Marijuana: Watch CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Sunday, August 11 at 8 pm ET

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Once considered a more underground activity, marijuana has become increasingly popular over the years, resulting in legalization to grow, sell and smoke it in states like Colorado and Washington.  Cannabis has become one of the most controversial topics in America, but just decades ago it was a legitimate medication on U.S. formulary.  No matter the circumstance, the debate over marijuana still exists and one question remains the same.  Is marijuana bad for you or, could it actually be good for you?

In “Weed” – a one hour documentary premiering on Sunday, August 11th at 8 pm ET – CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta spends nearly a year traveling the globe to shed light on the debate.

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While it is part of a lifestyle for some, it is a lifeline for others including five-year-old Charlotte Figi.  Charlotte suffers from a rare condition called Dravet’s syndrome, making her prone to up to 300 seizures per week.  Like many people who use marijuana for medicinal purposes, parents Paige and Matt Figi tried every other option before resorting to this type of prescription.  Sanjay follows their journey.

Sanjay takes you to Colorado where weed dispensaries and pot cafes have become the norm.  Dealers, doctors, users – Gupta meets with various people, like the Figis, offering a raw insight to what’s been dubbed “The Green Rush.”  He also talks to experts about whether marijuana can be addictive—and whether it can contribute to long-term damage in the brain.

Sanjay’s final stops are in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where he meets with some of the pioneers behind marijuana study, offering access to decades of innovative and cutting-edge research.

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog, though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink booze, or do any other "drugs." I consider myself living proof that weed is not a gateway drug - If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math), I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be.

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  • Rudy Haugeneder

    He’s wrong about today’s marijuana. The late 1960s home-grown planted in a field was great marijuana. The modern science created super-high-test stuff is anti-medicine and a serious threat to the mental and physical health of many tokers.
    Bring back the 1960s medicine weed. It was perfect.
    Those selling anything else should be arrested and locked away for very long periods, or deported, including Sanjay Gupta if he keeps pushing marijuana that weakened(s) the mind(s) of current, past and future presidents who, of course, say they’ve never inhaled deeply, but whose eyes glaze over like dew flattened grass during stressful Administration decision.

  • alex brown

    Hi my name is Alex is really should be legal I’m 26 yrs old and have had ulcers for 15yrs I have been on nine different medications for it and nothing helps without pot I would be puking every day I can’t take any meds for pain not even a tylenol because pain killers are ncids I have been fired from my job because of pot that I legitimately use for medical reasons I just don’t understand why this is such a issue its even been used on infants for tumors it is the safest thing out there I think its wrong to go after this HERB as if its meth I can’t get a job where I live because I use it for my stomach

  • http://none john copage

    Although I neither smoke anything nor drink alcohol, I applaud Dr. Sanjay Gupta for being considerate of those who benefit from marijuana. I am a senior citizen that has no need for any drug, neither pharmacutical nor over the counter. Those that criticize Dr. Gupta probably have done nothing to stop the violence of real drug trafficers.

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