY trouble as a result of it, nor would oyu admit it if you had. You claim you NEVER have been addicted ( I stop every now and then for a few months), but you can stop anytime oyu want right? Right?

You admit you HAVE tried other drugs, and claim it's not because of weed, and further claim you never did have a fancy for any of the more illicit drugs and then make the excuse you havent ever done them more than once; so, it must make it all okay. Maybe they just didnt do anything for me. But on the bright side you have only toked for almost 20 yrs.
In a completely unrelated matter, you were recently diagnosed with Glaucoma. You predictably use that as an excuse to bring up the fact that in some states, Marijuana now has a medicinal use, and you intend to enable your crutch and continue to bolster your adiction in your life.

Then, as a pseudo science, you claim It releives the occular pressure from building up in your eye which believe keeps you from haveing debillatating headaches EVERY DAY, ignoring the fact that continual use, with sporadic attempts to stop using will cause you to go into withdrawls, but oh, Marijuana doesn't have withdrawl symptoms right? You then claim It also stops you from expieriencing visual” aura” in your eyesight, while posting no such medical evidence to back it all up.

You then bring your imaginary friend into it by Thanking god for the fact Illinois is on its way to being a Medical Marijuana state and then get to claim your imaginary friend also for put this plant here for us, but really you're just concerned with you.

So, I say again, DON'T LEGALIZE IT!!!!!!!


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 2:47 am ET

Illegalsmile March 14th, 2009 2:39 am ET

Cannabis was a part of the American pharmacopoeia until 1942 and is currently available by prescription in the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, and Italy in its whole plant form.

And using Terry's hopes for me, I'll pass his wisom on to oyu... then why dont' you move to Netherlands, Canada, Spain, and Italy so you can use it in it's whole plant form adn where it is not illegal?


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 2:51 am ET

@ Scott Carriere

Marijuana does NOT cure cancer! What rock did you find that under? If it did, I would have been smoking a ton of it. What it supposed to do is help eliminate the sickness resulting from chemo; however, I feel that is debatable too!

If anything, smoking pot will cause lung cancer because of how you hold the hot smoke in your lungs! I am advocating we legalize it for two main reasons.

1. we can tax the heck out of it and help boost our economy
2. legalize it will keep people from dealing with the black market; thus, not so much exposure to other drugs.

Can you become physically addicted to it? YES
Can you become psychologically addicted to it? YES!!!

However, I much prefer to see it legal than Alcohol!


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 2:53 am ET

In 1937, the U.S. passed the first federal law against cannabis, despite the objections of the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. William C. Woodward, testifying on behalf of the AMA, told Congress that, "The American Medical Association knows of no evidence that marijuana is a dangerous drug" and warned that a prohibition "loses sight of the fact that future investigation may show that there are substantial medical uses for Cannabis."


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 2:55 am ET

Oh, here's a novel idea... Why not attempt to trade the legality of alcohol for the legality of pot?! I'd back that just to see the debate between Ron Whit and Dave Chapell ;P


Chris   March 14th, 2009 2:55 am ET

Larry, I smoke Marijuana responsibly like Millions of other hard working Americans. I'm a home owner, a business owner, a tax payer and a GREAT Father! I smoke to relax after work or when I'm feeling under the weather. I'm not a criminal! I'm polite and kind to everyone all the time. I'm not violent nor do I break any laws. Marijuana is the Safer alternative to alcohol, tobacco and pain medicine. So, why is it illegal? Prohibition of Marijuana is hurting America economically and socially and the war has failed completely! Our laws on this issue create crime, waste money and create a dangerous criminal market totally untaxed and unregulated. This is insanity and it's time to end the lies and bias opinions on this whole issue! Prohibition is strictly business for criminals and corporations who profit from it's being outlawed. It's time for a real discussion and real change. I want a choice and I choose Marijuana! Legalize for a Safer America!


William Trinkaus   March 14th, 2009 2:56 am ET

This is not a comment, but a question. Why is Larry king not hosting the show now?


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 2:57 am ET

Once again Illegal Smile... Marijuana shoudl eb researched for the medicinal possibilities, under strict scrutiny and oversight, and regulations, but only for that purpose and under federal and state cooperation.

Not in back yards at Hulas, pig roasts, and strip poker nights.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 2:59 am ET

Ironically, the U.S. federal government currently grows and provides cannabis for a small number of patients. In 1976 the federal government created the Investigational New Drug (IND) compassionate access research program to allow patients to receive up to nine pounds of cannabis from the government each year. Today, five surviving patients still receive medical cannabis from the federal government, paid for by federal tax dollars.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:06 am ET

@ Illegalsmile

The one thing that has been proven in test subjects over the years is that cannabis lengthens the distance between nerve cells in the synapse within neuro-pathways; resulting in memory loss and possibly decrease in intelligence.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:09 am ET

In 1988, the DEA's Chief Administrative Law Judge, Francis L. Young, ruled after extensive hearings that, "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known... It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance..."


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:12 am ET

Cannabis Smoking Does Not Cause Cancer
Sources: Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006, San Diego, California
According to Dr. Donald Tashkin and his colleagues at the University of California in Los Angeles results from a case-controlled study monstrate that even heavy and long-term smoking of cannabis is not associated with lung cancer and other types of upper aerodigestive tract cancers.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:12 am ET

What is the supposedly benefits of cannabis?


