Tony Bennett Calls For Legalization Of Drugs In Wake Of Whitney Houston’s Death

In a speech at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys gala turned Whitney Houston memorial Saturday night (Feb. 11) singer Tony Bennett called for the legalization of drugs, “like they did in Amsterdam,” news outlets have reported. The official cause of Whitney Houston’s death has yet to be released, but sources claim Houston died from a combination of Xanax, other prescription drugs and alcohol. Earlier it had been suggested the singer drowned in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Bennett recently mourned the substance-related death of Amy Winehouse, his collaborator on the Grammy-nominated duet “Body And Soul”.

Bennett knows firsthand the dangers of addiction. In 1979 the future American vocal icon suffered a near-fatal cocaine overdose at a low point in his career. As he told Piers Morgan in the interview below, which originally aired last October, “I was sinning against the gift that was given to me by nature.”

Following Bennet’s remarks at the Grammy event, Diddy took the stage and urged attendees to their feet, saying, “Tony motherf***in’ Bennett. Get up out ya seats!”

  • Al Sesona

    Now 85 and a jazz fan from way way back, the sad tales of music notables, their amazing skills and irreplacable contributions to the world of entertainment never quit ringing in my skull which began in a special way, when in 1959 I began contributing the engineering talent that brought the Al Cass diubling mouthpiece into existence and refined the standard brass instrument mouthpiece to a higher degree of excellence. My visits to the Apple, concerts and jazz joints everywhere, brought me close to many “GREATS” behind the scenes. Drugs, pills and booze were commonly abused, by and including yours truly. I wholeheartedly agree with Tony. This denial and continued idiotic foolish destructive classification of drugs “MUST STOP” if we are to save music genius, our kids and grand kids from the premature destruction of mind, body and spirit.

  • Sandy

    Lets not forget about her singing the National Anthem, It should be on that list. No one ever sang it with such grace and class. She will be missed, but her voice and song will live on forever for all to enjoy. Please sing Whitney for my parents, they would love that. God Bless her and may Bobbi Kristina find peace somehow in al this, and remember her Mom with style and grace, that is what her Mom would want and for her to grow up with grace.

  • Sandy

    Al I hear you, but like guns and illegal items, you can legalize it, but they will still get their hands on it. It is like a security car alarm, you buy the best they won’t steal it, yes they will if they want it bad enough. It won’t stop it, it just won’t sad to say. The person who is dealing the stuff or handing the stuff to her or anyone, and we don’t know yet, is the one who is the problem. Sad as it is to say, Whitney won’t be the last, and I wish I didn’t have to say that, but we all know.

  • Malcolm Kyle

    * Colombia, Peru, Mexico or Afghanistan with their coca leaves, marijuana buds or poppy sap are not igniting temptation in the minds of our weak, innocent citizens. These countries are duly responding to the enormous demand that comes from within our own borders. Invading or destroying these countries, thus creating more hate, violence, instability, injustice and corruption, will not fix our problem.

    * A rather large majority of people will always feel the need to use drugs such as heroin, opium, nicotine, amphetamines, alcohol, sugar, or caffeine.

    * The massive majority of adults who use drugs do so recreationally – getting high at the weekend then up for work on a Monday morning.

    * Apart from the huge percentage of people addicted to both sugar and caffeine, a small minority of adults (nearly 5%) will always experience the use of drugs as problematic. – approx. 3% are dependent on alcohol and approx. 1.5% are dependent on other drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroine etc.

    * Just as it was impossible to prevent alcohol from being produced and used in the U.S. in the 1920s, so too, it is equally impossible to prevent any of the aforementioned drugs from being produced, distributed and widely used by those who desire to do so.

    * Prohibition kills more people and ruins more lives than the drugs it prohibits.

    * Prescription drugs kill over 200,000 Americans every year– even when taken as directed and not abused.

    * Due to Prohibition (historically proven to be an utter failure at every level), the availability of most of these mood-altering drugs has become so universal and unfettered that in any city of the civilized world, any one of us would be able to procure practically any drug we wish within an hour.

    * Throughout history, the prohibition of any mind-altering substance has always exploded usage rates, overcrowded jails, fueled organized crime, created rampant corruption of law-enforcement – even whole governments, while inducing an incalculable amount of suffering and death.

    * Apart from the fact that the DEA is the de facto enforcement wing of the pharmaceutical industry, the involvement of the CIA in running Heroin from Vietnam, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan and Cocaine from Central America has been well documented by the 1989 Kerry Committee report, academic researchers Alfred McCoy and Peter Dale Scott, and the late journalist Gary Webb.

    * It’s not even possible to keep drugs out of prisons, but prohibitionists wish to waste trillions of dollars in an utterly futile attempt to keep them off our streets.

    * The United States jails a larger percentage of it’s own citizens than any other country in the world, including those run by the worst totalitarian regimes, yet it has far higher use/addiction rates than most other countries.

    * Prohibition is the “Goose that laid the golden egg” and the lifeblood of terrorists as well as drug cartels. Both the Taliban and the terrorists of al Qaeda derive their main income from the prohibition-inflated value of the opium poppy. An estimated 44 % of the heroin produced in Afghanistan, with an estimated annual destination value of US $ 27 Billion, transits through Pakistan. Prohibition has essentially destroyed Pakistan’s legal economy and social fabric. – We may be about to witness the planet’s first civil war in a nation with nuclear capabilities. – Kindly Google: ‘A GLOBAL OVERVIEW OF NARCOTICS-FUNDED TERRORIST GROUPS’ Only those opposed, or willing to ignore these facts, want things the way they are.

    * The future depends on whether or not enough of us are willing to take a long look at the tragic results of prohibition. If we continue to skirt the primary issue while refusing to address the root problem then we can expect no other result than a worsening of the current dire situation. – Good intentions, wishful thinking and pseudoscience are no match for the immutable realities of human nature.

    Never have so many been endangered and impoverished by so few so quickly!

    * The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) American editor, essayist and philologist.