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US NV: Column: It's High Time To Whack Weed War


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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n452/a11.html

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Pubdate: Mon, 02 Sep 2013

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)

Copyright: 2013 Creators Syndicate

Contact: http://www.reviewjournal.com/about/print/press/letterstoeditor.html

Website: http://www.lvrj.com/

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/233

Author: Debra J. Saunders, Creators Syndicate

Page: 7B




CNN's Dr.  Sanjay Gupta admitted last month, during the rollout for his documentary "Weed," that he had been wrong in his opposition to medical marijuana.  Gupta reported on research that demonstrated the proven benefits of marijuana in treating neuropathic pain.  Medical marijuana was the only drug that helped a 5-year-old girl with Dravet syndrome live without constant seizures.  It calmed the constant hiccuping of a 19-year-old.  Israelis use it to treat Parkinson's disease and other ailments.


Gupta took on the federal government's classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug - drugs that have no accepted medical use but have a high potential for abuse.  ( Heroin also is a Schedule I drug.  Methamphetamine is Schedule II.  ) Gupta now believes that classification is an outrage.


The doctor didn't say marijuana is all good.  He cited research that found that regular use by teens can lead to a permanent decrease in IQ.  But Gupta could find no documented case of a death from a marijuana overdose, whereas someone dies every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 80,000 Americans die each year from excessive alcohol use.


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