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:13 am ET

Cannabinoids Reduce the Progression of Alzheimer's Disease in Animals
Sources: Ramirez BG, et al. “Prevention of Alzheimer's disease pathology by cannabinoids: neuroprotection mediated by blockade of microglial activation. Journal of Neuroscience 2005;25(8):1904-13;


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:15 am ET

Cannabinoids May Promote the Development of New Brain Cells
Sources: Jiang W, Zhang Y, Xiao L, Van Cleemput J, Ji SP, Bai G, Zhang X. Cannabinoids promote embryonic and adult hippocampus neurogenesis and produce anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like effects. Journal of Clinical Investigation. October, 2005


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:15 am ET

I never said it caused lung cancer. I said the way in which one smokes it could cause lung damage which could end up as cancer because of the continued heat/smoke in one's lungs. But breathing smog and smoking Cigs also causes lung damage.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:17 am ET

quote: If anything, smoking pot will cause lung cancer because of how you hold the hot smoke in your lungs! end quote


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:18 am ET

possibly antidepressant-like effects from cannabis; however it still lengthens the distance in the synapse; hence, loss of short term memory.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:18 am ET

Cannabis Reduces Neuropathic Pain In Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Sources: Rog DJ, Nurmikko TJ, Friede T, Young CA. Randomized, controlled trial of cannabis-based medicine in central pain in multiple sclerosis. Neurology 2005;65(6):812-9;


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:19 am ET

of how you hold the hot smoke in your lungs!

Yes, I should have added damage to the lungs with possibility of lung cancer.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:20 am ET

Smoked Cannabis May Help Hep-C Treatment Sources: Sylvestre, Diana L. a b; Clements, Barry J. b; Malibu, Yvonne b. Cannabis use improves retention and virological outcomes in patients treated for hepatitis
C.European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 18(10):1057-1063,
October 2006.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:21 am ET

Illegalsmile

there are several medications that help with neuropath pain that do NOT hinder short term memory


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:22 am ET

Derivatives of Cannabis May Unlock Anti-Cancer Treatment
Source: Kogan, N.M., Blaquez, C., Gallily, R., Guzman, M., and Mechoulam, R. Quinone Type Cannabinoids as AntiCancer Compunds. Abstract, IACM 3rd Conference on Cannabinoids in Medicine, September 9-10, 2005, Leiden


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:24 am ET

Health and Human Services claims that “marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” However, more than 6,500 reports and journal articles from around the world support the medical value of cannabis (marijuana). In addition, dozens of public health organizations have endorsed medical use of marijuana including the National Association of People Living With AIDS, AIDS Action Council, the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Nurses Association, the Federation of American Scientists, Kaiser Permanente, the New England Journal of Medicine, the National Association for Public Health Policy, the California Medical Association, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, and many more. Here is an overview of the latest research.


allison   March 14th, 2009 3:26 am ET

Jimmy, awesome job. You make me laugh so hard i fall off my chair. Keep it up!


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:26 am ET

Illegalsmile

That has not been proven. They may be studying it, but there is no proof yet regarding AntiCancer.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:26 am ET

That it does not cause cancer is not the same as saying it cures cancer


allison   March 14th, 2009 3:27 am ET

Your hilarious. Keep up the good work. I'll always be watching!


Jimmy fallon   March 14th, 2009 3:27 am ET

how does chuckling in Horacio Sands sketches for ten years makes one qualified to be America's Funny Man ?

just curious.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:28 am ET

Anti depressants have also been known to cause suicidal thoughts... what's your point?


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:28 am ET

Cannabis would help with anxiety and allows the person to relax. I am for legalizing it. I prefer to see it legal than alcohol.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:29 am ET

quote:because of how you hold the hot smoke in your lungs! end quote

Be sure to take the whole statement into account. Dodie provided a caveat


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:30 am ET

James In Kamiah, Idaho

Anti depressants do not cause suicidal thoughts. What happened is that prozac gave the person energy before it could bring the person out of depression; hence, 5150!


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:31 am ET

The safety of the drug has been attested to by numerous studies and reports, including the LaGuardia Report of 1944, theSchafer Commission Report of 1972, a 1997 study conducted by the British House of Lords, the Institutes of Medicine report of 1999, research sponsored by Health Canada, and numerous studies conducted in the Netherlands, where cannabis has been quasi-legal since 1976 and is currently available from pharmacies by prescription.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:34 am ET

The evidence you post is a list of anecdotal information with no scientific evidence except in those studies. the information is not widely regarded as reliable and therefor is not supported at eh federal level.

As well, these are side effects of elements contained in teh drug, and not it's primary function.

More research is needed, but that doesn't mean Hugo should be studying it in his back yard. It has medicinal possibilities but calling it a cure for anything other than sever pain brought on by debilitating diseases like AIDS and Cancer is entirely disingenuous.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:35 am ET

James In Kamiah, Idaho

So yes, indirectly, prozac by creating more serotonin in your system ( serotonin reuptake inhibitors) allows the person to carry out the suicide by giving them the energy to do it


Lisa   March 14th, 2009 3:35 am ET

Everyone has a method of relaxing, unwinding at the end of their day, that works for them.

Whether you drink, smoke, gamble, party, go dancing or stay up ranting out your frustrations on online debates, pretty much everyone has to do something to seperate themselves from their day. To reset.

