Dr. Sanjay Gupta: “I Am Doubling Down On Medical Marijuana”

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is “doubling down” in his advocacy for patients to have legal access to cannabis as a therapeutic agent.

In a commentary featured on the CNN website today, Gupta writes: “I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana. I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down.”

Last August, Gupta authored a commentary apologizing for his past opposition to medical cannabis, stating, “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States (in regards to cannabis), and I apologize for my own role in that.”

In today’s editorial, Gupta acknowledges, “Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, defined as (one of) the most dangerous drugs with no currently accepted medical use. Neither of those statements has ever been factual.”

He criticizes President Obama for acknowledging that cannabis poses less harm than alcohol while failing “to remove marijuana from the list of the most tightly controlled substances in the country.” Dr. Gupta also questions how the US government can possess a patent on the therapeutic application of cannabinoids yet still deny that the compounds possess medical utility.

Ultimately, cannabis prohibition is a “Draconian system where politics override science,” Gupta concludes.

Gupta’s forthcoming documentary on the plant, entitled “Weed 2: Cannabis Madness: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports,” at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11.

76 thoughts

  1. Glad to hear it.

    “Ultimately, cannabis prohibition is a Draconian system where politics override science,” Gupta concludes.

    Maybe we could get him to join NORML.

  2. When Corporations get a taste of the cannabis money its over…This is how the real system works in America Corporations>bankers>politicians>we the people…. Truth hurts don’t it ?

  3. Isn’t there some way to argue that exact point about the patent the US holds. How can they have it both ways? How is it possible to continue listing it as Schedule 1 when the patent is for the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids? In all honesty, you should be able to argue against the 1937 tax act which made it illegal in the first place. The minute the word ”darkie” is used in reference to a person and as an argument against cannabis in government hearings, the whole law needs removing. Google Harry Anslinger and the 1937 marijuana tax act, you’ll be able to find transcripts from this hearing and its criminal what happened. Citing only sensationalized newspaper ads, Anslinger lied to everyone. When a doctor, asked to testify, questioned the way the proceedings were being handled and said what congress was doing was wrong, he was ignored and the bill passed anyway. There is no scientific proof to any of the claims made in the hearings, marijuana wasn’t even a word until Anslinger took a Mexiccan slang word and used it to describe hemp AND cannabis. In fact, science has repeatedly disproven most dangerous claims and proven many benefits. The Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper for crying out loud. Start writing your politicians, sign the petitions on change.org, do some research and get edumacated about what is really going down, its our biggest asset in this challenge. The more we can show people that cannabis users are just like everyone else and legalization is not the apocalypse, the better off we’ll all be.

  4. I have the utmost respect for this man. He is the first the publicly change his opinion about marijuana and graciously apologize. Then start a campaign to get it legalized. Dr. Gupta has courage and fortitude.

    Salute

  5. Wow, now you’re starting to impress me Dr. Gupta! I’m so glad you’re looking further into these issues. There are so many layers to the lies and misdirection on this subject for years and years. The government insisted for so long that marijuana is a “gateway drug”, which is only true because marijuana is illegal and therefore often available from the same folks selling hard drugs that do a lot of damage to people. The Law itself has created this “Gateway”. Take away the dumb law and you also remove the “gateway” itself. The more people hear this message, the sooner marijuana is seen in and thus used for more positive ends.

  6. He is right of course but it is nice to hear it from someone who has the ear of the public not just a cannabis activist. I think if you are involved with healthcare the time has come to change to a positive attitude towards cannabis otherwise you are just going to look stupid in the next few years. Or even worse you could be accused of negligence by not providing your patients with the best healthcare available (it could happen)

    Well said Dr Gupta !

  7. I have come to have tremendous respect for Mr. Gupta!

    Someday, I hope I will once again come to have respect for America’s leaders. As it is, I consider most of them to be liars, greedy, ignorant, and do not trust them even a little.

  8. Tobacco and alcohol should be schedule 1. No medical value and high potential for abuse. Oh please uncle scam save us from ourselves. What a joke

  9. My hat is off for Sanjay Gupta!

    Legalization gets closer every day.

    It really bugs me that the same people who have been keeping it illegal for all these years, at the expense of the American people, are now the ones poised to profit from it once it is legal… I’m quite sure that many of them have been preparing to shift their assets from private prisons and law enforcement to big commercial grow ops…

  10. Good for him for turning down the ‘gimme’ post of Surgeon General. He is still free to give his highly informed and empathic opinion.

