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June 25th, 2013
11:27 PM ET

Patrick Kennedy on the potential legalization of medical marijuana: "What I really worry about...[is] that more people will use"

As medical marijuana and the legalization of cannabis remain hotly contested issues that are interwoven throughout the fabric of America, on Tuesday evening Piers Morgan revisited his recurring "Gone To Pot" franchise, inviting a collection of experts and advocates, legislators and law enforcers to offer their insights and commentary.

Joining "Piers Morgan Live" via satellite, Patrick Kennedy revealed his recently changed perspective, as he had initially been in favor of permitting pot to be used for medical purposes, but has since adjusted his stance:

"I found out the facts, and the facts are my initial thinking was like most Americans, I didn't think it was any big deal. Frankly, I thought people who had cancer or some medical need – every member of my family has had cancer – so I wouldn't begrudge them using something to mitigate the effects of chemotherapy for example," Kennedy explained. "Piers, when I learned the truth about the impact of us going down this road towards legalization, it really occurred to me that my original position was wrong."

Admitting that he smoked pot as a teenager, Kennedy expressed his passion for stopping a potential problem before it ever has a chance to reach a dangerous level:

"My fight has been for mental health and against addiction and trying to treat addiction, but the best way to treat addiction is prevention," explained the former U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district. "What I really worry about with this reducing the kind of harm, perception of harm of marijuana, which is what's really out there now thanks to all this movement towards legalization, that more people will use."

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  1. Neill Franklin

    Patrick never answered my question regarding how prison assisted him with overcoming his addiction. Could it be because he has never been? The privileged are seldom subjected to the same level of enforcement as are people of color and the poor. Additionally, their communities are not subjected to running gun battles and drive-by shootings. They have high paying jobs, therefore, need not fight each other when peddling drugs among each other. Baltimore had 20 shootings over the week-end, resulting in eight murders. The arrests and the illegal searches have fractured police/community relationships. No police force can effectively solve violent crime without the assistance of the community. Enough already!

    If you truly want less marijuana and other drugs available to our children, then we must get the drug dealers off of the corners where they recruit children to sell to children. Free them from the environment responsible for the high rate of addiction and overdoes deaths we have today. That environment is prohibition.

    June 26, 2013 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cliff Schaffer

      Yes, I noticed his complete lack of an answer. I have used this same question on reformed addicts before and pointed out that, by their own standards, they should probably still be in jail. If you believe prohibition is the road to recovery for addicts then step and volunteer to do the time in prison. After all, it is for his own good.

      What is notable is that, even with all those prohibitionists outnumbering the rational people on that show, it was still very apparent that the prohibitionists knew they were playing defense at this point. They have had their butts kicked in this debate over the last twenty years and this is their swan song.

      Also had to laugh at them bringing up the old argument about how alcohol has a history in society and marijuana doesn't. Besides the fact that it really isn't true, and is just a veiled reference to the "degenerate races" mentioned in the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act - How in hell would that make a good excuse for all the carnage that alcohol causes?

      Prohibition either works or it doesn't. It doesn't depend on whether your grandparents smoked pot or drank beer. Prohibitionists have never been great thinkers.

      June 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • "Radical" Russ Belville

        Cliff, when I get that "alcohol has history / culture" talking point, I follow up with, "Oh, so it is a culture war, then, and the danger of the substance isn't as important as how many people use it for how long? Great! In the United States, we've had industrial hemp since 1611, medical cannabis since 1840, and a recreational 'reefer jazz' culture that pre-dates Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong. How many more years of culture does cannabis need?"

        June 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Adams

      As a former drug councilor, now retired. I'm against more young people having access to pot. It's like all the kids outside liquor stores, asking adults to buy them some booze. The slippery slope will show the bad idea of anything but medical marijuana. Teenagers have a hard enough time getting through school and dressing for success, to now have a clear path to getting pot off of adults. Plus the adults who raise kids in the shadow of drug use, will have a much harder time in life, than those raised around alcohol. Either is bad, but pot will make kids a loser, much faster. The enablers who live in a denial system, and think pot can do no wrong, are the part of the enablers of abuse towards kids. The really isn't anything social about kids on drugs, and parents who enable. Those who protest against the collateral damage of drone strikes, dismiss the collateral damage of a country who condones pot use. Any child lost to pot, is one too many. Legalizing pot is child abuse. As well as another element that will further overload the healthcare system.

