CNN's Gupta To Drop Another MMJ Bombshell Tonight?

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  CNN's Gupta To Drop Another MMJ Bombshell Tonight?

Posted by CN Staff on March 11, 2014 at 04:31:24 PT
By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer  
Source: Detroit Free Press 

USA -- He rocked the medical-marijuana world last year and drew attention from Congress when he apologized for giving short shrift to medical marijuana. At 10 p.m. Tuesday, CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be at it again, airing “Weed 2,” his second, hour-long special on the health benefits of cannabis.Michigan’s medical-pot advocates say it could be a second bombshell in the national debate on pot. “We think it’ll be another big deal across our country, and hopefully even in other parts of the world where they are thinking about changing their laws,” said Heidi Parikh of Romulus, founder of the Michigan Compassion education groups that meet in Royal Oak and Southgate.
Gupta, who grew up in Novi and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, will narrate the show, which will include sick youngsters and their parents struggling to obtain cannabis against legal barriers placed by state and federal authorities.“If you want to understand the science, this is something you’ll want to watch,” Gupta told the Free Press on Monday. “The drug continues to be unfairly rejected by most of the American medical establishment and by government drug regulators,” he said.“My sense as a doctor is that people have an option now, something that actually was an option up until the 1940s (when the federal government made marijuana illegal).“There’s a lot of evidence now that this not only works for many ailments but it often works where nothing else has,” he said. The show will discuss how cannabis can ease symptoms of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cancer and other diseases.As a father as well as a brain surgeon and medical professor, Gupta said he remains opposed to exposing young people to marijuana. And he hedged when asked about legalization for recreational use, calling that an issue for a future show. But he said medical cannabis clearly has a key role to play in seizure disorders, the safe alleviation of pain and numerous other health applications.Last week, the Medical Marijuana New Conditions Review Board in Lansing approved one new use for medical marijuana, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while denying applications that it be allowed for insomnia and bipolar disorder.“If you look at the science, you don’t see the longer-term side effects (in adults who use marijuana) that you see in someone whose brain is still developing,” Gupta said. He said brain development is still incomplete in most young adults all the way to age 25, so marijuana and alcohol use should be strictly limited before then.“Traditionally, we consider 21 to be the age of adulthood. But research clearly shows that our brains are still developing at 21,” he said.Gupta said he’d reviewed reams of medical studies in preparation for the show, delving into the regulatory hurdles of getting medical marijuana accepted over the vested interests of giant drug companies, the medical colleges that teach doctors how to prescribe it, and the government regulators who are wedded to caution and the war on drugs.Many illnesses don’t respond well to existing, FDA-approved drugs, he said.“The American Epilepsy Foundation says there’s about a million patients out there who aren’t getting relief from their seizures,” Gupta said.The show tells the story of many patients who had to move to Colorado to get the medical pot they need. Voters in Colorado, along with those in Washington state, voted to fully legalize marijuana last year.“We’re all very excited” about Gupta’s second show, said Robin Schneider, legislative chairwoman for the Detroit-based National Patients Rights Association, an advocacy group for medical-marijuana laws.“We thought his first show raised a lot of awareness about medical marijuana, particularly for children,” Schneider said. The timing is good because two bills that relate directly to Gupta’s program are getting fresh attention in Lansing this week, she said.At a hearing scheduled for today, lawmakers will receive the first testimony on House Bill 4271, which would let each community in Michigan decide for itself whether to allow dispensaries where state-approved patients could buy tested medical pot, she said.At the same hearing, lawmakers will discuss House Bill 5104, which would allow non-smokable forms of marijuana in Michigan, which are essential to treating children, Schneider said.Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author: Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer Published: March 10, 2014Copyright: 2014 Detroit Free PressWebsite: letters freepress.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #15 posted by FoM on March 14, 2014 at 05:14:34 PT
I think they want to say they are only for CBD Cannabis and continue to say no to THC Cannabis. They win that way then.
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Comment #14 posted by afterburner on March 14, 2014 at 04:14:17 PT

FoM #7 - not #6
Oops! Please fix if you get the chance.
the entourage effect
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Comment #13 posted by afterburner on March 14, 2014 at 03:49:43 PT

FoM #7 - Sponsored by Republicans of the mild high of medical cannabis, they want to slice & dice prohibition and ignore the patients who can benefit from THC treatment!
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on March 12, 2014 at 13:36:48 PT

Thank you. I believe in natural medicine way more then pharmaceutical medicine. Maybe someday cannabis oil will be available in our state.
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Comment #11 posted by Garry Minor on March 12, 2014 at 12:54:02 PT:

FoM # 7, Why?
As much as I appreciate Mr. Gupta for speaking up, it seems that he is still somewhat leading the public on with limited information!When he or someone finally stands in front of the camera and proclaims the Truth, that our government has suppressed since '74 that Cannabinoids can destroy tumors, possibly causing millions of deaths, destroying more innocent families, costing people hundreds of billions of dollars every year and creating social dis-ease, ....... I'll be half satisfied!People really deserve to know just how heartless, selfish, self righteous, evil and ....... Godless they have been and continue to be! They know that their time is up, now they're trying to minimize the damage!
We, those of us who know better, can't allow them to do that! It's called .... Justice!Thanks for all you do!Ps- concentrated Cannabis Oil works wonders with the flu, too!

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Comment #10 posted by FoM on March 12, 2014 at 12:29:13 PT

I just got it yesterday. I have been in bed almost all of the time. 
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on March 12, 2014 at 10:42:56 PT

The flu? Oh my gosh. That scares me so bad. So many people in North Texas died from the flu already this year. I hope you are doing better and it's nearly over.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 12, 2014 at 08:56:02 PT

Another Question
Why is so much emphasis placed on CBDs and not the benefits of THC? THC has it's medicinal benefits.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on March 12, 2014 at 06:20:46 PT

Is Kennedy getting money from any company to be against us and for medical only?
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on March 12, 2014 at 05:55:41 PT

The program was very good last night. I unfortunately have the flu and my brain is fussy. There are lots of things I want to comment on but I just can't right now.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on March 11, 2014 at 20:47:32 PT

Hat Tip to Servetus at Pete's
Servetus {
CNN is educating its viewers about the 'the entourage effect', the peculiar property noted by Dr. Machoulam in 1999 wherein "all the components of the cannabis plant likely exert some therapeutic effect, more than any single compound alone." Way to go, CNN.The entourage effect shoots down the single compound, pharmaceutically-prepared, medical tradition favored by the FDA and SAM's Kevin de Sabeteur. }

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Comment #3 posted by FoM on March 11, 2014 at 16:05:46 PT

Dr. Gupta
We are looking forward to the show tonight. 
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on March 11, 2014 at 11:31:25 PT

Adolescent brains
So nice of them to be concerned about "adolescent brains" with cannabis, a completely non-toxic herb that does not affect cognitive function or damage any organs when used heavily for decades.Where is all this concern for young brains when it comes to emission standards, industrial chemicals leaking into the ground, nuclear radiation leaks, prescription medications, endocrine-disrupting pesticides, mercury and other neurtoxins causing autism?  Don't hear much from Gupta on those issues, do we? Is it a coincidence that most political revolutions worldwide are enacted by men between the age of 16 and 25?  Pretty much every activity a young man typically does is illegal in the United States.

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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on March 11, 2014 at 11:21:24 PT

bongs away!
My son & I are looking forward to the show and to the positive feedback.
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