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June 17th, 2013
11:04 PM ET

Piers Morgan and Morgan Spurlock on medical marijuana and "Inside Man"

With CNN's brand new program "Inside Man" set to debut this Sunday, on Monday evening Piers Morgan invited his namesake and new colleague Morgan Spurlock to join him in studio for a live interview.

The host and producer of the original series, Spurlock will spend each of his eight episode's offering a "deep-dive into pressing issues facing the U.S." This weekend's premier episode covers the medical marijuana industry, and appearing on "Piers Morgan Live," he offered some of his insights:

"What I was really intrigued by is the number of people who came in there, who for years had been strung out on countless medication," he says, speaking of his stint as an employee inside a California medical marijuana dispensary. "We live in a country that medicates everything. You go to a doctor, suddenly we're going to give you a pill for whatever the problem may be."

Spurlock detailed cases in which the marijuana helped those who took it as directed:

"There were people who were on six, seven different medications, that once they started going to the clinic, taking whatever cannabis they were prescribed by the doctor, suddenly they're off all this medication. Soldiers who were coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan who were so medicated they couldn't even function around their family members, couldn't even connect with them. Now suddenly can have a life back."

Though allowing that such an example is a positive, the man behind "Super Size Me" also explained what one might describe as the problems with pot:

"A lot of folks that we spoke to who were kind of anti the campaign, they feel like, suddenly it's going to be the 60's again and kids are going to be out just wanting to get high, and not wanting to go to school, and we're going to become a lazy bunch of people who just sit around and eat Twinkies all the time."

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  1. David Hinson

    MR. Morgan your personal views on gun control is missing the real reason ,We have a high rate in gun deaths in this country! For 1 It is gangs that's 90% of it 2 is sick in the head people, that has been let out of the hospitals with a hand full of meds they will not our forget to take ,Our there family will turn a blind eye to !

    June 18, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Telka

      OMG HES TOTALLY GOING TO READ THIS TOO!!

      June 18, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Josh Smith

      This special was incredibly enlightening!! But what is even more cool is that you can invest in publicly traded companies that deal with the MMJ business model. The true profit potential has not even been realized yet–so it could easily be in the billions annually. A really good company to look into is medical greens–www.medicalgreens.com–it goes by the ticker sign SKTO. They just started up the company in March 2013 but their business plan is to be consultants to collectives in California to ensure that collectives are following the regulations. it is brilliant and they already made 5 million in profits in their first quarter which was only three weeks! the chairman of the board is Kevin Allyn who is a veteran of the entertainment industry–he will be interviewed by a CNN favorite Larry King in the near future to talk more about the MMJ movement and plans for medical greens. If you want to make a lot of money i'd suggest in investing in SKTO!

      June 24, 2013 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. David Hinson

    Pot ! needs to legal and taxed and thin the Government can stop paying China 600 Bill a year to ! And that will cut half of all drugs that come from Mexico that in it self will cut gun deaths down to 50% !

    June 18, 2013 at 1:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pete

      While I agree with your basic premise, have you considered the possibility that you may be mentally retarded?

      June 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Non Idiot

        Try to catch up, everything he said was accurate.

        June 21, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    After the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Marijuana Patient to Patient tranfers illegal dispensaries throughout the state were forced to close their doors. During the aftermath I created http://SCRIP.ME to test the waters, so far the response has been great and proves there is a demand for not only cannabis but for caregivers as well.

    June 18, 2013 at 1:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimbo

      Cannabis inspires much needless fear in 'family values themed' groups. Mothers Against Drunk Driving carries a lot of sway and have focused on medpot abuse as a giant target.
      When Ultra Conservative Pat Robertson comes out in favour of legal pot and encourages medical use vs prescribed pharma ..... you know this subject has matured beyond simple sitcom jokes. Just legalize it, find something else for Cops to beat peoples heads in over. Drug laws are focused at non white and poor demographics and grossly unfair in targeting .
      I am completely disgusted with Pat Kennedy (disgraced Oxy addict and former congressman) taking a 'for pay' stance against medical marijuana even though he never used pot but feels its a danger to his kids.