      June 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • "Radical" Russ Belville

        So, your solution to the potential of a teenager asking an adult to buy him weed at the pot shop is to maintain the criminal control over marijuana production and distribution, where teenagers deal marijuana to other teenagers. Interesting.

        I'm wondering why nobody advocated that strategy to reduce teen cigarette and alcohol use? When I was a kid, among my peers, 90% tried booze and 70% tried cigarettes. Nowadays the figures are 70% and 40%, respectively. Why were we able to reduce teen use without arresting adults, especially considering how much more available and addictive those substances are?

        June 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        When start your comment with

        "As a former drug councilor"

        We all know right there your a professional dont care about kids you only care about your and colleagues budgets and pay cannabis no more forced drug treatment by the courts.......your a hypocrite your advocating destroying a teens future to save them in the present? Another thing you must be claim to be a drug councilor but dont have a clue what it really does and how much is already out there.........get a clue there is no such thing as a kid who cant get weed....send them to treatment they come out hooked on psych drugs and become non feeling keep up your hypocrisy

        June 27, 2013 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Neill Fanklin

        As a 33 year police officer, now retired, only because I knew I had to work hard at ending the worst social policy since slavery, I advise you to broaden your knowledge regarding the effects of prohibition upon society. I understand that you have a basis for your prohibition stance, but it is obviously quite limited. As one who knows the mechanics of the illicit drug trade and the strategies of those involved in the market, I can tell you beyond a reasonable doubt that marijuana prohibition makes marijuana and other drugs more accessible by children. Drug pushers hire kids to sell drugs to other children as a common practice, not by chance. With prohibition, we have created the worst possible environment for reducing drug abuse and addiction. This is the very same policy championed by the cartel and neighborhood gangs. You call this Smart Approaches to Marijuana?

        Additionally, I am appalled by folks like you, Patrick and Kevin who have complete disregard for the communities and families that have been devastated by the drug war. From over incarceration to murders, families have been shattered, contributing to another set of social challenges. Baltimore just had 28 shootings resulting in 10 murders within 5 days. In Mexico and US neighborhoods, people are prisoners within their own neighborhoods.

        A system of effective education and treatment without incarceration and violence will do wonders for this country. In addition to lower addiction rates, cops could spend more time addressing violent crimes and looking for missing children, crime would drop, millions of dollars would be saved and millions generated. Fewer arrest will translate to fewer people looked out of the job market, housing and student loans. The only losers here would be gangs, organized crime, the cartel and the people and corporations making billions in prisons and drug testing.

        June 27, 2013 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike Parent

        You were a Prohibitionist Parasite. Science has proven marijuana to be less dangerous and less addictive than caffeine so there is no need for rehab. AND what has your beloved prohibition done to keep substances out of the hands of minors? You just want people steered into your rehab facilities where they can get abused and tortured by the staff of these hell holes. (Google Sembler Rehab Teen) Addictiveness of Marijuana –‎

        June 27, 2013 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
      • drew

        pretty sure no one is talking about legalizing pot for kids. not that they need it have you been to a high school in the last 20 years? you dont keep kids off of drugs though by making criminals out of their parents. trust me it just doesnt work. legalize for adults, restrict for kids. just like beer. thats the only sane solution.

        June 27, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
      • daryl jensen

        the only way to keep marijuana from kids is to legalize and regulate, get that through your thick head, marijuana is readily available anywhere, it will not go away, wake up, the only thing wrong with cannabis is that it is illegal.

        June 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • malcolmkyle

        Prohibition­ has helped to make all manner of substances freely available in schools, and even prisons —how has that helped our kids?

        Prohibition has raised gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging —how has that helped our kids?

