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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  44 responses

Phil Jackson on Prop. 19: Legislation ‘Poorly Written’

Jackson must’ve seen the writing on the wall for the ill-fated California law proposal. From the LA Times: “Regarding Prop. 19, which would legalize marijuana, Jackson said that the legislation is ‘poorly written,’ but ‘there’s no need to have our federal system and our state system fill the prisons with people who are prosecuted for this. I think marijuana has been known to be addictive,’ Jackson said at Staples Center on Tuesday before the Lakers’ game against Memphis. ‘It’s not something to be laughed at. I think it’s a situation that can be handled and help our society out. There’s no need to have our federal system and our state system fill the prisons with people who are prosecuted for this. Some of it is handled as a misdemeanor and some is handled as three stick. So it gets to be an issue that complicates our legal system and our prison system. I think it has to be better written. Marijuana is not a minor situation. People become addicted to it like they get addicted to anything. It’s what we call the soft drug in the old days before the Len Bias situation changed everything in this country as far as drugs go. We have to get control of some of the things in this society we need to get control of in this drug war.’”

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  • J.C.
  • J.C.

    [insert Michael Beasley comment]

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Wholeheartedly AGREED.

    Not surprised the least bit that Phil Jackson would come out and speak against Prop 19.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Wholeheartedly AGREED.

    Not surprised the least bit that Phil Jackson would come out and speak against Prop 19.

  • Sparker

    what is he, running for congress? that was about as genuine as lady gaga’s hair

  • riggs

    from his comments, i have no idea if he’s for it or against it.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    yeah, Mexican narcos are having a HUGE party today, they are still in business!! Because it doesn’t matter it hasn’t been approved, people will keep on smoking… and there will always be a provider. Good way to keep the black market up, giving money to the narcos to fight back the Mexican goverment…

  • Sparty’s Law

    He sounds like a politician who is afraid to support one side or the other on a hot issue. The reporter should have asked Lamar Odom instead.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Phil Jackson would make a good politician.

  • giveandgo

    I’d vote for Phil for governor any day! He’d lead the state to victory.

  • EJ

    People are gonna smoke anyway, so what’s the difference? Why not just legalize it? It’s not gonna become more of a problem, in Netherlands it’s legal, and they use less marijuana in there than what countries in Europe do on average. And it’s not addictive.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Phil didn’t take a stand one way or the other. Actually he started to then forgot his point. That Short term memories a bi###

  • http://google c_cantrell

    everybody smokes already so why not lol

  • heartlandG

    LEGALIZE TAX REGULATE!!!

    …in Nebraska too!

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Prop 19 started out being well written, but then they started smoking half way through and just slapped the rest together.

  • MF

    Ya Phil would be a good politician as long as he had someone to the extent of Mike, Scottie, Kobe, and Shaq behind the scenes making him look good.

  • AiRsMiTh

    Lmao @ Diesel.

  • Joe

    lol @ MF.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    “I was gonna vote yes for Prop 19…but I got high!” Word to Afroman…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Phil’s right, it was poorly written. A lot of people who smoke, grow and distribute were oppose to it because of the way it was written and there were very few adds about it (no marketing campaign at all). Being in Phil’s position I’m sure he really had to chose his words carefully because Stern would have given him a pretty hefty fine if he said that he was for it.

  • http://www.utahjazz.com ScottyB

    Sounds to me like Phil wants it to be Legal, or basically decriminalize it. He doesn’t want people locked up for it, but he wants people educated about its addictiveness. All together he thinks people should have the right to choose their own path as adults, not the government.

  • CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT

    PROP 19 DIDNT INCLUDE HOW TO REGULATE IT. THAT WAS LEFT TO EACH CITY, THATS A PROBLEM. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A UNIVERSAL STRUTURE TO TAX AND REGULATE IT WRITTEN INTO PROP 19.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ONCE AGAIN… 1:23 comment is NOT ME. Three different occurences of this in one day, Slam? Damn.

  • Enigmatic

    Just kidding… Yes it was! :)

  • Danno

    Sounds like Phil was stoned when he gave this interview.