They've spent a long time trying to make us believe marijuana is bad. And why? Because a long time ago the alcohol industry realized that they could very well be threatened by this demon thing, this PLANT. And they had the money to back their fear and marijuana became illegal.

I agree that there are potential health risks with chronic use.
Yes, my lungs are not as healthy as my never-smoked-a-day sister, but I'm still healthier than a comparable cigarette smoker, because serious smokers use water filtration.

Sure, I may have a little less short term memory than you, who do not smoke, but I never have to deal with having a hangover.
Oh, and I never have to worry about getting to a secure destination in one piece after leaving the bar, because potheads don't hang out in public places that have a closing time, they spend time with like minded individuals who won't kick them out door if they're too stoned to function.

And yeah, perhaps it is mildly physically and psychologically addictive, but no more than 5 days of being a little uncomfortable, and 2 weeks before you stop focusing on it. If you've ever known someone who got a little too hooked on a stong pain killer, they can't say the same for trying to get off that.

If it's not for you, that's fine, go on with your life with no hard feelings, but I have yet to hear anything compelling enough to be a acknowledgable argument against legalization.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:36 am ET

The federal prohibition on cannabis has meant that modern clinical research has been limited, to the detriment of medical science and the wellness of patients.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:36 am ET

No they do not cause suicidal thoughts I misspoke, and I retract my statement, what they do is exxacerbate them when present and elevate them when not.


Mary Murillo   March 14th, 2009 3:37 am ET

I find Jimmy Fallon to be unpretentious and very refreshing.
Keep up the good work and much success!


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:38 am ET

Within weeks of California voters legalizing medical cannabis in 1996, federal officials threatened to revoke the prescribing privileges of any physicians who recommended cannabis to their patients for medical use.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:38 am ET

In oyur opinion yes Illegalsmile, it's a detriment. I think a greater detriment would be opening this all up publicly before definitive research is concluded.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:38 am ET

James In Kamiah, Idaho

I agree... more research is needed. I am not sure where the correlation between Cannabis and free radicals converge... If cannabis decreased free radicals, then yes it could be a future possible cure for some cancers.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:39 am ET

Yes they did Illegalsmile, because federal law trumps state law whenever a conflict comes up.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:40 am ET

@ Illegalsmile

California already has legal cannabis for medical use. I have seen it where I work


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:40 am ET

6,500 reports and journal articles from around the world support the medical value of cannabis.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:41 am ET

Dodie, or it could be proven to highten the risk of certain types of cancer... more research, controlled research, not merely anecdotal research, is needed.


Lyndon Fidler   March 14th, 2009 3:42 am ET

How fun was it to work with the entire cast of SNL. And what was the most memorable skit you did. I am also a big fan of your new show.

Lyndon Fidler from Saskatoon, SK


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:44 am ET

@Illegalsmile

and in every instance, another drug can be used in place of cannabis for medical use.

What needs to be determined is how the drugs including cannabis affects the liver and other organs. That will be determined sometime in the future...


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:44 am ET

More than twenty major studies published between 2001 and 2006 have shown that the chemicals in cannabis known as cannabinoids have a significant effect fighting cancer cells. We now know cannabinoids arrest many kinds of cancer growths (brain, breast, leukemic, melanoma, phaeochromocytoma, et al.) through promotion of apoptosis (programmed cell death) that is lost in tumors, and by arresting angiogenesis (increased blood vessel production).


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:46 am ET

James In Kamiah, Idaho

Yes, I completely agree with you. It needs to be in a controlled research instead of a group of people getting loaded in their backyard 🙂


donna mccartney-smith   March 14th, 2009 3:46 am ET

Cool pickle-great show!


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:47 am ET

Although cannabis smoke has been shown to have precancerous-causing effects in animal tissue, epidemiological studies on humans have failed to link cannabis smoking with cancer. If smoke inhalation is a concern, cannabis can be used with a vaporizer, orally in baked goods, and topically as a tincture or a suppository.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:49 am ET

So... Illegalsmile... who does oyur research? Cheech and Chong or is it High Times? ;P


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:50 am ET

Illegalsmile

I don't know if Cannabis would promote apoptosis with only specific cancer cells. I think that remains to be seen. If it was a break through, I think I would have heard about it.

You don't need cannabis to increase blood vessel production... you could use something as simple as zinc or specific types of Vitamin B


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:52 am ET

Illegalsmile

you are quoting many journal articles, but are they significant in nature. are the results significant? And is the research valid and reliable? Can it be replicated?


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:54 am ET

I never said Marijuana caused cancer so, as an opponent, that arguement is moot. I DID say that it didn't CURE cancer. Most of the info in these reports is entirely speculative.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 3:55 am ET

Illegalsmile

Research is only valid if it falls within 1% or "significant'


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 3:57 am ET

Yes, Yes, and Phosfetidalserine is supposed to enhance memory and delay the onset of early Alzheimers...

according to the Memory Cure book I got through BOMC anyways 😉


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 3:58 am ET

Portella G et al (2003). Inhibitory effects of cannabinoid CB1 receptor stimulation on tumor growth and metastatic spreading: actions on signals involved in angiogenesis and metastasis.FASEB J. 17(12): 1771-3. Epub 2003 Jul 03.

