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FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

As drugs and related violence from Mexico continue to infect 230 cities in the United States, some politicians, economists, and even drug law enforcement leaders say legalizing drugs may be the answer.

One Texas city councilman tells CNN “it’s the least worst option to ending cartel violence.” He says decriminalizing drugs would take away a lot of the financial incentive for the cartels to kill. Arizona’s Attorney General says 60 percent of the battle is marijuana — and he’s called for “at least a rational discussion” on ways to take the profit out of weed.

Some insist legalizing drugs like pot would help our economy. One California congresswoman says it would pump $1 billion into her state’s budget alone every year. A senior economics lecturer at Harvard says federal, state and local governments spend $44 billion a year to enforce drug prohibition. If drugs were legal, they could be making about $33 billion per year in tax revenue.

Jeffrey Miron describes how prohibition creates violence because it drives the drug market underground. He says the same was true with alcohol; and is also the case for illegal gambling or prostitution. He says prohibition of drugs also corrupts politicians and law enforcement, which is why bribery, threats and kidnapping are common for industries that are prohibited; but rare in other cases.

But critics say the consequences of legalizing drugs would far outweigh the benefits. Some focus on the moral and health related concerns about drug use. One former special agent for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration told CNN “No way. We would lose a generation.” Some wonder if drug use itself can cause violent behavior; and others aren’t sure if decriminalization would make much of a difference in the Mexican drug war. However, the country has managed to survive the repeal of Prohibition almost 80 years ago.

Here’s my question to you: Is it time for the U.S. to legalize drugs?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kevin from the Netherlands writes:
Let American politicians ask us here in the Netherlands how we are successfully dealing with the drug problem. Most of the junkies here are foreigners who are not free to smoke weed in their countries. Check the crime statistics in America and the Netherlands, then I’ll leave the answer to you.

C. from Tampa, Florida writes:
We seem to be running out of ideas on how to make money. Legalizing and taxing the hell out of some softer drugs like marijuana could bring us considerable amounts of money.

Danny from Williamsburg, Kentucky writes:
Absolutely not. You don’t legalize murder or rape because they keep happening, nor should you legalize drugs. Drugs put us all in danger, not just from the violence that surrounds them, but because of their adverse effects on society. Do not trade one evil for another.

Jacob writes:
Only somebody who’s high could think that fighting this “war” has been effective. I don’t do drugs, and I don’t support doing so, but we’ve got to realize that everything isn’t in our control. For now, we’re only burning dollars.

Mark from Columbus, Ohio writes:
Jack, It seems like more and more people are calling for this rational discussion, so why is Obama laughing off the question like it’s some sort of joke? There have been many studies showing broad potential savings from a legal Cannibus plant and also broad potential earnings, including from taxes, industrial, textile, and biofuel resources. Maybe if Obama would sit down and “relax” for a few minutes, someone could explain to him some of the benefits that aren’t necessarily recreational.

Bill writes:
I don’t agree with the legalization of drugs. I do agree with the legalization of marijuana.

Dean from Modesto, California writes:
You are on the right track, Jack. We have to keep in mind that the “demonization” of drugs came from the federal government’s “easy” solution to something that they didn’t want to bother on figuring out how to tax.

R. writes:
If Palin becomes president, yes.


(SOURCE: CNN's Jack Cafferty Blog)

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Last week we posted a thorough list of the most successful potheads on the planet, shattering the myth that smoking marijuana dooms you to a life of failure and worthlessness. While we were all very proud of the list, there was one glaring problem with it: there were no chicks on the list! Can you believe it? How did we make a list of stoners and not include a single female? As any avid pothead knows, girls love to get high just as much as guys. And so to right our wrong, we’ve made a list for the ladies. Here in all their glory are the seven sexiest stoners on the planet.

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Anna Faris

Anna has come a long way since her Scary Movie days. Not only has she made the jump from being ‘cute as a button’ to ’smoking hot’, she’s also gone from casual smoker to full on pothead. Her turn as a stereotypical pothead in the stoner comedy Smiley Face was tellingly accurate, earning her the esteemed High Times Magazine Stonette of the Year award in 2007. Anna considers winning the award (which is a bong) to be the highlight of her career, and says that she uses it regularly to celebrate and enjoy herself at the same time.

