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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


      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––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
  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. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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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    July 25, 2013 at 2:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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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