    Tobacco is actually chemically-saturated tobacco leaf and it’s not even scheduled, the tobacco companies feed their plants with radioactive fertilizer, subsidized by the taxpayers…and their cancer sticks are not even scheduled…even after harvest they saturate the plant matter with nitrates/nitrites and hundreds of other chemicals. THESE ARE NOT SCHEDULED AT ALL while organic cannabis is so non-toxic it can linger in the body for days, weeks, there is no rush to excrete them to save the body. This is why drug-testing is a sham. One can pass a cocaine or heroin test in a matter of days, while cannabis is so much like our own bodies, it lingers and mimics molecules vital to our mood and immunity.

    Nixon fabricated the scheduling system. It’s a joke. The FDA gets kickbacks from pharma, most doctors get their “continuing education” credentials from pharma itself.

    End the corruption

  11. I would like to start of with a thanks to those who are on board with the movement of cannabis being brought back to its rightful owners…….and a thanks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta for at least realizing that the misleading information himself and others have been given over the years was nothing more then a chance for our prohibition to thrive and bring in a paycheck to those who couldnt figure out how to seek out a living that would be honest and respectable…..

    I would also like to take a min to speak up on other things that people like the good dr have done that also needs to be put on the table.
    I have been on Benzodiazepines for almost 7 years, and the last 4 years I went in to find out if there was anything I could get prescribed to to replace the relaxing proporties of cannabis, which i had been using for 23 years, and the answer i got was shocking.
    I was called a drug addict and was told to get off the cannabis right away. If i didnt get away from it then i would be tossed out of the dr’s office and would no longer be able to obtain and medical services from them, whom i had been dr-ing with for over 10 years……
    so I asked was there anything i could take to respectfuly gain the same after work relaxation as the cannabis provided .
    I was told NO …..”well the only think i can do is give you a higher dosage of your Benzodiazepines”. Ignorent to the fact that at the time of telling my dr the honest truth of my life , I then was put into a pool of drug tested parolies that come in once a month to get drugtested …….After the first month of the new levels of pills , i was drug tested with in the month and was told that if cannabis was in my system then i would be let go. I then told them i would probably have it in my system because it had only been under a month , they said doesnt matter. Long story short i passed and for the moment everything was on tract.
    Until I went for my next refil, and then they decided to change my amount of pills for the month , which wouldnt make a month. SO in a couple weeks i was back again for the same refill….at 100.00 a visit…..plus the amount of gas and travel and the prescriton cost…
    4 years of being more stressed out to even get a prescrtion for stress medications…..i now have to go see the dr every 3 months plus be drugtested and all the time off work and the time in travel and the cost of travel and the cost of the presciptions…..all to be on the legal side of the law.
    I have been called a drug addict from the local pharamacy , which i no longer do business with , ive also been called a drug addict from the dr’s office, and the 23 years that i smoked cannabis for my personal gain of the evening i was never called a drug addict by anyone, but to be legal ive been called it on more fingers on my hands have than i want to deal with anylong…..i want to try to get away from these pills and maybe go underground with cannabis usage again because i have never felt the way i do as when i have to go beg for a prescription from a legal drug dealer who makes me feel like a crimanal, all to keep something so natural as cannabis out of my life.
    And for the record to the dr’s i may be a drug addict now ,only because you made me this because i use under the amount given monthly….so even when you change your mind about what you once thought was bad, the once things you thought were good and a better choice have done nothing but made me a drug addict and a criminal in the dr’s eyes….because there is no worse feeling then sitting in the drugtesting area with actual criminals, for a drug prescription that you got me hooked on in the first place……and look up Benzodiazepines , you cant just quit them like you can cannabis…..the withdrawls alone can kill you…….because they mess with your body and mind and soul……..so Im going to set forth on a journey to get away from being a drug addict on Benzodiazepines on my own before i end up in jail with a record for the rules that get changed daily on something you prescribed me to get away from cannabis in the first place……
    BUt honestly Thanks your Dr. Sanjay Gupta for realizing as smart as you are , that even you can and did make a mistake on public safty…..
    Truly thanks

    as always
    thanks for reading
    chris

  12. Direct TV has the documentary on March 9th at 10pm on CNN somebody has got the date wrong

    [Paul Armentano responds: There are several documentaries on cannabis airing during the next few days and weeks on various cable networks. ‘Weed 2: Cannabis Madness: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports’ Premieres on CNN Tuesday, March 11 at 10 pm ET. Here is the official presser from CNN: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/02/26/weed-2-cannabis-madness-dr-sanjay-gupta-reports-premieres-on-cnn-tuesday-march-11-at-10-pm-et/240401/.%5D

  13. @Galileo,
    To the best of my knowledge, NORML is a marijuana advisor to CNN.
    @LL- You are correct that the C.S.Act scheduling system is rooted in the U.S. patent for cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are produced naturally in all mammals and puffer fish. Does that permit the government to own the entire mammilian class? Of course not. Prohibition is unsustainable. So here we are; welcome to the Green Revolution.