Mimeault M et al (2003). Anti-proliferative and apoptotic effects of anandamide in human prostatic cancer cell lines: implication of epidermal growth factor receptor down-regulation and ceramide production. Prostate. 56(1): 1-12.

Ligresti A et al (2003). Possible endocannabinoid control of colorectal cancer growth. Gastroenterology. 125(3):677-87.

Gomez del Pulgar T et al (2002). De novo-synthesized ceramide is in-volved in cannabinoid-induced apoptosis. Biochem J. 363(Pt 1): 183-8.

Gomez Del Pulgar T et al (2002). Cannabinoids protect astrocytes from ceramide-induced apoptosis through the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B pathway. J Biol Chem. 277(39):36527-33. Epub Jul 19.

Gonzalez S et al (2000). Decreased cannabinoid CB1 receptor mRNA levels and immunoreactivity in pituitary hyperplasia induced by prolonged exposure to estrogens. Pituitary. 3(4):221-6.

Pagotto U et al (2001). Normal human pituitary gland and pituitary adenomas express cannabinoid receptor type 1 and synthesize endogenous cannabinoids: first evidence for a direct role of cannabinoids on hormone modulation at the human pituitary level. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 86(6):2687-96

Rubovitch V, Gafni M, Sarne Y. (2002.) The cannabinoid agonist DALN positively modulates L-type voltage-dependent calcium-channels in N18TG2 neuroblastoma cells. Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 101(1-2):93-102.

Bifulco M et al (2001). Control by the endogenous cannabinoid system of ras oncogene-dependent tumor growth. FASEB J. 15(14): 2745-7. Epub Oct 29.

Massi P et al (2004). Antitumor effects of cannabidiol, a nonpsychoative cannabinoid, on human glioma cell lines. JPET 308:838-845.

McAllister SD et al (2005). Cannabinoids selectively inhibit proliferation and induce death of cultured human glioblastoma multiforme cells. J Neurooncol. Aug;74(1):31-40.

50. Hazekamp A et al (2006). Evaluation of a vaporizing device (Volcano(R)) for the pulmonary administration of tetrahydrocannabinol. J Pharm Sci 95 (6) Apr 24: 1308-1317.


Monet   March 14th, 2009 4:00 am ET

The legalization of marijuana would solve a lot our economic issues.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:02 am ET

Illegalsmile

Are any of these findings significant? What does their Results render? I think it would be well publicized if there was absolute proof that cannabis would kill tumor cells.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:02 am ET

"There will likely always be a subpopulation of patients who do not respond well to other medications ... The critical issue is not whether marijuana or cannabinoid drugs might be superior to the new drugs, but whether some group of patients might obtain added or better relief from marijuana or cannabinoid drugs ... Although some medications are more effective than marijuana for these problems, they are not equally effective in all patients."
– Institute of Medicine


donna mccartney-smith   March 14th, 2009 4:02 am ET

Oh please, the gateway drug theory was debunked decades ago. This is no worse than alcohol, tobacco and ... How about an honest nondramatic approach.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:03 am ET

"American College of Phyicians (ACP) urges review of marijuana status as a Schedule I controlled substance and reclassification into a more appropriate schedule, given the scientific evidence regarding marijuana's safety and efficacy in some clinical conditions ... Given marijuana's proven efficacy at treating certain symptoms and its relatively low toxicity, reclassification would reduce barriers to research and increase availability of cannabinoid drugs to patients who have failed to respond to other treatments."

" ACP strongly urges protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws."
-American College of Physicians (representing 124,000 members, ACP is the largest specialty and second largest medical society in the U.S.), January 2008


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 4:05 am ET

Ah yes... the factoid or Good Will Hunting Blogger..

This is the person that can tell you the date Michaelangelo painted the cistine ceiling but cannot tell you what the chapel itslef smells like

Book smarts, but not worldy wise


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:05 am ET

"The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society supports legislation to remove criminal and civil sanctions for the doctor-advised, medical use of marijuana by patients with serious physical medical conditions ... [the] Leukemia & Lymphoma Society strongly urge that in a state where patients are permitted to use marijuana medicinally for serious and/or chronic illnesses and a patient's physician has recommended its use in accordance with that state's law and that state's medical practice standards, the patient should not be subject to federal criminal penalties for such medical use."
– Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, July 2007


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:05 am ET

Illegalsmile

Yes, everyone responds differently to drugs. I have seen people use cannabis who are DX with Schizophrenia. Does that mean that it is better than other drugs like zyprexia, or seroquil... That remains to be seen. Think I spelled seroquil wrong. Some of the psychotropic drugs I have problems spelling


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:08 am ET

Illegalsmile

Yes, in California... Medical Marijuana is still controversial in the court system. I happen to work around that area. One judge is OK with it and another judge is not!


