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Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports premieres Sunday, 8/11 8p ET

Premieres on CNN Sunday, August 11 at 8 pm ET

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.

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.

Weed:  Sanjay Gupta Reports will replay Sunday, August 11th at 11:00 pm ET and Monday, August 12th at 2:00 am ET.

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  1. GotRadiation

    How about some reporting on the radiation contamination in the Pacific Ocean from Japan's ongoing Nuclear meltdowns? CNN should do a report on the lack of testing of fish and other foods in the Pacific Ocean.

    August 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. KC Stark we'd like to thank Dr. Sanjay Gupta's team for visiting and wish them the best as they lift the veil from 76 years of 'reefer madness.' We the people, the American people have voted and acted in accordance with the founding fathers principles in mind. By using the power of the vote, Colorado (and 19 other States) have decriminalized marijuana possession, use, and consumption. Let's end the insanity of cannabis Prohibition together. All it takes is your vote. Join us.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Seth Green

    I am getting ready to be published in my first magazine. I suffer from a Stroke Cerebral Palsy Seizures an Multiple Sclerosis. At the age of 13.... Started to have 60-80 seizures in a week. Since i learned about Medical Marijuana, an have found the strain (CBD), I have not had a seizure in 6 months. Cannabis has changed my life. To where i can live a normal life an not have to worry about going outside an not having anxiety, depression, The Cannabis has made my right side of my body loose, where it stays tight caused from Cerebral Palsy, an i can move my arm an leg better. I an be more Independent now. I can get a job hopefully an continue my journey on getting help an to help others as well educate the people.

    August 6, 2013 at 6:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jeremy

    This plant has made my life better. I use it for chronic pain, and anxiety. I had to learn the proper way to use it medicinally and will never take a pill again for the rest of my life. It is natures finest creation, and it should be a natural right to use it.

    August 6, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse | Reply

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