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Medical Marijuana, Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta (VIDEO)

Lukewarm Favorable to Medical Marijuana?

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(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I have already saluted Mr. Cooper for having the chutzpah to talk/educate the public about medical marijuana on CNN. It seems most commentators are afraid to catch REEFER MADNESS. The recent CNN series on medical marijuana helps to propel the subject out of the closet.

Dr. Gupta gave a very favorable report. He is definitely a bright young neurosurgeon. His ancestral homeland is/was the site of the first medical/scientific studies on medical marijuana.

He was damning with faint praise the extraordinary uses and benefits of marijuana.

He did say it was effective for pain stimulating appetite, enhancing mood and anti-nauseant, effective for neuropathic pain and multiple sclerosis (MS). This is only the shortest of short lists and it looks as if he had crib notes for his talk.

There are at least 100 physicians taking active care of some 300,000 marijuana patients. Any one of them could have presented a greater list of the almost 200 medical conditions for which medical marijuana is effective.

It is also more effective and safer than the standard medications. And safer than MARINOL (pure synthetic THC), it also has fewer adverse side effects with minimal addiction liability and has never caused a death in 5,000+ years of use.

It is the ultra-safe medicine.

I am very pleased to comment that it appears that Mr. Cooper and Dr. Gupta are both lukewarm, out of the closet, advocates for medical marijuana.


Also see:


Medical Marijuana Medical Conditions 7/3/2007

Medical Marijuana - Dr. Phillip Leveque

Granny Storm Crow's list


Debate on Legalizing Marijuana on Anderson Cooper Live - CNN

Day 3 of Anderson Cooper's week-long cannabis special "America's High: The Case For and Against Pot".


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Daniel Johnson June 22, 2009 2:45 pm (Pacific time)

The difficulty with common sense is that it is not common.

Common Sense June 22, 2009 4:43 am (Pacific time)

Did we not learn anything from alcohol prohibition? Marijuana prohibition has been an indisputable failure. Legalize it and take the money out of the black market. Marijuana is less dangerous than either alcohol or tobacco yet both of those substances are legal (and should be). Every year our prison system releases violent offenders to make room for non-violent pot smokers. That is just plain insanity. Think of how better society would be served if our law enforcement efforts were directed more towards dealing with violent individuals. We would also save BILLIONS of dollars on prosecution costs and jail expenses every year. There is also substantial evidence indicating marijuana has numerous medical uses as well. We need to look at this issue using nothing more than basic common sense. Isn't it time to drop the "Reefer Madness" stupidity?

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