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Charlize Theron

When Charlize first decided to become an actress, everybody said she’d never make it because — get this — she was too beautiful. Sound like those people underestimated the demographic known as ‘men’. Years later, Charlize is an Academy Award winning bombshell whose love of weed is hardly a secret. Her preferred method of intake is the ever-convenient apple pipe, which she has been photographed enjoying right in her own back yard.

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Lindsey Evans

You may have never heard of Lindsey before, but trust us, she has sacrificed more for her love of marijuana than most will in their lives. A true southern belle, she was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2008 after placing second in the 2007 contest. She wore her crown and sash with honor and respect until one day when her love of weed got the best of her. She and a few friends skipped the bill at a restaurant because of slow service, and Lindsey accidentally left her purse behind. In that purse? A big fat bag of weed! The Miss Teen Louisiana people didn’t appreciate the deviance, so they stripped her of her crown.


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Danneel Harris

Danneel is the only star of Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay willing to admit to regularly smoking pot. This admission earned her High Times Magazine’s coveted Stonette of the Year award in 2008. But really, when you’re this hot, you can pretty much admit you do anything and people will still like you.


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Kristen Stewart

The fierce star of Twilight, that vampire movie none of us saw, Kristen is new to Hollywood, but no stranger to marijuana. Since she came on the scene in 2008, she’s been photographed smoking a bowl in public and wearing a pot leaf bikini. While most starlets might be worried about their public image, Kristen obviously doesn’t give a f*ck what people think about her. She’s got that Twilight thing to fall back on, and she’ll smoke weed where she damn well pleases.


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Cameron Diaz

A lifelong pot smoker, not only does Cameron has talk openly about her love of weed, she also likes to keep very stoned company. Former boyfriend Justin Timberlake is a notorious pothead, and close friend Drew Barrymore has a well known love for the leaf. Cameron and Drew were even photographed getting high in their bikinis once.


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Minka Kelly

It’s no secret to the people in Austin, Texas that Minka Kelly smokes a ton of weed. The Friday Night Lights star hails from the hippie oasis, where shoes are always optional and joints are sparked publicly. While you won’t find any evidence of Minka’s stoner ways anywhere on the web, trust us, if you ever see her out in Austin, offer her a joint. You won’t regret it!

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TOP 10 MOST SUCCESSFUL POTHEADS

An unemployed porno addict, sitting in his parents’ basement, playing video games, eating Lucky Charms out of the box with one hand while he lazily scratches his balls with the other. A dread-lock having, patchouli oil smelling, tie-die wearing, Phish listening, hula-hoop twirling space cadet. A burger flipping, acne having, socially inept, friendless loser… These are the common stereotypes associated with the term ‘pothead’. In a recent piece we published on pot farms, a debate erupted in the comments section, with some arguing that if you smoke pot, you’ll be poor, gay, and “washing dishes until you’re dead.”

Where these stereotypes originated remains a mystery to us. In reality, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only have 42% of Americans admitted to trying pot, but pot smokers have gone on to become some of the most successful people in our society. We’re not talking about Willie Nelson and Snoop. These guys are on the Forbes 500, they’re leading the free world, and they prove that all existing pothead stereotypes are nothing more than myths.

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Sir Richard Branson

While the ‘Sir’ in front of this guy’s name puts him in some very elite company, it doesn’t automatically get him on this list. What does earn him a spot is the fact that he’s the 236th richest person in the world, founder of the Virgin empire, which encompasses everything from airlines to record stores to cell phones, and made his entire multi-billion dollar fortune from absolutely nothing. Not only does this man smoke weed, he gets high with his 21-year-old son. He has publicly stated that there’s nothing wrong with smoking pot, has petitioned for the legalization of pot, and even said that if it were legal, he’d sell it.

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Rick Steves

Your name doesn’t become synonymous with ‘European Travel’ by accident. You can’t just take a bong hit, lay back in your bean bag and toss off a few ‘graphs on how awesome the Louvre is. And yet here’s Rick Steves, author of 27 top selling European travel guides, host of his own TV show and radio show, and a very outspoken pothead. He’s a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and credits pot for turning him into a better travel writer by opening his mind to new things.

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Aaron Sorkin

In fairness to tokers around the world, Sorkin is a bit more of a ‘drug addict’ than he is ‘pothead’. He started dabbling with weed and coke back in the late ’80s, has been in and out of rehab numerous times, and was arrested for possession of marijuana, mushrooms and crack in 2001. So yeah, he loves to smoke weed… but he also loves to freebase. Not cool, Aaron! However, the man’s drug problems have done little to hinder his success in Hollywood. His work on The West Wing, both as writer and producer, earned him multiple Emmy Awards, and countless nominations for other awards.