      June 19, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. knowa

    The Feds spend $180,000 a day going after State Legal Medical Cannabis.

    June 18, 2013 at 6:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. citizenUSA

    This is stuff we've known for years. Not enough PROPER media coverage. You hear more about pot in Sit Coms.

    June 18, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimbo

      My Canadian Doctor (also licensed in US) attended a physicians working seminar in Ohio on prescribing details for Medical
      Cannabis. He came away puzzled as a serious matter was giggled and guffawed by 'professionals' more intent on learning how to extract income from state laws than in determining dosing or efficacy.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • wirenut

        Jimbo I have found there are 2 types of doctors Some are in there profession for nothing but profit and could care less actually the best interest of the patient the actually likes to help people. that conference was for the first group.

        June 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Caroline Fletcher

    Well, let's see, millions have been smoking pot for years and they work, have homes, boats, vacations, etc and they certainly do not sit around eating twinkies all day. The Drug companies will lose huge revenues when pot is legalized and they don't want that to happen. Dumb bunnies, they should have jumped on the cannabis wagon to provide it to patients.

    June 18, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ModerateConservative

    This has bad written all over it. Primarily, all those who currently smoke tobacco will move to cannabis. To answer his last question – yes, legalization of marijuana will indeed encourage more people to smoke marijuana. Most smokers nowadays are NOT the 14/15 year-olds who he described; they are not ones who want to get anywhere near the "underworld" and smoke illegal substances. However, once you make that legal, they will move to marijuana, and the current marijuana smokers or future "wildcards" will move to more dangerous substances. And the thing is that there's no end to it. First people ask for legalization of marijuana, soon it will be cocaine. Might as well just allow people to do anything they want now wouldn't you? Anyone can smoke whatever they want, who cares. We need to draw a line at tobacco. Although it is harmful, it does not interfere with daily activities like all the other drugs (i.e. – marijuana yields to being high). Would you want more people on the road to be high? Would you want parenting to be destroyed because parents are high? Yes, there are adults that use marijuana right now, but do we want to create more and condone it?

    June 18, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • NB

      You really haven't studied any of the scientific studies on marijuana have you? Let me guess, you got all your info from "Reefer Madness"?

      June 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Justin

        I'm a medical Iarijuana patient myself who was once taking a total of 33 PRESCRIBED prescription pills per day for my brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other issues related to those injuries. I had to take these prescriptions due to a high speed motorcycle accident in 2010 in order to have a mostly normal and pain free life, however these medications ended up causing tons of side effects, causing fatty liver, and leading me to take other medications to counteract those medications bad effects. I finally met a decent doctor and was told to switch to Marijuana, even though it's not legal for that purpose in my state yet. Not even two weeks after I'd weined off of my prescription medications and switched to marijuana only my side effects have all dissapeared and my pain and muscle spasm issues have been MUCH MUCH better and more controllable. It's my firm belief, as well as those of my doctor, and many other medical marijuana patients and supporters I know's belief that the only reason marijuana is legal is because of lobbyist and the fact that the legality of marijuana makes our wonderful senators and congressmen and women so much money its ridiculous. But that's what happens I suppose when Marijuana would decrease the profits of and possibly even eliminate the use of many legal and prescription drugs as well as many illegal ones. But the government doesn't make money from fines, taking marijuana users belongings in raids and selling them, and from the lobbyists working for tobacco, prescription, and alcohol companies and supporters. It's a very stacked battle, I'm just glad some states are finally seeing the light and aren't so currupt that their eyes are blind to the truth. Hopefully someday soon it will be legal everywhere, the sooner the better.

        June 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Tobacco does not interfere with your daily activities. Try not using tobacco then tell me how your day is going.