    [Paul Armentano responds: Networks like CNN may consult with NORML when they are producing specials such as this, but NORML does not enjoy a formal ‘advisory’ role with CNN or any other network. The patent referred to in the Gupta commentary is in regards to the specific marketing of cannabinoids as therapeutic agents for specific purposes, not on the organic cannabinoids themselves.]

  14. @Miles, I know it bugs you, but I think the best strategy is Forgive—> Convert—> Redeploy. Let these old Punishment Gangsters escape out of that bizness and try grow ops, I don’t think there’s a chance anyone can now screw up cannabis the way @Jimmy describes the tobacco companies did their crap.

    Remember Excellent Ed Rosenthal and other Experts are now publishing these terrific illustrated guides how to grow good healthy life-affirming herb and millions of families will raise a couple of plants each (under the radar at first, Holder’s caution not to prioritize prosecuting small quantity users will spread over to the small quantity growers).

    Gupta himself is probably going to receive invitations to preside over an Appropriate Grow Op Authority making sure our Best Friend Species’ Genome is not abused.

    Give the Surgeon General credit, they published the 2014 estimate that nicotine $igarettes cost the US economy $289-BILLION in medical cost and lost productivity. The Cannabis SUBSTITUTION program (cannabis instead of tobacco; vape instead of rolling papers) will quickly extinguish that problem along with the 6,000,000 death toll, and win Gupta and Armentano a Knowitwell Prize.

  15. I would be in favor of the Government rescheduing Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) to Schedule III or IV and then allowing Companies to immediately begining producing “Cannibinoid Extracts”…I understand there is a little girl in Oklahoma with a “seizure disorder” who cannot get any MMJ and her parents are at their wits end !!!

    I think PresObama should sign Executive order.

  16. ps There is also another little girl in another state with this same “problem”;(seizures which can be controlled with MMJ)…
    LEGALIZE NOW…”Patient Protection Act 2014!!!

  17. The National Institutes of Health holds patents on certain canabinoids. The US government has had an experimental marijuana farm in Mississippi since 1968. And I would tend to believe that big pharma, seeing dollar signs dancing in their heads, from manufacturing cannabis based medications, which, of course, will be extremely expensive, will their clout and money on Capitol Hill to change the rules…for their gain, not ours.

    I have severe, treatment resistant bipolar illness and if it was legal, I could find a psychiatrist who would recommend how to use it or, just self medicate with low THC cannabis tea.

  18. Thanks Paul,
    For clearing up the “advisory” relationship between CNN & NORML. I must have misinterpreted an earlier blog when Dr. Gupta released his first “Weed” documentary on the severely epileptic Charlotte Figi, (who Dr. Gupta reports is “healthy and happy.”)
    However, with cannabinoids and patents, as the saying goes, the Devil is in the details. What Dr. Gupta fails to report, according to leafscience.com (perhaps in reserve of his “Weed 2“ release) is more details on the government’s marijuana patent. There is nothing “specific” about the government’s hypocritical cannabinoid patenting process save that there is a prison-industrial complex at play.
    The major moral question here is should the U.S. Government patent, or much less prohibit, the use of a living plant whose cannabinoids are clearly stated as “neuroprotectants” or brain food and non toxic, organic medicine? Should or can the goverment own patents on any organic compounds? The answer is unfolding before us: “organic” compound patent and prohibition is unsustainable. Once the human brain is educated as to what heals and feeds it, there is no denying freedom. We simply cant afford to imprison the weak and poor when marijuana was working to convert them into healthier, wealthier contributing members of society.

    Education is the enemy of hypocrisy.