  • frank

    Pretty sure phil smoked back in the day…. I mean, he looked like this
    http://thebestten.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/phil-jackson-knick1.jpg

  • Blackphantom

    I’m a big Phil fan, but I disagree with two things. 1. Marijuana is not addictive, i don’t even think it’s been proven to kill anybody in the past. 2. Even though he’s completely right about the Len Bias thing, theres one flaw in his statement, EVERYONE knew crack was dangerous in that day & age, it was never considered a soft drug. Michael Ray Richardson was banned from the league a few years before for failed drug tests, mostly cocaine(which is the same thing as crack). Marijuana should be legalized. If Alcohol & Cigarettes, two substances that have killed millions of people, are legal in America, why shouldn’t Marijuana be legal?

  • Mr. Robinson

    Frank is funny as hell

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^blackphantom..
    if i had to guess i would say that u smoke pot

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I agree with Phil, this notion that w33d cannot addict people is stupid. That being said, I also agree with what he said about people being in prison for it–I don’t think someone deserves to spend time behind bars for possession. Either way I’m indifferent to Mary J laws.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    And Blackphantom: Mary J not being addictive is an utter myth–it’s not as CHEMICALLY addictive as h@rd drugs, but like p0rn, gambling, gaming, etc., it is still addictive. And it IS a drug–so yes, it is an addictive substance. Why else would there be a political group called the Mariju@na Party?

  • CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT

    HERB IS NOT A DRUG, IT IS A PLANT THATS BEEN ON THIS PLANET LONGER THAN HUMANS. IT IS VERY SAFE, UNLESS ONE CONSUMES IT THEN OPERATES HEAVY MACHINERY. HERB NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE ILLEGAL.

  • bdub

    @Teddy. To clarify no evidence of physical addication. But i agree its mentally addictive. I.E. can become habitual etc

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Phil Jackson’s says: “It’s poorly written.”

    Meaning, it straddles the fence and therefore makes it’s passing (understanding) an impossible feat.

  • Blackphantom

    @Teddy ok yeah it can be addictive. @c_cantrell im not an avid smoker no, but i have been around it befroe, believe it or not, ive never really tried it, I just don’t like the way the law treats the drug, when it isn’t even that deadly in any way

  • http://slamonline.com lakerslegend

    Disagree with ya coach, but ur right about one thing marijuana is a soft drug and i use it frequently and it is great and it helps more then hurts a little reefer never hurt nobody those cigs kill but reefer heals….one day cops will stop molesting young people for there pot and misdemeanor tickets.. to live and die in LA !!

  • Heals

    Amen from a faithful C’s fan…

  • ClydeSays

    If he had just said “Marijuana should be decriminalized.” that would be noteworthy. Instead he just danced around it.

  • fitzy

    when it comes down to it.. people are gunna smoke in cali wether its legal or not. i personally believe it should be legal but i dont even live in the u.s so its not for me to vote.however I don’t think you can put marijuana anyway near the same category as cocaine. I’ve never tried it but you can’t call them both soft drugs. Love how phil is just dancin around it so sternbot doesnt fine him.

  • James aka…

    @ Teddy – Agree. It’s habit forming the same way anything enjoyable can be habit forming.

    If we were serious about banning harmful drugs, we would go back to prohibition. Since we didn’t enjoy al capone running chicago or charles luciano running new york, perhaps we should get a clue in north america and put violent cartels out of business while being mature and honest about drug use. Amsterdam is a way nicer city than anywhere i’ve been in north america, so decriminalization of marijuana will not cause the city to burn if its not already on fire.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    Kind of glad he spoke out on it. Would love to hear Bill Walton’s rebuttal.

  • Ugh

    So Phil has an opinion on marijuana laws but not on Arizona SB 1070? That’s f###ing weak, Phil. Seriously.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    addiction is a disease. everything can be addictive to someone with addiction. marijuana does not make you physically dependent, so it is not traditionally addictive. but like i just said, someone with addiction can become easily addicted.

  • The Philosopher

    He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle to eat, and herb for the service of man.
    (Psalms, 104:14)

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