      June 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • AlsoModerateConservative

      Your'e argument here is completely based on opinion...how or from where you developed this opinion is beyond me (probably related to baby-boomers who were subjected to intense, yet false goverment propaganda from the 50's). I smoke daily, yet I do not smoke cigarettes. I have a great job, and contribute to the community. The vast majority of people who want to smoke marijuana are going to do it whether it's leagal or not (I'm not talking about medical users) and THAT is the truth. With proper regulation (similar to alchohol), there would very little impact on society as a whole. And if more people end up using marijuana, that means they probably are not going to consume as much alchohol, which is a GLORIOUS thing (anyone who's ever had a cross-buzz knows what I'm talking about). People tend to forget that alcholol cuases far, far more health problems, accidents, violence (domestic and otherwise), and unintended pregnancies than marijuana ever has or ever will, period. There is NO reason whatsoever that it should not be legal, but somehow, our govement was able to make up their own reasons and fool the entire county...and most of the world. Why? Because legalization is a threat to big tobacco companies. And hemp is another issue completely, how many trees/land could we save by allowing hemp to be used for paper, shopping bags, clothes, etc? The benefits of legalization outweigh the negative impacts by a factor of about 1000. Do the research, do the math.

      June 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stewart

      Wow. Just wow. It is better to keep quite and have people assume you're an idiot than to write what you just wrote and prove it outright! Cannabis is in no way shape or form a gateway drug. The only reason many considered it to be so was because it was lumped in with the underworld of ALL illegal drugs and was selling along side of cocaine and other illegal 'harder' drugs. Legalize it and it's exactly – AND I DO MEAN EXACTLY – the same as alcohol. In fact, it's 100X more safer than alcohol. But in theory you will be left with a legal market for both production/cultivation and distribution/retail. And just like beer – you will have a few that enjoy home brewing or in this case home growing. Now then...go read about CBD's and THCA....that's a good starting point for a novice like you!

      June 18, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Don

        Ask any highway patrolman is cannabis is a gateway drug and he'll say "hell yeah". "Once I smell pot, that's MY gateway to untold powers and authority. I have the right to conduct a legal search, so fer sure pot is a gateway drug. Don't want to lose that gateway either."

        June 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      I'm a medical user. I used to get 3-4 completely debilitating migraines each month. I'm talking extreme sensitivity to ALL senses, movement etc.. vomiting and nausea, visual artifacts, not to mention the most excruciating pain you've probably never felt. Last february, I had one that lasted almost a month and a half. I literally thought about killing myself after a few weeks of waking up every day feeling like my head was full of jackhammers.

      I've had MRIs, cat scans, etc.. no doctor has been able to find a concrete cause of these migraines, but Maxalt seemed to do a decent job at quelling the symptoms about 2/3 of the time, and Promethazine would squash the nausea.. but the combination of the two would make me drowsy. On top of that, it was $300 for 6 pills.

      Now, I grow my own medicine, and I smoke a little in the morning and some at night. (sometimes I enjoy a little more too!) Ever since I started smoking (and vaporizing/eating/etc) regularly, I haven't had one single migraine. Not one.

      It's completely ridiculous that the federal government refuses to recognize any medical potential when there are hundreds of thousands of cases just like mine, of lives that have legitimately been changed for the better because of marijuana, and yet doctors can prescribe things like amphetamine to kids.

      June 19, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jimbo

      Outright nonsense. Every country that has decrimed or legalized has seen prices for the drug and actual drug
      use rates plunge. Portugal, Germany, Holland, Slovakia and Spain. Even drug battle zones like Columbia and Peru
      are admitting pot laws don't work and moving to a legalization and gov't sale model with great effect.
      What happens to teens when pot is legal? They tend to ignore it as its no longer 'cool' or considered forbidden fruit.

      So, how is the war on drugs working out? 35 years on it must have been won by now?

      June 19, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • smartestpersonintheworld

      You're the type of person that I can just smoke pot and laugh at hysterically all day.