    We must use caution with the use of the word “organic” when referring to the patenting of “specific” cannabinoids produced in the human endocannabinoid system, as it seems to justify the U.S. Patent6630507 providing the cannabinoids that come from cannabis sativa. Both human and plant-derived cannabinoids are technically “organic.” And it is immoral to patent either one. There is a failed logic in patenting living plants and their organic compounds as if to say one person, corporation or government reserves the right to “own” organic food, medicine, fuel or building materials that which human kind sustains itself in symbiotic coexistence.
    We are what we eat. A patent on our organic food and medicine is a patent on ourselves and inherently prohibits supply of the patented organic compound to raise the price and make the patent owner-user rich. That is the purpose of a patent.
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) even has the audacity to issue GW pharmacueticals in London a “Notice of Allowance (Dec 11th, 2013) for U.S. Application Serial Number 12/996,124… For treating glioma, (not to be confused with glaucoma) or GBM.” (gwpharm.com) Glioma describes a tumor that arises in the glial tissue of the brain. The New England Journal of Medicine says “GBM accounts for 46 % of the 22,500 new cases of brain cancer diagnosed in the U.S. each year.”
    It is impossible to find a greater example of cruel, inhumane hypocrisy of cannabis policy than reading the above mentioned status of patent “507“ and subsequently reading the C.S.Act and DEA’s drug scheduling of cannabis as “containing no medicinal value.”
    So now a corporation, GW Pharmacueticals, gets to profit off the prohibited supply of a naturally grown medicine that a kid with a brain tumor can grow on their own? (To be fair, concentrated medicinal strains require more intensely supervised cultivation) Still, one corporation gets the green light while thousands of people languish in prohibition-enforced hospitals and prisons?! Aren’t there anti-trust laws against this? Or is that why the USPTO sold the rights to a foreign corporation? Im so disgusted.

    The Patent of Life belongs to all life, for all life lives and dies together. Cannabinoids, organic or otherwise, are no exception.

    Dr. Gupta says “The FDA denied repeated requests for an interview.”
    But Leafscience reports the National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA) was more willing to talk. Dr. Nora Volkow, who heads the institute, told Dr. Gupta that she believes “marijuana restrictions need to be loosened.” This is a fairly significant development, considering NIDA’s policy to research against therapuetic use of cannabis as medicine.
    Dr. Gupta said it best when he said,”The Department of Health abd Human Services holds a patent (on cannabinoids) on one hand, and on the other hand the same government says it has no medical applications,” Gupta told Cooper. “Journalists are trained to hate hypocrisy. Ive never seen it quite like this.”

  19. Cannabis based medications should remove or reschedule it on merit alone. Why put the measure of its profitability into the equation? Not for profit medications send shock waves through the healthcare industry.

  20. @Mark,

    The Nonexperimental farm in Mississippi deliver only one product: rolled 900-mg $igarettes!– Some “indu$try” out there likes the example thus set, the endorsement of H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide $igarette Paper Prifit Format.

    VAPE alternative: grind/sift cannabis through a 1/16″ screen– or even easier, first through a 1/8″ screen, then through a 1/16″ screen. Vape a 25 mg. (1/40 g.) loading of the sifted particles in a Long-Drawtube One-Hitter) by holding heat source the right distance below utensil opening that air entering is about 385F/197C– just shy of igniting which is about 410F/210C– lighter flame tip typically about an inch below opening.

    “suck slow,
    don’t glow
    till after 19
    seconds or so”

    If it starts to glow, back off further. Later after you have harvested the cannabinoids as vapor, breathe 30 warm, wet W’s in and out of a Lunchspielhaus (bread bag), then finally suck up the semi-ashes and mill them around moistly twixt tongue and pallet thinking about taste– source of purified minerals and educates your metabolism.

    One or two such tokes on rising mornings may help you remember to do some interesting, even intense work like carpentry, expressing in a coherent safe motivated way energies which would otherwise build up during prolonged depression (deep prison) and erupt in “mania” outbursts. By demonizing and banning cannabinoid use the system has systematically created “depressives”, persons for whom one form of mania outburst alias “self-expression” may be to go on a “spending spree” (commonly first of month) and predatory marketing empires rake in the money. The “depression” is a corporate propagandized and promulgated artificial disease the sheeple try to self-medicate with the heavily advertised (hatefearteased) corporate “products” (incl. Alcohol, 2WackGo, pHARMa) instead of through occupational therapy (because the hands are the organs best connected to the mind the best option is usually “handwork”), also check out “music”, “dance”, “hiking”. In every exercise start slow and SMOOTH, then ratchet up the intensity when it appears safe to do so. Have enough variety/diversity in the work that you don’t get in a slump/rut, join a workshop, read articles on line about “handwork” etc.

