Thank you, sanjay gupta

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  1. DdC

    DdC Member

    by Ed Rosenthal on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    I first learned of the medical use of marijuana in the early ’70s when a girlfriend tried it for cramps after reading of Queen Victoria’s use in a NORML ad. By 1996, when Prop. 215 passed in California, I had seen miraculous cures and relief of symptoms for all kinds of serious conditions experienced by clients at Dennis Peron’s dispensary in San Francisco.

    Since the advent of the Internet, anyone with the slightest interest in marijuana as medicine could easily find hundreds of studies, anecdotal evidence, and other reports showing marijuana’s efficacy for many medical conditions.

    However, Sanjay Gupta, as a celebrity doctor, was probably inundated with unsolicited reports, articles, personal testaments, peer-reviewed experiments, and O’Shaugnnessy’s: The Journal of Cannabis in Clinical Practice, as well as people who tried to engage Dr. Gupta in a discussion of the medicine—perhaps even some of his friends or college buddies, perhaps a few doctors. I would venture to guess that the collected pile of papers, books, and magazines he received over the years reached to his office ceiling. He would believe none of it.

    In the 17 years since medical marijuana was legalized he stood firm as opposed to or undecided about the herbal medicine despite the mounting evidence. I can’t say he never looked at the issue, but he remained adamant in his opposition to medical marijuana.

    He’s just apologized to the world for his misguided opinion — it was all the government’s fault. All the NIDA and DEA propaganda had him bamboozled, so bamboozled that he had no doubts about his blind opinion—not even enough doubt to pick up a research paper, or the government’s patent on CBD as medicine, or the many articles about its use for AIDS and MS.

    Almost everyone I spoke with about this was overjoyed at Dr. Gupta’s mea culpa. One gave him a B+ and another a C. I haven’t bothered to listen to it, because I’m way ahead of Sanjay. I knew marijuana was medicine decades ago. However, when you get over your happiness that the doctor has finally agreed with your diagnosis, you will see that he placed himself in a very difficult position and inadvertently stained his own reputation.

    The doctor’s claim that he has just seen the light is hard for me to believe. He must be living in the same isolated tower where you can find the Supreme Court members. Even so, we will take him on his word. That means that for the last 17 years (or more — I’m just counting since California went medical) he had no interest in spending a few hours doing a little research on his own. He disregarded Dr. Grinspoon’s book, Marijuana Reconsidered. He disregarded all the personal testimonials people sent.

    So let me ask you a question. After seeing how long it took him to come up with a partially correct answer on marijuana, would you trust him as your personal doctor? It took him so long to accept a medicine that his patients (that is, his listening audience) already knew was exceptionally safe and very efficacious. Basically, this leaves his medical opinions and knowledge on issues other than marijuana open to question.

    As I was finishing this blog, a friend called and said he thought that Dr. Gupta knew marijuana was useful all along but was just looking for the right time to express his thoughts. So, rather than speaking medical truth, he allowed people to suffer. That is not the kind of doctor I would want to treat me.

    Then I started thinking about why he did it now if he knew the truth long ago. The answer is obvious — because he had to. The train has already left the station and 21 cars are rolling along, picking up numbers as marijuana speeds toward legalization. He knew he had to jump aboard or be left behind. Imagine that he withheld his approval for another two years; he would be laughed at. He and his opinions would be totally irrelevant.

    So thanks a lot, Dr. Gupta. You really roll with the hard issues. With brave people like you leading the way, medical marijuana would be legal in 2116. And when I need a doctor I’ll pass by your name for someone who is both competent and honest.

    It’s just too bad Americans have no shame. If so, then Dr. Gupta would have resigned as he apologized. He would spend his time contemplating the number of lives hurt by his shallow reporting and then use his fortune (estimated to be between $10 million and $20 million) doing restorative work.

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  2. It's now Ganjay Supta. :2thumbsup:
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    Thanks for nothing,,

  4. Yeah.. I totally don't get how marijuana can be considered a schedule 1 drug with no medical benefit when cocaine is schedule 2.
    Makes no sense and honestly if cocaine can be considered schedule 2 then so should every single one that was listed in what orison posted as schedule 1 (with mj being schedule 4 or 5)... but the rest should not be schedule 1 either because every single one of those listed DOES have a medical benefit.
  5. DdC

    DdC Member

    Incredible Impact of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Special
    CN: Tony Newman Huffington Post August 21, 2013 W.D.C.

    A little over a week ago, Dr. Sanjay Gupta aired a one hour CNN special on medical marijuana. The impact of his special and an op-ed that he wrote for CNN - where he apologized for his past opposition to medical marijuana - has been incredible!

    In the run-up to Gupta's CNN special, his op-ed made national news and was shared more than half a million times on Facebook. Just a few years ago, he came out against medical marijuana. Yet in his op-ed he expressed regret for not studying the issue more closely and for believing the government's propaganda. Read More...

    More Than 100 Seek To Open Medical Marijuana Shops

    Cheech and I are hangin' w/ one of the coolest dudes around: @drsanjaygupta!

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    more meaningless weed news ..


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