      June 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • irlfannphx

      WOW... ModerateConservative.... that's one of the most ill-informed posts I've ever read on this subject and it's THOSE types of opinions that will DOOM legalization. As a CONSERVATIVE who's involved in the party, and in so doing have faced NUMEROUS ill informed arguments on cannabis. I'd like to address your arguments one at a time if I may?

      1) This has bad written all over it. Primarily, all those who currently smoke tobacco will move to cannabis

      A) There is ZERO evidence showing a correlation between Legalized Marijuana and Tobacco smokers SWITCHING to Cannabis. Secondly, if they DID happen to switch, we'd be a MUCH healthier nation. Marijuana smokers have better lungs and better lung capacity than does a NON Cannabis smoker.... Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/035980_cannabis_smokers_cancer.html

      2) "...To answer his last question – yes, legalization of marijuana will indeed encourage more people to smoke marijuana."

      A) Again I'd like to see something OTHER than your opinion showing a correlation between the two. I've searched and searched and can't find ANYTHING credible to prove your point.

      3) "... Most smokers nowadays are NOT the 14/15 year-olds who he described; they are not ones who want to get anywhere near the "underworld" and smoke illegal substances."

      A) In Colorado, the Average age of Medical Marijuana patients are 40-45 yrs. of age and that stays fairly consistent across the Demographics of OTHER Medical Marijuana states. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/american-weed/articles/weed-facts/

      This study goes even further to show that THREE-QUARTERS of American HS Graduates have tried Marijuana in their lives. It will also show that although NOT the TOP age bracket for users, the number is by no means negligible. It shows that 11% of adults 50+ have used it within the last year. http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Marijuana#sthash.sgsZKUTg.dpbs

      4) "...However, once you make that legal, they will move to marijuana, and the current marijuana smokers or future "wildcards" will move to more dangerous substances."

      A) Where the HELL did you get that? From the same paper as above "Analysis of the demographic and social characteristics of a large sample of applicants seeking approval to use marijuana medically in California supports an interpretation of long term non problematic use by many who had first tried it as adolescents, and then either continued to use it or later resumed its use as adults. In general, they have used it at modest levels and in consistent patterns which anecdotally-often assisted their educational achievement, employment performance, and establishment of a more stable life-style. These data suggest that rather than acting as a gateway to other drugs, (which many had also tried), cannabis has been exerting a beneficial influence on most."

      Source:
      Thomas J O'Connell and Ché B Bou-Matar, "Long term marijuana users seeking medical cannabis in California (2001–2007): demographics, social characteristics, patterns of cannabis and other drug use of 4117 applicants," Harm Reduction Journal, (November 2007).

      http://www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/pdf/1477-7517-4-16.pdf

      - See more at: http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Marijuana#sthash.sgsZKUTg.dpuf

      In contrast to what you're stating. It has been PROVEN that ALCOHOL is the gateway drug... NOT Cannabis! Only 3% of Cannabis smokers will EVER move on to harder drugs.... Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/036541_alcohol_gateway_drug_marijuana.html

      5) Would you want more people on the road to be high?

      A) Nobody condones "Drunk/Drugged driving". However, if we're gonna have it, I'd MUCH rather have the Cannabis user on the road than I would the Drunk! NUMEROUS recent studies have shown that the Cannabis user is a "SLOWER & SAFER" driver than NON cannabis users!!! That's not just against Alcoholics either! Source: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDcQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.propertycasualty360.com%2F2012%2F04%2F09%2Fstudy-weed-smokers-are-slower-safer-drivers&ei=AJjEUYn0J8vdqQHdsIHYCA&usg=AFQjCNFKPkSy1Sah0apbluqmiuniszKmNA&sig2=te1pG3ipLBkZiiCnFddvRQ&bvm=bv.48293060,d.aWM

      6) TOBACCO is Addictive,

      A) Cannabis is in NO WAY addictive! NO WAY! It CAN be habitual but if you run out of Cannabis, your body's NOT going to go into "Withdrawals". You MAY become a bit agitated and maybe even a bit of an ASS, for a day or two. But alluding to the fact that Cannabis is in ANY way an "Addictive Drug" like Tobacco, Opioids, etc... is starting the argument off with a FALSE PREMISE! But you won't have PHYSICAL WITHDRAWALS with Cannabis that come ANY WHERE CLOSE to those you'd suffer from quitting smoking tobacco.

