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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: WEEDing Out The Truth from the Lies

For over 40 years marijuana has been labeled a schedule 1 substance, meaning it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Because of this millions of dollars have been wasted & countless lives have been lost, in trying to keep the public away from this allegedly dangerous drug.

But is the DEA’s position on cannabis based on sound medical information? Or could the opposite be in fact true, and marijuana has a great potential in the treatment of severe health issues for which modern medicine has no viable treatments to offer? And if marijuana has the potential for abuse, what’s the real danger to develop an addiction?

Dr. Sanjay Gupta sought an answer to all those questions when he embarked in the filming of his documentary WEED, where he presents the story of Charlotte Figi, a 5-year-old girl suffering from terrible seizures of epilepsy, who became the youngest user of medical marijuana in the state of Colorado –not an easy decision for their parents, who tried any available option to try to improve their child’s condition, before exploring the foggy path of medical marijuana. Thanks to cannabis, Charlotte’s condition has improved dramatically.

But hold it Mon, because Gupta didn’t intend to give a full endorsement to ganja. He also found out that the effects of THC –the component in cannabis that gets you high– are more severe in young developing brains, and adolescents are much more vulnerable to developing addiction. Then again, any teenager in America can walk to the nearest Starbucks & order a Caffè Mocha Venti, yet nobody but the Mormons object to it…

Not too long ago Dr. Gupta was in a short list to become Surgeon General in the Obama administration but I’m glad someone else got the job, otherwise he wouldn’t have had the liberty to go against the stone-walling (Ha!) that the FDA & other government agencies have erected to keep them from acknowledging two simple facts:

  • Marijuana can offer a lot of help in the treatment of many ailments, including cancer; and
  • Some people just like to get high as a kite, and in 40+ years of an international War on Drugs the consumption of cannabis has not only not been stopped —it has exploded exponentially.

With countries like Portugal —& now Uruguay— showing a frank opposition to keep playing the drug game to the United States’ tune, my personal impression is that legitimization of marijuana currently finds itself in the same stage global warming research was 20 years ago, when most governments dismissed or flat out denied the reality of the polar caps’ melting –essentially, the ones who had more to lose.

…And, just as there are still plenty of GW deniers out there, there will also remain a bunch of cannabis opposers looong after its finally legalized.

  1. Well…….
    Whether the ice caps are melting or not, the points to remember are that there is nothing that we humans have done to assist that situation, and there is nothing that we can do to stop it. The REAL problem with “glow-bull” warming is that it is a money-driven non-emergency. The reason that so many shrill and spittle-flecked useful idiots are clamouring on and endlessly on about it is because there is money to be made, and power to be gained, and both are like drugs to a certain class of humans. Mostly Democrats and other fascists.

    Which brings me to Marijuana. The reason tat other nations are reducing or dropping cooperation with the US DEA and their “war on drugs” is because, like the global warming fantasy, their is an incredible amount of money to be made, along with power to be gained. Those who can establish large growing operations, and distribution networks (can you say Cartels? Sure you can) are reaping in unimaginable amounts of cash and money gives you many options, like buying government officials who will start to reduce and refuse cooperation with drug interdiction/eradication efforts.

    Now, I am all for the legalization of drugs. Whatever you want to put into your system should be your decision. The government ought to be staying the hell out of the entire thing, EXCEPT for acting as a deterrent to criminal actions by drug users. In other words, legalize drug use, but come down with a huge frikkin’ hammer on anyone who cannot act responsibly with them.

    Just like with alcohol. Shift the emphasis of the judicial system to one based upon personal responsibility, and NOT upon prophylactic punishments.

    In the same vein (notice what I did there? 🙂 ) I am all for stripping away gun laws. You should be able to own and carry with you ANY type of firearm that you can afford to purchase. Don’t restrict firearms sales. Rather, punish the person who used the firearms in a criminal manner. Again, personal responsibility.

    But I’ll get off my soapbox now. Time for more coffee.

  2. Legalize it, yeah yeah
    I would like to see ganja controlled the same as alcohol. The results of consumption are similar, but is there a breathalyzer for pot? How do you determine if a person is under the influence and should abstain from operating a motor vehicle?

    1. Operating a vehicle
      Watch the docu. They show a driving test conducted with a regular consumer & an occasional one. Turns out that (under the influence) the regular consumer didn’t present any impairment in her driving skills.

      In any case, drivers under the influence of alcohol are bigger problem right now 😉

      PS: I think I should state that I don’t condone the recreational use of drugs, but demonizing a god-damned plant is ludicrous.

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