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:08 am ET

" For a significant number of patients, clinical experience and research confirm that marijuana serves as the only effective medicine for relieving pain, suppressing nausea or stimulating appetite. Numerous studies by blue-ribbon government panels and federally funded, peer-reviewed scientific studies have consistently found that marijuana is effective for treating certain debilitating symptoms."
– American Pain Foundation, American Medical Women's Association, Lymphoma Foundation of America, American Nurses Association, California Nurses Association, AIDS Action Council, National Women's Health Network, Doctors of the World-USA, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Ross v. Ragingwire, 2006 WL 3244938 (August 7, 2006 Appellate Brief)


Swooper420   March 14th, 2009 4:10 am ET

Dodie – absolute proof of the ability of cannabinoids to kill tumor cells requires research, research requiring the use of cannabis, which may only be supplied by the Government. However, requests for cannabis for use in studies is routinely denied.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:12 am ET

What did the research say in their (results) section? Was it "significant" meaning did it reach 1%? That is when the research is valid. Can this research be duplicated with the same results. If it can, then it is a powerful research. It has to meet this criteria for it to be addressed.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 4:15 am ET

The Good Will Hunting blogger will also post, ad naseum, factoids taken from other websites, scarcely understanding what they meanb, but do so to attempt to look smart or at least smarter tahn soemoen else


Swooper420   March 14th, 2009 4:15 am ET

Did anyone watch the Ron Paul / Steven Baldwin legalization debate?

IMHO, Ron Paul devastated Baldwin and the "Reefer Madness" prohibitionist sect.

It was fun to watch.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:16 am ET

California's medical marijuana law is perhaps the least restrictive of those in the states that have legalized marijuana for medical use. At the same time, its aim to have local governments adopt guidelines regarding patient and caregiver conduct has led to unequal application of the law, selective enforcement, and vastly different interpretations of the law.


James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 14th, 2009 4:16 am ET

They will rarely, if ever, break from this pattern, except to engage in the occasional personal quip, just to show oyu that they are not some computer generated spam or factoid horder


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:17 am ET

You can search the internet for your slant on the subject. Here is one that I just found

Study strengthens marijuana brain damage case

Posted Wed Jun 4, 2008 11:47am AEST
A new Australian study says long-term, heavy cannabis use causes brain damage that is equivalent to mild-traumatic brain injury or premature ageing.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:18 am ET

The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (CUA)
In 1996, the California voters enacted Proposition 215, codified as Health & Safety Code 11362.5:

The people of the State of California hereby find and declare that the purposes of the CUA are as follows:
To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where the medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:19 am ET

Here is ONE that you found

Study strengthens marijuana brain damage case


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:20 am ET

We can always find our slant on a topic from the internet. Heck, everyone carries out studies to keep their job at the Universities. But only if the research can hit a "significance" meaning at the 1% and can be replicated with the same results ... then you have something!


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:22 am ET

Illegalsmile

yes, I said earlier that I have had patients using medical marijuana and in the California court system some judges are OK and others are not.

What does that prove???


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:26 am ET

James In Kamiah, Idaho

Syntax error??? now that is an interesting thought!

By the way... I know many people think Dodie is a male... however, I am unique and female...


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:26 am ET

According to the Institute of Medicine, "All of the currently available analgesic (pain-relieving) drugs have limited efficacy for some types of pain. Some are limited by dose-related side effects and some by the development of tolerance or dependence."

The opioid analgesics commonly used to combat pain include codeine (Dolacet, Hydrocet, Lorcet, Lortab, Vicodin); morphine (Avinza, Oramorph); oxycodone (Oxycontin, Roxicodone, Percocet, Roxicet); propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet) and tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet). These medicines can cause psychological and physical dependence, as well as constipation, dizziness, lightheadedness, mood changes, nausea, sedation, shortness of breath and vomiting. Taking high doses or mixing with alcohol can slow down breathing, a potentially fatal condition.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:28 am ET

Illegalsmile

yes, yes, yes... cannabis gives one the 'munchies' hence weight gain.

So what is you point in all of this???


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:30 am ET

Illegalsmile

are you coping all of this off the internet??? I know about these drugs... I am in the field! You do not need to tell me about these.

You never told me if any of the research was (significant) I ask you questions about the research, but I never see an answer....


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:32 am ET

Illegalsmile

Quoting me a ton of research has NO meaning if none of them has merit! I have many friends that do research all the time to keep their jobs at the universities.

So again, what is the point? I feel I am talking to a computer... well heck... I am!!!


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:32 am ET

This research I've posted is peer-reviewed and all are published studies.


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:33 am ET

James... did you fall asleep? Ah, smoking too much pot! I bet 🙂


Dodie from CA   March 14th, 2009 4:36 am ET

Illegalsmile

All journal articles are peer reviewed. That does NOT mean anything! Only if the results are significant! and the only way you will know that is by reading all that you have posted.

So,,, my thought is that you start reading.....

For me, I have had a long day at work... and now getting quite tired. I think James went to bed... Thinking that is a good idea too.


