Gupta Changes Mind on Weed but Debate Continues
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Gupta Changes Mind on Weed but Debate Continues
Posted by CN Staff on August 11, 2013 at 10:49:33 PT
By Lindsay Friedman, USA Today
Source: USA Today
USA -- The haze surrounding Sanjay Gupta's stance on medical marijuana use has cleared. The TV doctor says he just wasn't looking hard enough.CNN's chief medical correspondent announced his change in heart Aug. 8 in an online op-ed, Why I Changed My Mind on Weed, promoting his special Weed, a documentary premiering tonight at 8 p.m. on CNN.
Gupta says he used to oppose the use of medical marijuana. But after more research, he says he has changed his mind, and has apologized for earlier statements, including his 2009 TIME magazine article Why I Would Vote No on Pot."I have apologized for some of the earlier reporting because I think, you know, we've been terribly and systematically misled in this country for some time," Gupta told Piers Morgan on CNN. "And I did part of that misleading."Mason Tvert, the director of communication for the Marijuana Policy Project, a national group promoting the legal use of medical and non-medical marijuana, says the situation illustrates the establishment's misinformation and scare tactics for the past 70 years."Most Americans are recognizing that marijuana is not as harmful as they were led to believe," he says. "There's so much evidence out now that any person looking at it objectively would have to call our current marijuana policies into question."SnippedComplete Article: USA Today (US) Author: Lindsay Friedman, USA TodayPublished: August 11, 2013Copyright: 2013 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on August 13, 2013 at 10:44:24 PT
One tiny thing, though, for all of us....
We've all been mocked, vilified, and efforts made to humiliate us for our stand on cannabis, so here's another, "We told you so." for us.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on August 13, 2013 at 10:27:34 PT
The special....
It seemed aimed at prohibitionists. Maybe it will jar some of them to thinking for themselves. I doubt it though.The prohibitionists, I suspect, really didn't see people being helped. They couldn't, because they are totally blinded by reefer madness and the unreasonable hatred that goes with it.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on August 13, 2013 at 05:43:18 PT
John Tyler
What bothers me about the recent news is this is not a solution. I get tired of loose ends.
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Comment #6 posted by John Tyler on August 12, 2013 at 20:20:24 PT
I am having my doubts about Sanjay’s conversion. Has he had a true epiphany, or is his career sagging and he is just doing something to bump up CNN’s TV ratings?
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Comment #5 posted by paddyb1 on August 11, 2013 at 19:34:27 PT:
Gupta's Very Faint Praise
I was disappointed with Dr. Gupta's program. He seemed to give the Prohibition crowd plenty of red meat to continue their crusade against cannabis.
This is obviously an issue that can't adequately be vetted in an hour of television.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on August 11, 2013 at 18:32:50 PT
Just Watched The Special
When I watch a program like this I set my mind to try to think like a person that wants to know but doesn't know. The story was excellent showing that Cannabis can help the brain. It can help with head injuries and even has evidence of killing cancer cells. It can possibly even help our brains. Young people don't need to be doing drugs but get into a sport or some activity and stay busy. Kids I taught how to ride and compete with a horse were too tired to party. The little girl's story speaks tons. No one can argue that she has a quality life now.
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on August 11, 2013 at 18:15:08 PT
Just watched the CNN show now. They seem to say that medical cannabis is OK, but are reluctant to come out for recreational use. Then they got in to some contradictions… that it can cause mental health problems for teenagers, but yet all of their examples were children and teenagers. Sanjay needs some more study. He is getting there, but he still hasn’t shaken off his reliance on government agencies for data sources even after he admitted that they have been lying.
Sanjay listen to the people that use and love cannabis.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on August 11, 2013 at 17:00:09 PT
Time for the special documentary
on CNN.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on August 11, 2013 at 10:57:54 PT
"establishment's misinformation and scare tactics 
for the past 70 years."Amen to that! But, the reality is much more sinister if you look at why the misinformation and let's not forget; criminalization!Sanjay, you can now read about this, here:
http://www.rockefellerdrugwars.comAfter finding out that cannabis is good, you can continue stuying and find out why we got in this position in the 1st place! The more study you do, the uglier it gets.Go study Dr. Sanjay Gupta! Learn about Rocky!
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