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[VIDEO] Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution

CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has returned to the topic of medical marijuana in a third installment of his game-changing documentary series, Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution.

Make no mistake these documentaries have served as the effective bull-horn for the medical marijuana movement.  In the run up to the original Weed,Dr. Gupta wrote an op-ed where he formally apologized for his previous position on medical marijuana.

“I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.” -Sanjay Gupta, August 2013

The documentary series provides an overview of the history of marijuana prohibition, in addition to examining the science behind marijuana and the medical properties of cannabidiol, or CBD.

Dr. Gupta also humanizes the science through the story of Charlotte Figi, a five-year-old girl with a debilitating neurological disorder called Dravet’s Syndrome.  Scientific experts like Dr. Carl Hart are featured to explain the impact of marijuana use on human behavior and the political and bureaucratic obstacles that stymie medical research on marijuana.

Journalists shouldn’t take a position. It makes sense. Objectivity is king. But, at some point, open questions do get answered. At some point, contentious issues do get resolved. At some point, common sense prevails.

So, here it is: “We should legalize medical marijuana. We should do it nationally. And, we should do it now.”


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  • Drew Bright

    Too bad no mention made of HR 1013, which has 14 co-sponsors and would Deschedule entirely….but good to see the public acknowledgement of suffering patients, putting a face with an issue definitely helps get the message across better than 3-cheers-for-future-cannabis-science-breakthroughs, End Prohibition – Repeal All Cannabis laws – Amnesty for All Cannabis Prisoners and Probationeers..
    We should be talking about reparations for those whose lives have been tragically affected by the “war in drugs”.. not to mention every family member lost to cancer without cannabinoid treatments…

  • Sylvia Surratt Johnston

    Please let’s decriminalize marijuana. It has nothing to do with the war on drugs other than the justice system using it as a tool to make them look like they are doing something in the war on drugs other than failing at it! I personally don’t smoke but I would much rather have people smoke or vaporize MJ than drink alcohol. Jus sayin’

    • CharleeR

      Legalize, not decriminalize. There is a HUGE difference. Legalizing it would allow for regulation and taxation. Decriminalization, keeps it illegal, and people don’t get jail time, instead they get a fine like a ticket. Unfortunately it will also keep it from researchers. So, again; LEGALIZATION.

  • CharleeR

    It needs to be Legalized, so that it is available to researchers and patients.

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