Ryan   March 14th, 2009 4:41 am ET

I think it should be lagalized. If not, every state should decriminalize it. I feel that there are to many people, who make stupid choices in life, for example, harmlessly smoking Cannabis, possibly even for the first time. Think of how many college students are having their educations ruined or having to pay fines and attend classes, for harmlessly being a typical "college student". Also, I feel it would give authorities less to worry about, and have more time to focus on bigger problems at hand. I go to school where there are VERY bad areas only a couple blocks off campus, where kids are always being caught for, or hassled about marijuana, while people are being robbed, mugged while walking home from the library at 2:00am from studying all night, or shootings in the area. My neighbor was shot 5 times in the chest last semester, over a robbery. People WILL NEVER STOP PARTAKING IN IT, bottom line. Also, how much of crimes in America are tied to drug deals, ending with extremities such as death or robbery? I don;t know the statistical facts, but I would go with, a lot. If it were legal, think of how problems that lead to this would be squashed from the beginning? Probably a larger percent. Finally, as distasteful as this may sound to anti-legal cannabis activists or people against legalization, OUR ECONOMY SUCKS. You want a great way to dig ourselves out of the hole were in? Legalize it and tax the hell out of it, or somehow tie it into and economical advantage to help our country in need. Im sure it will greatly help, and put an end to people being ask to go to PRISON JUST TO STAY ALIVE. Lets use this to our advantage, because whether people like or not, IT WILL BE ON OUR PLANET UNTIL THE EARTH STANDS STILL, and will be used the same way, for the same reason.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:44 am ET

The names of the journals they are published in as well as the the volume and page numbers (know as a citation) is listed on all. It appears at the end of the entry:
Ligresti A et al (2003). Possible endocannabinoid control of colorectal cancer growth. Gastroenterology. 125(3):677-87

This article on colorectal cancer growth appeared in Vol 125, issue 3 on pages 677 thru 687 of Gastroenterology.


Illegalsmile   March 14th, 2009 4:47 am ET

Peer review (also known as refereeing) is the process of subjecting an author's scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field. Peer review requires a community of experts in a given (and often narrowly defined) field, who are qualified and able to perform impartial review.


Armin Peterson   March 14th, 2009 5:25 am ET

I really dug the Ron Paul segment. CNN needs more Ron Paul.


ladonna   March 14th, 2009 5:31 am ET

thank you Jimmy!!!! I finally love this time slot. you and amanda peet were SO funny !! I've replayed it 3 times to share..and it's a total hit! enjoyed every night. It's like jimmy and jimmy now lol


Cedric Blaylock   March 14th, 2009 5:31 am ET

Jimmy its great to see you take over late night your the best choice by far. i cannot believe you have the greatest hip hop group ever as your band. that is the best move i have ever seen on ant talk show ever. keep at it


Gail Okash   March 14th, 2009 5:40 am ET

I watched Jimmy's show this week. He reminded me of Johnny Carson. Jimmy is very likeable. The question is he doing a good job? I'll be watching.


alanna   March 14th, 2009 5:41 am ET

Hey jimmy I love your show, its brought me back to late night tv, as a 35 year old female I was getting bored w/ others.plus the roots are killer(do they have a cd?)! Ok, but my question for you (and joy!) is, I have wanted to do stand-up since I was 18 but don't know where to start? You both are amazing comediens! Thanks, Alanna


Shannon   March 14th, 2009 5:43 am ET

Jimmy! What a breath of fresh air. Congratulations and I wish you continued success.


Michael   March 14th, 2009 5:44 am ET

Great Job!!!!!! Keep it up man.


420cowboy   March 14th, 2009 5:47 am ET

that would be funny if weed brought this countries economy back


Michael   March 14th, 2009 5:48 am ET

Jimmy's was great tonight with the animals. L0L.


kathleen kizer   March 14th, 2009 5:50 am ET

good show tonight, enjoyed it


NoharmNofoul   March 14th, 2009 5:51 am ET

Wow. So much digression it's hard to believe that James and 'smile aren't currently high. James, you still fail to explain what about marijuana is so dangerous? Or, at the very lest, more dangerous than alcohol. The only thing that bothers me is that alcohol, with no medicinal qualities, WAS re-legalized for the sole fact that prohibition was such a failure. Yet, just the concept of re-legalizing (or decriminalizing) marijuana is seen as ridiculous, an effort by "stoners just wanting to get high". 'smile's points are that there have been studies that hint towards serious medical benefits. But without some action on a federal level these studies, James, are simply "anecdotal".

The fact that marijuana is a Schedule I drug federally (NO. Medicinal. Qualities.) but many states (ever-increasing) legalize the medical use is just silly. At very least it deserves rescheduling. There are a select few in this country that believe that the government is infallible. Until the government admits that they may have been a little hasty in their accusations towards marijuana, that the arguments against it are largely hypothetical, that MUCH research is needed, people will still refuse to think for themselves.

James, I'm no Government Official – so I don't assume you'll listen to what I'm saying. But I would love for you to comment on the things the people who have tried to spark intellectual conversations with you are saying. Not just "I'm right, you're wrong".


N Wells   March 14th, 2009 5:52 am ET

Jimmy,

By last evenings episode I had the same grin I got when the announcer used to intorduce Conan. The I'm-looking-forward-to-this-grin.

You're on the up and FINALLY looking like you are enjoying yourself. Look at it this way, you can be paid to work or paid to have fun. Your choice.