      A) The Cannabis user

      June 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emerald Laughter

      You want people to smoke poison, but not medicine? There is nothing Conservative about the BIG Government War on Drugs. Prohibition is an abject failure. How much more money do you want to spend on perpetual failure?

      June 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • moderateconservative

      Yes, more people will smoke marijuana if it legalized. So what? Marijuana smokers are irresponsible, irresponsible people make bad parents, therefore legalizing marijuana will make more bad parents. Bad logic – tobacco smokers are bad parents – ever see a kid trapped in a car with a smoking adult? Perfectly legal. Have you ever seen a parent getting drunk in front of their kids – I don't mean having a glass of wine but getting truly drunk? Perfectly legal. Bad parents are everywhere. If marijuana was legal, I still would not smoke it front of my kids; I might smoke it but not in front of my kids – the same way I don't do shots of whiskey or smoke cigars in front of them.

      June 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mike

    I think of pot like I think of alcohol (except with less health risk). There are always those people that abuse it, but then there are also those who can use it responsibly. I don't think that pot is good thing for the average joe or jane; it causes lethargy, and at times intense gluttony, not to mention it's an expensive habit. But even given the downsides, I don't think it should be illegal. To use it occasionally, like alcohol is meant to be used, is just fun. To me, the health benefits are just an excuse, kind of like saying video games help develop hand-eye coordination

    June 18, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Loren

    Whether it is marijuana, other presciption drugs, alcohol, caffeince or dozens of other addictive substances, there will always be a percentage of the population that is incapable of functioning in society without there crutches. The choice that we have to make as a society is whether to criminalize these behaviors or not. The last one hundred years have shown repeatedly how ineffective criminalization is, and how control is the best means to minimize the risk. While I personally find it sad that so many people's lives have been ruined by addiction, criminalization has only made it worse. Let's hope some sense comes to our politicians and they face the reality of mankind rather than continue to live in their distorted notion of it.

    June 18, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Bob

    First off, calling a drug dealer's grow house a "clinic" is a bit absurd.

    And second, I don't for one second buy into all this "I was on tons of pills and weed magically cured me" nonsense. Weed helps with anxiety and can chill people out, but weed is no miracle drug. Its uses are limited. Weed makes my glaucoma worse. After smoking it I can't see myself doing anything for the rest of the day.

    The reality is the vast majority of people who get medical marijuana don't really need it to treat any sort of legitimate medical condition, they just want to get high. I'm fine with people getting high, but it's silly that they pretend like this is some sort of legitimate clinic where they're selling pot brownies for medicinal purposes only.

    June 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Raub Kay

      But what about the topical application of a cream high in CBD content (NOT THC), which (for me) decreases arthritic pain and swelling. This does not get me high. Topically applied does not get anyone high, it simply provides symptomatic relief.

      June 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Raub Kay

        For example, something like docgreens dot org. Don't forget the "s".

        June 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgillis86

      Buddy, marijuana is a miracle drug! It's applications are endless, maybe you should have tried a different strain if the weed you were smoking was making you not want to do anything. Indica and Sativa those are two very different strains, please do more research on the medical marijuana movement! Alcohol kills people everyday but yet it's sold at almost every store, tobacco kills more people everyday and nicotine is one of the most addictive substances next to caffeine (also sold everywhere) the reason why these things are sold is for population control! Marijuana has killed approximately No One, which is a reason we won't legalize. Colorado and Washington in the coming years will show the benefits of legal marijuana for all human kind. Yes I am a stoner but for all the right reasons, please do more research and everyone do not give up the fight!

