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Tony Bennett Calls For Legalization Of Drugs Just Hours After Whitney Died

| Filed under: DrugsAmy WinehouseMichael JacksonWhitney Houston

Wait, what?

Did we hear that right?

During his performance at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party, Tony Bennett made an interesting comment to party-goers just hours after Whitney Houston died.

He told the crowd:

"First it was Michael Jackson, then there was Amy Winehouse, and now the magnificent Whitney Houston.

I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room commit themselves to get on government to legalize drugs. Let's legalize drugs like they did in Amsterdam. No one's hiding or sneaking around corners to get it. They go to a doctor to get it, [not] gangsters that just sell it under the table."

Is he talking about ALL drugs here? Just pot? What does he mean?!?

Not sure if this was the most appropriate comment to make, but it is coming from Tony so can we expect anything else??

Check out his speech above.

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22 comments to “Tony Bennett Calls For Legalization Of Drugs Just Hours After Whitney Died”

  1. 1

    Why would legalization help at all? These people who OD aren't doing it because it's naughty - they're doing it because they are hot chemical messes. Michael Jackson died because he was using surgery-grade anaethesia to get to sleep, in addition to a bathroom cabinet full of prescriptions. Legalizing drugs won't make a dent in cases like these - stars live in open defiance of rules and common sense, as we always see. Making it legal for them to self-medicate won't help.

  2. 2

    Of course it's appropriate, you dipshit; it's exactly in context of recent events. A healthy 48-year-old woman doesn't just die, Mario. I'd be damned shocked to learn that drugs were NOT related to her death, and anyone who says otherwise is a mealy-mouthed ass.
    Re: smooshie888 – Those who want it are going to get it anyhow, whether it's a prescription drug or a narcotic. Regulate the stuff, tax it, and put it out there. Doing so isn't going to make anyone do drugs, but for those who will, regulating it and imposing minimum quality standards will at least help get the toxic crap made in home labs off the street.

  3. 3

    Actually Perez…

    The "war on drugs" is a losing battle and has put tens-of-millions of non-violent Americans in prison giving America the highest prison population in the world. Doesn't sound like the land of the free afer-all, does it?.

    Legalizing drugs will make drugs LOSE their street value thus ENDING the stealing and killing that drug dealers cause. We need to work to help those that are addicted to drugs (and I'm talking about prescription drugs, because they kill more people than anything else), not spending energy or money on judging them, nor throw them behind bars!
    The losing drug-war has cost taxpayers billions while lining the pockets of government backed cartels! Look it up!

    "You want to get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let's just get rid of all the drug laws." - RonPaul

  4. 4

    Decriminalizing drugs makes more sense than legalizing them.
    Here they just take your weed away and shake their finger at you. Then you go buy more and are on your way!
    Srsly tho, don't get mad at the DRUGS, objects that cannot act on their own. It's the people who are doing the drugs, incorrectly of course, and are dying from them.
    We're all sad that people die from overdoses, but it's their own damn fault for being so stupid in the first place.

  5. 5

    The war on drugs isn't even logical..I can understand things like meth..But pot? It's not logical nor rational. What makes it even worse is the amount of time, effort and money is put into the war on weed.

    It's not about protecting Americans from a dangerous substance. It's about greed. Simple as that.

  6. 6

    Tony is absolutely right. murder, crimes against people and property would reduce drastically. more than 50% of all murders are drug related, and who knows how many robberys, burgularly, are simply for money to buy drugs. besides if people want to use they will legal or otherwise, and if they overdose so be it. legalize, regulate, tax the hell out of it. legalizing just pot and coke saves the entire country of mexico. we have proven how well prohibition works in the US.

  7. 7

    Re: Leonardo – YES, well said

  8. 8

    What an ass! Yeah I live in Amsterdam and yeah SOFT drugs are legal here but that's only grass/weed and hash. So MDMA (or XTC), LSD, Coke, Speed, heroine, chrystal meth etc is also ILLEGAL in The Netherlands. And don't tell me that Miss Houston or the lovely Amy Winehouse were high on Weed or Hash.

    So dear Tony, please stop talking! Your friends were taking all substance that are illegal for a very good reason!!!

  9. 9

    Wait, he means legalize ALL drugs, even medical prescriptions, not just marijuana? That's just stupid. Then not just famous people would die this way. Michael died not because he made himself an addict, but because he became addicted to painkillers from all his physical problems. Let's face it, Whitney and Amy did it to themselves, consuming coke and other drugs.

  10. 10

    TB has become so senile, needs to be shipped off to Shady Pines
    Whitney, Michael, or Amy all got drugs from doctors, their drugs were LEGAL

    Months ago he made insane remarks on Howard Stern about 9/11 than quickly backtracked
    This guy just does not have it together, he is as bad as Biden

  11. buck says – reply to this


    Yahoo!!! Lets give many, many more of our kids an opportunity to waste their lives by getting addicted to drug. We can have a bunch of strung out losers walking our streets, over dosing on street corners…and all is legal!!

  12. 12

    I think he's just old and senile. Michael died from a legal prescription drug. Amy more than likely died from a combination of drinking and using a legal prescription drug. It's looking like Whitney may have died by using a legal prescription drug or a combination of legal prescription drugs and alcohol. People abuse LEGAL drugs, so legalizing illegal drugs isn't going to help things like this one bit.

  13. 13

    I say go even FURTHER than what Portugal did and not just decriminalize it, but legalize it. Rehab, not prison.

  14. 14

    For fuck's sake; do you ever read anything besides celebrity gossip? Tony is in fact correct. Studies have shown that decriminalizing or legalizing ALL drugs, not just pot, actually reduces the rate of drug addiction. There are countries in Europe who have experimented with this and have achieved overwhelming success rates. Also should people are caught dealing or consuming certain narcotics, they are put into rehab for treatment, not prison. The rate of addiction in these countries have drastically decreased and tax dollars are going towards treating the addict's disease instead of harboring them in prison with no treatment only to find themselves back on the streets and back into drugs.

  15. 15

    Re: smooshie888 – That's exactly what I was about to comment, and you said it first. So true…what in the world is Tony talking about here? Is he losing it?

  16. 16

    does he even kow where he is at this senile stage of life?

    just humor him and make sure he's wearing a diaper and a bib for when he leaks and dribbles!

  17. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: divabunny – Study Portugal's numbers after the fact.

  18. 18

    Legalize drugs???? Really???? Both Jackson and Houston had drug addictions and Tony Bennett is asking for drugs like crack cocaine, special k and heroin to be legally available to addicts……Why not go a step further and have drug dealers also handle funerals, that way it would become a one stop shopping experience…..Buy the substance that kills you with a matching coffin!!!!!

  19. 19

    Re: La Garse – You fucking moron. The drugs she and other celebrities took were legal drugs prescribed by idiot doctors. Tony Bennett was just shooting off his mouth coming from a "liberal" perspective — one that is not based on reality but rather emotion. What an old fool he is.

  20. 20

    Re: MarcTennisNJ – Right on with that perspective.

  21. 21

    There are more and more voices of reason on this issue every day. People are starting to understand that the drug war is killing people. The question is not whether drugs are bad. The question is whether our society would be better off if the drug war ended. Not only would addicts like Whitney Houston have better avenues to seek and receive help to get off drugs, but all the violence associated with the manufacture, transportation and sale of drugs would immediately end as it did with alcohol. Focusing our law enforcement efforts on real bad guys who commit crimes against others makes more sense that trying to save people from themselves by locking them in cages. The drug war has been a complete and total failure by any measure; it is long past time to end it and pursue a policy of freedom and responsibility.

  22. 22

    Tony my man!