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Michael Phelps

Mr. “Has More Olympic Gold Medals Than Anyone In History” made headlines this week when photos of him and a bong surfaced. Since the scandal, Phelps has given a few interviews decrying his “bad judgment,” promising it was a dumb mistake that never happened before and won’t happen again… but we know that’s bullsh*t. Phelps was hitting that bong like a pro, not daintily toking some little amateur joint. With this in mind, we’re going to go ahead and assume this wasn’t Phelps’s first time. It might be his last, but it definitely wasn’t his first. This means that you can become the most world class athlete of all time and be a pot smoker at the same time. Stereotype shattered.

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Barack Obama

Almost every American President before Barry, from Washington to Clinton to Bush, has had a pot addled past. Clinton purportedly tried and failed to smoke a joint, Bush was a boozer, but messed with coke and pot from time to time, Washington even grew marijuana on his farm. But as far as we know, none have admitted to smoking as much pot as Obama. He wrote extensively about his stoner past in his book Dreams of My Father, and in a 2007 interview stated “When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.” Anyone who wonders what kind of future a pothead can have should take a hard look at Barack Obama. Not only can you grow up to be ridiculously smart, you can grow up to be President.

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Michael Bloomberg

The Mayor of New York’s last name is associated with ‘business’ and ’success’, not ‘failure’ and ‘the munchies’. But if you’re one of those idiots who believes a pothead could never amount to anything, you’d have never guessed this was the way Bloomberg would turn out. Did he smoke pot when he was younger? In his own words “You bet I did. And I enjoyed it!”

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Ted Turner

Ted is a rare breed of billionaire — he comes off as completely absent minded, incapable of even putting on his own pants. Yet he is a mega-mogul. He single-handedly invented the 24-hour news cycle with CNN, was named Time’s Man of the Year in 1991, is the largest private land owner in America, and also owns a few other TV stations, and the Atlanta Braves. So… owning lots of stuff? Not what you’d expect from a guy who grew pot in his college dorm room. Ted is also a major funder of the Kentucky Hemp Museum, along with renowned stoner Woody Harelson, and is a well known fan of the classic stoner cartoon Scooby-Doo.

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Montel Williams

The talk show prince discovered pot late in life, and for good reason. Back in 1999 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and couldn’t find anything to suppress his symptoms. He tried all sorts of pain killers; none worked, and all had horrible side effects. So he decided to try medical marijuana (same thing as regular marijuana, FYI) and it worked wonders for him! Years later, he is one of MS’s most recognizable faces, one of medical marijuana’s staunchest defenders, and even though he’s baked all the time, still managed to host his own talk show until 2008, when it was unfortunately canceled. Well, at least he’s still got his weed.

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Stephen King

We haven’t included many creative types on this list, mostly because they’re all potheads. Every actor, musician and artist ever is a huge pothead. It’s a fact, don’t dispute us. But writing 1,000 page novels is a slightly different process. You can’t just ‘jam out’ The Stand. Over the course of his career, both his output and his success have been unparalleled. He’s authored upwards of 50 novels and short stories which have sold a collective 500 million copies worldwide. He’s also been one of the most vocal proponents for the legalization of marijuana, calling laws against the drug “ridiculous,” and stating that “I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry.” It makes perfect sense. You’d have to be stoned to come up with some of the sh*t this guy has.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Governator is the only man on this list who is actually on video smoking weed. In the classic documentary Pumping Iron, he is seen smoking, and loving, a joint. But hey man, that was the’70s, right? Things have chanced since then. Haven’t they? Well, Schwarzenegger hasn’t been puffing since his election to office, but he has presided over California’s recent medical marijuana renaissance. Now anyone who wants one can get a pot prescription in the state, which gives them legal access to some of the best weed in the country, and even allows them to grow plants in their own home. According to Arnold, marijuana “is not a drug, it’s a leaf.”

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Famous painting made on Hemp

The famous Dutch painters Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 – October 4, 1669) and Vincent Willem Van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) are both famous painters who are known to have done most of their painting on hemp based canvas.

Hemp canvas is especially well suited for oil paintings.

These self-portraits of the great masters are made on hemp

Rembrant van Rijn Hemp Canvas

Rembrant van Rijn Hemp Canvas

Vincent van Gogh Hemp Canvas

Vincent van Gogh Hemp Canvas

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