    Handwork option: to learn how to massproduce Long-Drawtube One-Hitters, start with wikiHow.com/Make-Pipes-from-Everyday-Objects, #1, #2. You can also sign in, add to article, revise, improve, add pictures (jpg’s) etc.

  21. “This just makes the guy look like a dumb ass. I mean, really, he just “figured” it out?”

    Yes, I had the same exact reaction. I’m like WTF? Sometimes folks that ain’t blind still can’t see. But in a way these folks are also victims–victims of some hardcore brainwashing! I guess that shit does work really well on some folks…

  22. How many “popular” “respected” “celebrities” have to endorse cannabis before it’s fully legal? They all need to speak up in the media until the list is so long that anyone who’s not on it will be considered irrelevant. Maybe then enough of our entertainer-worshiping society will see the light and effect the change. Anti-prohibitionists have to relentlessly hammer away at the establishment until prohibition cracks apart and crumbles. Thanks NORML for leading the cause and making it happen.

    [Editor’s note: Most all drug policy reform groups have advisory boards with a number of celebrity types (ie, NORML Advisory Board). Indeed numerous celebrities have endorsed cannabis or have done so in a left handed manner–getting caught with cannabis.]

  23. According to Dr. Ian “Basil contains Eugenol” which is a known “antispasmodic and relaxant;
    Basil Extracts could be combined with Hemp Oil

  24. I was wondering if the Industrial Hemp contains the same “Cannibinoids” as “Medicinal Marijuans”; because one not need approval to “produce Industrial Hemp.

    ps U Miss has “3 grades…A; B and C grades.@

  25. can one import Industrial Hemp to make high potency Cannabinoids? I read the information @ MedsRX and Bluebird Botanicals at top of pg.

  26. “Cibdex”*; Blue bluebotanicals;(ads on this pg
    mainotoba hemp is good for hemp oil; manitoba stopped making “Hemp seed nut butter!

  27. I had serious rotator cuff surgery in July was off Percocet in 2 weeks switched to Marijuana it worked much better for pain and was not addictive as Percocet is.

    Had serious spinal surgery Dec 11 again needed as much pain medication I could get before surgery including marijuana after surgery able to walk with just Marijuana no more additive medications. Surgeon could not believe I could walk he said I should have been paralyzed, I almost was from serious nerve pain but Marijuana saved me again. Please Please help America see what they are missing out on. We will have less drug addicts in this country with the legalization asap. Great for relaxing after a long day rather than a beer! which we know ends up being more beer. A few puffs I am good all night to relax.

  28. Gupta’s changing of horses midstream only goes to show how meaningless his views are. Now that the propaganda is falling apart, he wants to switch sides. He has always been a propagandist and he always will.

  29. Colorado will quickly become the most powerful, wealthiest, happiest, prosperous state in the U.S. because it will see a massive explosion of population and job growth due to true legalization.

    When this reality becomes crystal clear to the rest of the U.S. (and the world), then all of the other states (and countries) will be tripping over themselves to catch up. But once people move to Colorado, the pioneer of legalization, it will be too late for the other states because the people will owe such a huge debt of gratitude to Colorado that their loyalty to Colorado will prevent them from returning to whatever state they came from.

    Wake up and smell the cannabis U.S. states, or before you know it, a huge percentage of your residents will abandon you in favor of Colorado never to return. Get with the f-ing program.

  30. I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments and I learned things I did not know…thanks…

    “Million Marijuana March Summer 2014”
    “no more time to lose…!!!” annroc2004@sbcglobal.net “get the children their medicine ! get the people their Herb(s)!

  31. that’s so amazing that someone like him would come out and speak so openly an aggressively on this issue. I really can’t believe that he did it and he hasn’t been removed of his medical license.

  32. i have to agree with the comments here that support Dr. Gupta. It is not with a personal, potential sacrifice that he address and confront the issue as a medical professional who knows of the history of cannabis within the US pharmacopeia since the beginning. The medical establishment fought against the passage of the arbitrary Tax Law that got shot down much later by the SCOTUS (supreme court) when it was made obvious that stamp solicitation was self incrimination that deterred people from asking for a stamp and also imprisonment.

    Cannabis was legal after the fraud of the stamp act, for a brief period, till Nixon restarted the whole thing by declaring a drug war on “controlled substances.”