        Prohibition has creating a prison-for-profit synergy with drug-lords, terrorists, and corrupt law enforcement agencies —how has that helped our kids?

        Prohibition has removed many of our cherished and important civil liberties —how has that helped our kids?

        Prohibition has put many previously unknown and contaminated drugs on our streets —how has that helped our kids?

        Prohibition has escalating Murder, Theft, Muggings, and Burglaries —how has that helped our kids?

        Prohibition has overcrowded the courts and prisons, thus making it increasingly impossible to curtail the people who are really hurting and terrorizing others —how has that helped our kids?

        Prohibition has evolved local street gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, and with significant social and military resources at their disposal —how has that helped our kids?

        June 28, 2013 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Esoteric Knowledge

        Murdering people with drone attacks is the same as smoking marijuana?
        And if you smoke pot, it instantly makes you a "loser"?...How?
        I'd like to hear your explanation of your claims!

        June 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hipocrisy

        "As a former drug councilor, now retired. I'm against more young people having access to pot."

        Then you're really out of touch, because it's much easier to get weed on a high school/middle school campus than it is alcohol.

        July 1, 2013 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. J

    What in the world is Patrick Kennedy talking about?? Is he really blaming his past Cocaine, Prescription Drug and OxyContin addiction on Pot!?!?

    June 26, 2013 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • MedUser3445

      Patrick obviously suffers from some sort of dementia as result of his coke and alcohol abuse. His family fortune was amassed from illegal and legal sales of alcohol and he now dares deprive the sick and dying from fair access to pot contrary to the will of the
      majority of people?
      Who bought and paid for his consent, how much is the booze industry paying him for his addle brained 'opinion'?

      June 27, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • malcolmkyle

        Why don't we ask them?

        Ryan Donaghy, Chairman of the Board Donaghy Sales, LLC Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

        Ron Fowler, Immediate Past Chairman Liquid Investments, LLC Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

        Tom Reyes, Vice Chairman Crest Beverage, LLC; Gate City Beverage Distributors-San Bernardino; Harbor Distributing, LLC-Anaheim, Gardena, Santa Ana Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

        David "Duke" Reyes, Chief Financial Officer Crest Beverage, LLC; Gate City Beverage Distributors-San Bernardino; Harbor Distributing, LLC-Anaheim, Gardena, Santa Ana Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

        Peter Heimark, Secretary Heimark Distributing Co. Triangle Distributing Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

        Terence Fox, NBWA CA Director M.E. Fox and Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

        Travis Markstein, NBWA CA Director Markstein Beverage Co. Sacramento; Markstein Beverage Co. San Marcos Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

        Cherisse Alford, CBBD PAC Chair Alford Distributing, Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

        Jeff Jordano, Management Committee Member Pacific Beverage Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

        T.J. Louderback, Management Committee Member Anheuser-Busch In Bev Sales Inc. of Pomona and Antelope Valley, Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts
        etc. etc. etc.

        June 28, 2013 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. worldcares

    "Every member of your family has had cancer?"

    June 26, 2013 at 3:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. maine MMJ

    The Kennedy's made there money off alcohol, complete Hippocrates – otherwise they would donate all the blood money to charity

    June 26, 2013 at 7:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Neill Fanklin

      Keeping prohibition alive and breathing is a money making opportunity for both Kevin, Patrick and many others. Whether book writing, drug testing programs, consulting or advising "drug free" advocate organizations, to name a few, there's big money to be made in maintaining prohibition. Most of that money comes from our tax coffers, your pockets.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • knowa

        People need to Google groups like Drug free America and see where their money comes from and goes to.

        June 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • malcolmkyle

        Partnership for a Drug Free America

        Sources of Funding from 1988-91
        Extracted from Federal Tax Returns

        (figures are approximate)

        Pharmaceutical Firms

        J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Charitable Trusts - $1.1 million
        Du Pont - 125,000
        Proctor and Gamble Fund - 120,000
        Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation - 115,000
        Johnson & Johnson - 100,000
        Merck Foundation - 85,000
        Hoffman-LaRoche - 75,000

        Tobacco and Liquor Firms

        Phillip Morris - 125,000
        Anheuser-Busch - 100,000
        RJ Reynolds - 100,000
        American Brands - 100,000

        Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, criminally insane, or totally corrupt.

