Tony Bennett on Whitney Houston: “Legalize Drugs”

If the marijuana legalization efforts currently underway in California receive some unexpected financial support from Hollywood over the next few months, drug war opponents may be able to thank Whitney Houston. And Tony Bennett.

Mere hours after Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hilton hotel bathroom on Saturday afternoon, Bennett took the stage at a pre-Grammy Awards party that Houston, 48, was to attend. Drugs must have already been on Bennett's mind — the next night, he would accept an award for a duo he did with Amy Winehouse, who died last summer at 27 — for the ageless crooner used his stage time to beg the assembled glitterati to dedicate themselves to a preventative cause: outright legalization.

“I would like to have every gentleman and lady in this room to commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs,” said Bennett, to the sound of some applause.

Bennett didn't repeat this call on Sunday in front of the television cameras — and Winehouse's parents — but so what? It's A-listers at Clive Davis' party who have money to burn, not unwashed masses at home (where the drug that killed Winehouse is legal).

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