      June 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • chris

      Ok, so for you it's not right. The nice thing about something being legal, is that doesn't make it mandatory!

      For some people (like me), it has literally changed lives. Since I started ingesting mj (smoke/vape/whatever), I have not had ONE single migraine. I used to get 3-4 completely debilitating migraines each month. I've almost lost jobs because of it.. when you miss almost 1/4 of the work days in a month, it puts your employer in a tough spot. Since I started smoking, I haven't missed a single day of work from a migraine, because I don't get them! I'm productive as ever at work.

      There are so many different strains and methods of use.. what is right for one person might not be right for another. You gotta find what works for you.. and if that's not MJ at all, no biggie. But that's not a reason to prevent other people from trying, and possibly finding a cure for what ails them..

      June 19, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. joe canfield

    everybody judges everyone else. what up? the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living are non resistance, non judgement and non attachment. and you will listen to me because you are a pot smoker and so am i. honor the weed dude. peace

    June 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Joey

    I hope it does become like the 60's. Pot smokers were anything but lazy Twinkie eaters back then, we damn near started a revolution! I think that's what these ultraconservative groups are really afraid of. They know that weed brings people together and it makes people think, and nothing is scarier to the current power structure than a large group of people who can think for themselves.

    June 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Tabz

    To start off, I'm a teenager. Will legalization make it easier for teens my age to get marijuana? Ha. I could just walk outside for christ's sake. I would worry more about the youth drinking or getting into drugs than experimenting with marijuana. This is something that honestly should have been taken care of decades ago. Really, it's something that shouldn't have become a problem in the first place. The country is spending millions and millions of dollars every years combating a plant. A plant. Now, I could understand the fight if this plant was something deadly. In 5,000 years of usage, not one death. Not one. The chemicals in the foods you eat probably have more potential of killing you than marijuana does.

    June 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Soldier Fish

    Piers – Until YOU try Marijuana you will have absolutely no idea what it does. You can ask others why they use it and what it does but you will have no idea for yourself. By listening to you tonight – You actually think it is dangerous – Far from it. The Native Americans used it in their "Peace Pipes' – WHY? – It gives you peace. No one wants to do "bad" when using it. You call it dangerous – WHY? – because you believe what this corrupt government says about it – LIES – LIES and more LIES. Do yourself a favor Piers – just try it. You will never believe this government again.

    June 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Carolyn Gray

    One of the issues not discussed tonight was keeping the private prisons in business. No doubt, sadly, I think, much of the drug issue revolves around that industry. What happens to that industry if pot is legalized?

    June 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Steven McFarland

    This is amazing that we are finally getting out to inform people about the benefits of medical marijuana! I have been invested in a company Medical Greens that has the ticker simple SKTO and has focused on this emerging market. The great part is that it is making investors aware of the benefit it provides for patients that need it. This industry is expanding and my investment is strictly in Medical Marijuana so I invested in SKTO who is providing services to help those that are doing great work for many people I know who struggle with pain and cancer and Cannabis was the only thing that helped them.

    June 23, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Josh Smith

      Cool to see another follower/invesor in the great publicly traded company medical greens!! SKTO is the ticker!! These guys are based in california and have amazing people running it. Kevin Allyn a hollywood veteran, Jeff Benz an acclaimed attorney who also is an on air commentator for foxsports, and george jones-the ceo of borders books as the adviser! they are going help expand MMJ because their whole business model is about promoting regulation. Collectives need to be non profit so they are a for profit consulting company very similar to the business model of profitable companies doing services and consulting for the non profit hospitals!

      June 24, 2013 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. spremlock

    What is astonishing to me is the large number of sick young people who need medical marijuana . Imagine needing medicine 5 times a day or more in your early 20's . I think it would be better to find a cure the root cause of all this sickness in the youth of california rather than treating the symptoms with marijuana .