    One quarter of US prisoners, one-half of federal inmates, are there for minor drug offenses that are considered non-crimes by any measure of common law and human rights. (source: humansrightswatch.org)

    Was there any reason for Nixon to make it illegal again and perpetuate the known mistakes of prohibition and its intentional, consequential production of black markets and extreme organized crime?

    It certainly wasn’t for the sake of the health of the American people, it was meant to quash any hopes of hemp returning to the hands of the people, of cannabis medicine being available without criminal penalties of the sort associated with violent crimes. Even violent crimes are not punished as harshly through imprisonment, forfeiture, stigmatization, human rights violations or even violence inflicted on them for a personal choice that is not a crime any more than taking so-called legal drugs.

    The most costly war ever, to the delight of financiers who positioned themselves as the money power that Congress itself has to crawl to mend the budget deficits from over-spending and fleecing, that use the excuse of “war” to justify any debt.

    The same power is used with the debt, 85,000 debt burden for each American, whether they have a bank account or not, a job or not.

    IMO, he has begun to see this as a major political issue that does no good, only harm, and since the federal definitions of “medicine” contradict the science that underlies our medical technologies and our duty as moral agents to do the right thing for the patients and our neighbors and future generations.

    This sort of intentional suffering in spite of continued failure despite the will of the people, is the drug war, pathetic failure of public policy, the textbook example of inane policy creating problems of such a magnitude that people are becoming resigned to the idea that it’s all broken and fuct up and the people filling the seats of authority are glib to play along, either out of greed or fear.

    Does a doctor’s opinion count? Absolutely, and according the arbitrary scheduling system itself, which nevertheless makes appeals to peer-reviewed research of science but then turns the other face to also suppress it intentionally, shamelessly, through parasites like NIDA.

    Go Dr. Gupta!

  33. “This just makes the guy look like a dumb ass. I mean, really, he just “figured” it out?”

    Wow really? The guy publicly apologizes and then comes back and says he’s gonna be all in for the movement and THAT’S your response? Good job, you’re really helping the movement. Lets go on a witch hunt and refuse to forgive anyone and provoke them into keeping prohibition for another 100 years! /sarcasm

  34. Dr. Gupta,
    I’d like to see the points you are attending to and “doubling down on” because from where I’m standing, you’re in the background. You are either “on it” a few times a week or your not “on it” like you promised.

    There are 21 year olds going to prison. We must stop this madness and make it legal. Please put the movement at the top of your list w/ measurable goals to attain by the middle of 2014!! I’ll do whatever is asked of me.

    Best,

    Most Sincerely,
    Karen Ferguson, Ph.D.
    It’s Time…..Speak Up, Move Forward!!

  35. I love what this man said regarding Obama’s interview in the New Yorker. Saying, “It’s comical, almost, when you have the President of the United States, in his New Yorker interview, saying that marijuana is ‘no more dangerous than alcohol,’ and yet alcohol is a legal substance that’s completely unscheduled, and marijuana is a Schedule 1 substance, alongside heroin.”

  36. The medicinal marijuana herb has been in use for thousands if not millions of years; prob. utilized by various species before mankind…

    The herb has already been proven “safe and beneficial” for thousands of years…!!!

    The Food Grade Hemp is an actual edible crop !

    “Million Marijuana March Summer 2015 Wash.D.C.

  37. I watched Cannabis Madness Weed 2 last night and thought it was just a little weird Patrick Kennedy was on their claiming he is all for medical marijuana and is working diligently to get the government on board. They basically said Mr. Kennedy is such a powerful man, he is the only one that can get people to change minds in congress. We remember Mr. Kennedy as a man who fights for mass marijuana, government sanctioned, rehabilitation clinics across the United States. His company would own these clinics and would stand to make billions. He claims marijuana is so dangerous but never sites any true scientific information. If he gets his way, anyone caught with any small amount will be forced into rehab by the government. I do not trust CNN at all but I think a lot of good is coming out of the hour long weed documentaries. One question I have, “why no mention of cannabis killing cancer cells anymore”? Did the cancer industry or government force them to shut up about cannabinoids killing cancer or will they have weed 3 where they actually discuss marijuana’s anti cancer properties?

  38. I was reading the reason our Government “outlaws food grade Hemp” is because “food grade hemp (seeds;oil) “looks exactly like the real marijauna plant!” what a phoney excuse to prohibit an Herb !!! I like to make “Teas from these various herb”!

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