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Tony Bennett

Drugs Should Be Legal After

Whitney, Michael & Amy's Deaths

2/12/2012 6:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Speaking just hours after the passing of Whitney Houston, legendary singer Tony Bennett said he feels with the rash of celebrity deaths recently ... it's time to legalize drugs. 

Bennett performed at the Beverly Hilton last night Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party, in an evening dedicated to Houston. Bennett told the crowd, "First it was Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, now the magnificent Whitney Houston. Let's legalize drugs, like Amsterdam, it's a very sane city now."

Davis, Houston's mentor and producer, remembered her by saying, "Whitney was a beautiful person and she had a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage ... so many times. So simply put: Whitney would have wanted the music to go on."

Jennifer Hudson is scheduled to perform a tribute in Houston's honor at tonight's Grammy Awards.

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DJS    

.....and this a$$ is still alive to make his idiotic comments.

982 days ago
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Xana    

This is tactless. And for one reason only. Nobody knows if it was 'illegal' drugs that killed Whitney Houston. For all we know, it was the prescription drugs mixed with alcohol.

982 days ago
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blueflameford    

Such poor taste. He should wait until the cause of death is confirmed before he starts blabbing about drugs. She just passed.

982 days ago
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Ror    

Tony needs to keep his old ass mouth closed except for when singing. Umm...what did Amy Winehouse die of?!? Oh yeah.....booze....it's legal Tony. Google it. What difference does it make if it's legal or not?!?! People ABUSING them is the problem!!!!

Moron..

982 days ago
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R.Clueless    

Maybe he meant weed, I dunno. Alcohol kills more people and its still legal.

982 days ago
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lanie    

I agree with him. I guarantee if people could freely use drugs, then they wouldn't "want" them anymore. Some drugs are far too dangerous to ever legalize, like meth.. but marijuana and some milder drugs should be legalized.

982 days ago
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Kari    

I guess he just proved how a damaged brain thinks.

982 days ago
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Spencer B in MD    

Tony Bennett is an a-hole. His comments on how America caused 9-11 will stay with me forever. I will never support Tony Bennett and his Anti-America sentiment.
Tony - just OD already.

982 days ago
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ray    

tony is absolutely right. If legalized crime would go down drastically, taxes would increase sustantially. We have proved more than once that prohibition DOES NOT WORK. it cuases the crime rate to skyrocket. how many people are killed every year in drug deals, how many robberys to get money to buy drugs. legalize, regulate, and tax the hell out of it.

982 days ago
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OB1    

they were legal drugs you dumb old fart

982 days ago
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MJC2585    

He just wants to be able to get more Viagra without needing a prescription for it.

982 days ago
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Mizzy    

What an absolute moron. Both Michael and Whitney died from legal prescription drugs. This *******s just jumping on the band wagon because he probably just wants to get his own drugs easier. How about we just start putting more effort into stop the commonality of drug using especially within the media and entertainment business. What a ****ing *******, because I'm sure the world would be such a better place with crack and heroin legalized.

982 days ago
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Phreaky    

Except Amy Winehouse died from alcohol, and Michael died from a drug only used in surgeries. Legalizing drugs would have changed neither.
Stop taking her death as an opportunity to push your own views on drugs!

982 days ago
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jujubee    

what a dumb thing to say considering all three of these celebrities didn't die based on their addiction to illegal drugs
mj-propofol
amy-alcohol
whitney-xanax and alcohol (as far as they know)
stupid stupid man...

982 days ago
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Susan    

Tony B. repeatedly sticks his foot in his mouth more than ever. Legalize drugs, Amsterdam is a city with it's act together.....really? NOT! People these days have very little will to take personal responsibility. That is the reason for most problems. Whitney was one of the most talented singers ever. With that came gift came personal responsibility to protect and nurture it. With it came personal responsiblity to value it and the gifts that it brought to her life. Daily life for ALL of us is filled with much personal responsibility regardless of our talents. Our life is our own responsibility and no one else's. If you choose to abuse it, wallow in self indulgence and feel victimized regardless of your lot in life, or worse yet ENTITLED to everything you will lose and those around you will also lose their loved one.

982 days ago
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