Sanjay Gupta backs medical marijuana, apologizes for previous views
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
One of America's most prominent doctors says he has shifted his stance in support of medical marijuana.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent at CNN and a CBS News contributing medical correspondent, wrote a post today on CNN.com called, "Why I changed my mind on weed," in which he describes his change of heart that occurred while filming a documentary, aptly titled, "Weed."
"Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive," wrote Gupta. "Well, I am here to apologize."
Gupta says he was too dismissive of the "loud chorus" of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved with help from medical marijuana. He now says, "I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance [a category of dangerous drugs] because of sound scientific proof."
"They didn't have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true," wrote Gupta, citing patient cases including a 3-year-old whose seizures were dramatically reduced from 300 a week to three a month with medical marijuana's help.
He adds that marijuana does not have a high potential for addiction compared to cocaine, or even cigarettes.
Gupta is a faculty member in the department of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and in 2009, reports suggested he was offered the post of Surgeon General by President Barack Obama.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com
L.A. County's 1st Dispensary Shut Down
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, August, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
An Inglewood marijuana dispensary that was the first pot shop in Los Angeles county, according to its owner, was shut down by police today and will likely close for good, he told the Weekly.
Paul Scott of IMCC Wellness Center says numerous police officers showed up shortly after 1 p.m. and raided his store. He told us that cops at the scene said the other dispensaries in Inglewood -- he estimated there were 3 of them -- would also be put out of business today:
Scott said he was led to believe the city, under mayor and former Santa Monica police Chief James T. Butts, decided to essentially outlaw cannabis outlets within its jurisdiction following a California Supreme Court ruling last year that allows municipalities to do just that.
"I guess they decided they no longer want medical marijuana in the city of of Inglewood," he said. "That's sad."
Scott says his shop at 318 S. Market St. opened in 1999. In 1996 the voters of California legalized medical marijuana. The store owner, 50, says he was also a board member for second pot shop in the state, one that opened in Oakland in the mid-1990s.
Scott, who's living with HIV, said he was inspired to open his store because patients like him were suffering and unable to easily access cannabis in Inglewood.
Read more: http://blogs.laweekly.com
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Lawmakers In Mexico City To Consider Legalizing Cannabis Next Month
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, August, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
Mexico City’s Federal District City Council, and Mayor Miguel Mancera, announced recently that talks will begin in September regarding the potential reformation of Mexico City’s cannabis policies.
According to the announcement, lawmakers in September will debate the health, economic and security aspects of cannabis, including the possibility of legalizing the substance for medicinal, or even recreational uses.
One of the changes lawmakers will consider is legislation announced in June - to be filed in September – which would legalize the possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis, as well as private home cultivation.
“We will be very responsible in this debate,” stated Manuel Granados, chair of the city council’s governance committee, “In Mexico City we agree on replacing criminal policies with health policies. We are ready to hold this debate and, at the right time, to legislate”.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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