Have fun,
From a new fan located in the most isolated city in the world.
Nicholas, Perth


Ricky Butler   March 14th, 2009 5:56 am ET

Lets just put it this way, people that don't do drugs have to face the fact that the war on drugs will never be won. There is to many people that use it for what ever purpose. So far the best industry is that of marijuana.


ex smoker   March 14th, 2009 5:59 am ET

Steven making bad movies should be illegal


ex smoker   March 14th, 2009 6:00 am ET

Steven making bad movies should be illegal


Michael   March 14th, 2009 6:00 am ET

it's not a gateway that's BS! if you wana blame a drug as a gateway then try alchohol or perscription drugs. under federal law marijuana is considered a worse drug than crack cocain pffft


Tomek. Warsaw   March 14th, 2009 6:14 am ET

Baldwin's gateway drug argument was nicely refuted by Ron Paul. Nobody talks about cigarettes as a gateway drug. But there's more to that. The question is how many of those drug addicts for whom marijuana allegedly was a gateway drug still smoke cigarettes and how many still smoke pot? I haven't met a single drug addict who wouldn't smoke cigarettes. Few smoked pot as well (I'm talking about heroin users). Even if they had started experimenting with pot (it's worth asking why they did in the first place), they quickly switched to heroin or alcohol because pot was simply not ENOUGH for them, it didn't give them the kicks. In some ways heroin and alcohol are akin. They give similar effects and may lead addiction (it's much faster with heroin). This is not the case with marijuana.
I believe marijuana should be legalized for adults over 21. It should be illegal for minors, just like alcohol and cigarettes are. DUI should be (and actually already is) penalized.
And one more thing about Mr. Baldwin's comment. He said his position was 'faith-based". What does the whole issue have to do with faith?


Mindy   March 14th, 2009 9:48 am ET

Dr. Kris is creepy. She appeared on E. T. several times after Anna died, under contract, and was paid. How many "personal physicans" would sign a contract with a show for pay to talk about their patients. She also claimed to be Anna's "best friend". Of course, the drug pusher is always the best friend. Howard is just as gulty, the entire timeline of what happened makes so sense whatsoever. I always thought it appalling that the three of them walked away from this. It's too bad the system in the Bahamas is so screwed up too, because Howard probably contributed to Daniel's death too. Where did the methedone come from that was in his system... It is a crime to dispense drugs like this, and when someone dies, the person(s) who were responsible need to be held accountable. I just read an excellent book by Cyril Wecht which discusses these cases.


Julian   March 14th, 2009 11:27 am ET

Its about time we legalized marijuana. Not only is it a safer drug than alcohol and cigarettes, it provides the benefits of paper and oil. We also need to be putting our police resources on more useful projects like capturing murderers, disabling gangs, and arresting the madoffs of the world. Marijuana users should no longer be thrown in jail to take up more space in our overcrowded judicial system. It's simple, legalize it, tax it, and save the money you're spending on a losing marijuana battle.


rudeboyzinternational   March 14th, 2009 11:44 am ET

i think the legalization of will be part of America's new green jobs. Yes it has it plus and negatives and we can blog all day about them, but America is making big changes now for the better. Many policy we have seen that didn't work we are changing for the better. This is one worth changing.


Randy   March 14th, 2009 11:50 am ET

ha Ha Baldwin barely got any air time, but it doesn't look like he cared, lol. He looked like an idiot giving the same bullcrap, gateway drug, it's bad, ect. Ron Paul is right about the whole thing. We are litterally telling people that they can't do something personally. It would be like outlawing driving because so many people die in car accidents each year. Or outlawing Big Macs because they can cause a fatty liver and other health problems if eaten everyday. I mean really, wake up america. Drugs are not going away, whether legal or not and they are easier for kids obtain too. So how about this, What about the kids? Yeah what about the kids. If we really cared about the kids of this country we would legalize and regulate. Of course lets not forget you can't overdose on marijuana. So what's the problem? Who cares if your neighbor comes home, smokes a joint, eats some twinkies and goes to bed.


boodro   March 14th, 2009 12:29 pm ET

hey james before you go telling people to move out the u.s why dont you move because my ancesters were smoking marijuana here before your ancesters got here and gave them alcohol and they gave yall some land native americans are living proof that alcohol is bad not marijuana so LEGALIZE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jeanne   March 14th, 2009 1:16 pm ET

I think it's horrible injustice that Howard K. Stern is being prosecuted when it's the doctors and big pharma that caused Anna's death. This isn't the first time that a person has died from mixing prescription drugs. Doctors hand out these addictive damaging drugs like candy. They are not "medication", they are narcotics and very easy to get addicted to. I'm sure Anna probably had no idea she was addicted to so many benzodiazepines. These are very difficult drugs to get off of, and people are not informed about the risks of these drugs when they are prescribed. These are the kind of drugs that the more you take, the more you have to take. The doctors and pharmaceutical companies should be in prison, not Howard K. Stern.


BRYAN   March 14th, 2009 2:07 pm ET

this in reference to blogger "randy" . saying that if you couldnt get it you wouldnt smoke, it is illegal now and it is still available and easily accessible, so keeping it illegal is not going to help you. the weed is not your problem. you sound like you need to be on medication for depression.


Scott   March 14th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

Actor Steven Baldwin is such a tool he made no sence last night during his debate with Ron paul on legalizing marijuana. It is time to end this war!!


Megan   March 14th, 2009 5:15 pm ET

Ron Paul ought to be ashamed of himself! How dare he talk about drugs in shuch a nonchalent manner! My parents were both drug addicts! I still suffer from the emotional damage their drug use caused and still causes! I can never forgive them for what happened, for what they chose to do! It would have been better if my parents stayed in prison for the rest of their lives. To even bring finances into this is just disgraceful! You people have all forgotten the most important thing...the children. You all should be ashamed of yourselves!


