Making pot legal – that’s what Proposition 19 in California would allow if the measure passes. It’s a hot button issue facing many citizens of the state and FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly touched on the proposition when John Stossel (FOX Business Anchor) appeared as a guest on his show Tuesday night. Stossel is for legalizing marijuana and argued points with O’Reilly, but there was one he wasn’t aware of when O’Reilly argued against it.
To begin with, Bill O’Reilly read numbers from the USC/Los Angeles Times Poll taken on Oct. 13. The poll on Proposition 19 was out of 441 likely voters. Of those voters, 51 percent were against the measure and 39 percent for seeing it pass.
In addition Bill O’Reilly read stats from the CASA (Communities Against Substance Abuse) regarding statistics about marijuana and the potential harm measure 19 would cause.
CASA’s statistics revealed that 1 in 6 people who use marijuana become addicted and 25 to 50 percent of those use pot daily. More than 200,000 high school seniors use pot on a daily basis.
John Stossel argues Proposition 19 would benefit the state of California because he believes crime is caused by the law prohibiting the sale, production and use of marijuana. He added the measure would prevent doors being knocked down by law enforcement over marijuana possession. O’Reilly said that point is valid mostly with dealers and this was about ordinary users of marijuana if it’s made legal and that crime isn’t the main issue with pot.
O’Reilly disputed that only 1 percent of those incarcerated in the U.S. are in on marijuana possession. That hardly seems like a determining factor in voting Prop. 19 in.
Here’s a valid question O’Reilly asked John Stossel in their debate:
If marijuana was legalized in California, does he think that would add money to the state treasury? Stossel said “some,” but it shouldn’t be the reason.
Of course O’Reilly had an answer to that. He stated the rehab cost for addicts who can’t afford treatment is $9 for every $1 collected in taxes. He further added that pot is the second most addictive substance besides alcohol. That stat means it would costs the state of California nine times more if Proposition 19 passes. John Stossel wasn’t aware of that fact.
What do you think of these points in the debate? Would it be worth seeing Proposition 19 pass next Tuesday in California?
Source: “The O’Reilly Factor” Oct. 27, 2010 edition