    June 24, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Lipschitz

    Is anyone else as tired of Morgan Spurlock as I am? I liked his supersize me program (informative and entertaining). I'm just bored of the guy. My feelings only.

    June 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. TobaccoLobbyist

    Marijuana is NOT physically addictive. Scientific fact. Split hairs as much as you'd like. Interestingly, American Christian values state that any pleasure derived from a source that isn't "God sanctioned" is sin. They are obviously quite comfortable with lying and telling you there is a God without any evidence to support that "belief" so telling you lies about marijuana is frankly, easy for them. The drug "expert" and Dr. Drew are simply ignorant, ill informed profiteers. Kennedy is a paid-for lobbyist/talking head. Great job on the "balanced" panel Piers. Pfffft......have another drink.

    June 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  21. Kevin

    Stoner jokes & Stereotypes aside. You're just FLAT WRONG. I really don't CARE if you believe my story or anyone elses for that matter. My DOCTOR as well as myself KNOW the TRUTH and if YOU don't believe me? It doesn't mean a TINKERS Damn to my health. Until you can SUSTAIN the injuries that MANY of us have, Then become ADDICTED to all the OPIATES etc... that we're required to take. ALL the pills we've had to endure just in order for us to have SOME SEMBLANCE of a life without pain. Yet we're UNABLE to carry on a conversation with ANYONE w/out falling a sleep or slobbering on ourselves. I was taking MANY MORE than the 33 pills HE had to take, due to a Spinal Chord injury. Which ironically(Opiates) KILLED ME TWICE & required that I have a Pacemaker/Defibrillator installed in my chest. Don't you think that if we're able to SAVE people from these DANGEROUS POISONS that KILL tens of thousands of people a year in America. Isn't that a SUCCESS? Marijuana has NEVER killed anyone by itself, yet R/x drugs are being stolen by KIDS right out of an UNLOCKED medicine cabinet! They're lulled into a FALSE SECURITY about these R/x drugs because they come from a Doctor pour a Pharmacy they really can't hurt us. If I found MY kid smoking weed, I'd talk to them about it and advise them AGAINST using it until they're MATURE enough to make an INFORMED decision on IF they wanna smoke weed or not. But if I find her taking R/x drugs from my medicine cabinet? I'd BEAT HER w/in am INCH of her life w/an 8 foot belt that has SHARK HOOKS every 3 inches. What about all those

    July 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Chuck1up

    It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant people can be to something that is totally natural,been around since evolution and if they would have taken a minute to do some research,might have found it had already been used for that centuries ago. Let me give you a perfect example;I am a 53 yr old male that developed a seizure condition about 12-13 yrs ago from a car accident I had in my early 20's that resulted in a severe head injury.(my head hit the steel gear shift hard enough to bend it in half!) I was in a coma for a few weeks,came out,left side of body needed therapy because of right side head injury but after about six months back to normal.It took almost 30yrs for the scar tissue to build up inside my brain from head injury to cause the seizures,then seizure medicine to stop them.Seizure medicine with side effects,and after body gets adjusted to medicine,it stops working and neurologist has to try new medicine.I can usually stay on a seizure medicine for only about a year,two at best before it stops working.All of this and still having to put up with any of the side effects of the medicine.I did some research a little over a year ago and found even back in the days before they had medicine for any type of seizure,they were using cannabis.(the CBD's in the pot is what stopped the seizures)So I started smoking a little of the top quality weed after dinner each night(and even reduced the amount of pharmaceutical medicine I had been taking) cause I would still have an occasional seizure with that medicine alone anyway,and have NOT HAD A SEIZURE IN OVER A YEAR!! Now,somebody tell me that it does not have GOOD medicinal benefits to a person who needs it for a certain condition that regular conventional medicine will control effectively!

    October 6, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Ric Bates

    I just think that people don,t know how good it is for pain compared to pills.Seeing is believing.

    January 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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