Elle Bennett   March 14th, 2009 7:57 pm ET

I really enjoy Jimmy Fallon. I have the taping capabilities that comes from the cable company. I watch Late Night on Saturday or when i first get home from work. Good luck Jimmy!


SUNAJ MERSIM   March 14th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

i got my story with my x ,when she have threw me a bottle of a milk,and i did not touch her at all and after that in the richmond county,family court she got on attorney ,saying i try it to punch her.so my questions its did you guys have to believe allways to female s story s.


Jedi Rock   March 15th, 2009 2:30 am ET

What's it to you if I want to smoke a J? have a drink, or a cup of coffee, or a cigarette. That's not where we want our precious tax dollars diverted, uh?

Change is here...

And it grows!


1ST. JOHN   March 15th, 2009 11:32 am ET

ARE THERE ANY GOOD NEWS FOR ANY OTHER RACE OF PEOPLE
WHY ARE YOU SO PREJUDICE IN YOUR REPORTING?
WHY DON'T WE HAVE MORE MIXED PROSPECTIVE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY, AND ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT?
WHY IS MOST OF THE NEWS STILL WHITE?
IS THERE ONLY A FEW BLACKS FIGHTING THIS WAR?
WHY IS THE NEWS MEDIA SO ONE SIDED IN REPORTING WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD?
WHY DO YOU REPORT RUSH-L AND YOU KNOW THAT HE IS THE SECRET COMBINATION FOR THOSE THAT ARE STILL RACIST?
AND WHO DO YOU THINK THAT HE IS TO CALL FOR A DEBATE WITH THE PRESIDENT
I WISH THERE WERE MORE JACK C -KEITH O'S.
REPOTERS , WHY DO YOU HIDE? WHY IS YOUR WEAKNESS TELLING YOU WHERE TO ABIDE IN WHAT TO REPORT.
WAKE UP, WAKE UP YOU SLEEPY HEADS ; GET UP GET UP GET OUT OF BED AND RE-PORT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'S NEWS FAIRLY.–IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO CHANGE YOUR SECRET WAYS . WE THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AWAKE FOR YEARS, LOOKING FOR YOU TO CHANGE YOUR EVIL WAYS

PASS THIS ON TO LOU D.WOLF B.ANDERSON C.AND MRS.NO BIAS
AND ALL OF YOU STAFF YOU HAVE BEEN GONE TO LONG, NOW COME ON AND BRING IT ON HOME. THE CHANGE HAS COME

BE FOR REAL RUSH L. SHOULD BE BAN FROM THE NEWS MEDIA'S
REPORTING--


jodie   March 17th, 2009 7:01 pm ET

@james in idaho

im very sorry you feel the way you do. and also that you have no apparent life because you keep blogging on here attacking people for their opinions. thats what these statements are, opinions. and if you could do me a favor and possibly study the traits of thc, hemp and marijuana altogether, then i think you'd be very suprised at all sorts of interesting things you can find. i agree that marijuana doesnt cure cancer or asthma. but why do you think that they have medical marijuana james? because it helps lessen the pain of chemo, helps with the nausea among other things. im not saying that marijuana is for everyone, just like alcohol isnt for everyone. you'll always have people who shouldnt be trying anything of that nature. but i think that it will benefit this country in more ways than imagined if legalized, regulated and taxed(as much as i hate the idea of the government taxing it). oh and please james, dont call me ignorant. as you dont know me, you have no idea of my intelligence although from reading all your blogs, i have a higher understanding of yours... or lack there of.

🙂 legalization!


ML. Berry   March 18th, 2009 3:35 pm ET

@Megan,

You have it wrong...its you that should be ashamed of YOURSELF! Ron Paul makes A LOT OF SINCE. Its because of the Illegalization of some drugs that they cannot be regulated. Instead it is easier for a "CHILD" to get a hold of drugs such as Meth, Marijuana, Cocaine, Herion, as to buy a pack of cigarettes and alcohol in a store...because cigarettes and alcohol are regulated and sold on an open market instead of a black market! Regulate and put all drugs on an open market...USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! Thus there is FREEDOM...and you eliminate the drug czar's...who WILL sale CRACK TO KIDS... and you eliminate the home making of deadly drugs such as METH...made by some drug dealer hopped up on the stuff making the stuff in the back of his chevette...or at a camp site and pours the residue out upon the ground to contaminate our lands. Then he turns around sells to a teenager who uses the stuff for the first time and because its a bad batch the concoction eats up his esophagus and he dies...because all his friends were too scared to call 911 for possible criminalization penalties they would have to concur....If you REALLY CARE about CHILDREN....then you would LEGALIZE ALL DRUGS, REGULATE AND EDUCATE!!!

1. addictions are a medical condition not a criminal condition!
2. Its not the Governments job to protect us from ourselves But to warn and to oversee that products we consume come with warning lables.
3. and a person only gets help for their addictions if they want it!


ML. Berry   March 19th, 2009 9:23 am ET

one other thing to Megan,

You fail to see that illegalization and the black market allowed your parents to be hidden from the publics eyeview. If all drugs were legal without a harsh penality of the user or users ...children in the home of harsh drug abusers ...could be helped.... because their parents would no longer feel the need to hide and do hard drugs behind closed doors....WAKE UP....legalize ALL DRUGS...and the harsher drugs distribute those freely at health clinics where the abuser can recieve help....and their children are helped also...


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