        June 28, 2013 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Neal Feldman

        Drug Free America?

        So now the products of Big Pharma, Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol are somehow not drugs?

        How does that even work?

        July 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neal Feldman

      'complete Hippocrates'?

      Somehow I do not think that word means what you think it means.

      July 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. mike

    Piers intentionally divert the conversation when Kennedy raise the issue of " why the war on drugs target only the minority".....why did he do that? i wanted to learn and see their views on this subject..are there any questions he is not allowed to entertain on his show?

    June 26, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Windy City

    ...Patrick Kennedy more than likely realizes the benefits of medical marijuana as it cures cancer and so many other other debilitating diseases. He can whitewash it all he wants but the fact of the matter is that it appears medical marijuana is a PROVEN successful medication providing relief and cures for many people.

    I haven't the slightest doubt that he is opposed to industrial hemp as well, as it would provide employment for the nation and produce thousands of useful items from paper to textiles and from health food sources to a sustainable BIOFUEL, which this country would benefit from. It is a better source of ethanol than corn.

    In this age of cyberspace, all one has to do is google, in quotes, the value of these two industries, "medical marijuana" and "industrial hemp", to discover that he is on the wrong side on this issue and may either willfully ignorant of the science of it all or is just protecting his own financial self-interests...

    June 26, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Patrick Kennedy

    Legalize Nature!!!!

    June 26, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Esoteric Knowledge

    What's terrible is some people like to talk down to young people as if they are miss informed about marijuana while the public listens to grow adults who have become hysterical over a plant and still parrot falsehoods from debunked studies like: marijuana causes a lowering of IQ.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Not Patrick Kennedy

    Patrick Kennedy wants to claim that the SAM approach is based on 'treatment not incarceration", but that is a lie. SAM advocates jail as an alternative to treatment. Nothing new to see here. Just the same old failed war on drugs.

    Kennedy was lucky enough to get away with doing hard drugs and crashing his car because he was a rich politician. The minority fodder for the dungeon industrial complex isn't so lucky.

    June 26, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cliff Schaffer

      It is jail only if you don't agree that you need treatment. It is the newer, kinder gentler way of sending people to jail. They don't send you to jail because you did drugs. They send you to jail because you didn't agree with them. I think everyone can see how much nicer that is.

      June 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Byron

    Marijuana has been used to wean people OFF of hard drugs and alcohol. And do you know that they use to treat people for marijuana addiction? They give them the active ingredient in marijuana, THC. YES that's right.

    June 26, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. mavonduri

    I simply believe that Mr. Kennedy and his political associates are being extremely narrow-minded. The fact that his family amassed their fortune during the First Prohibition (Alcohol), and that since the abolishment of Alcohol Prohibition the country has NOT lapsed into chaos should be a sign that the abolishment of the Second Prohibition (Cannabis) will have a similar or better effect.

    It has been my PERSONAL experience that the consumption of cannabis is far, FAR less dangerous, harmful and impairing than the consumption of alcohol, and though there will always be a small minority of people who will, shall we say, act out of turn, I believe that in a society wherein cannabis is legalized, taxed and regulated, the vast majority of of-age adults who choose to consume cannabis would do so responsibly and with respect to the law, and in turn state and the Federal Government will be able to take advantage of a new and perpetually-expanding market that will provide jobs and much-needed natural resources for our country and planet. The implementation of a simultaneous industrial hemp industry will help us reduce the effects of deforestation dramatically and allow for thousands of hemp-derived products from soaps to oils to ointments to fuels to, of course, clothing, paper and plastics, and countless other products and services.

    My home state of Florida in particular stands to gain an enormous swath of this growing market. Since the outbreak of canker in our orange crops in 1995 we, the so-called "orange capital" of the United States, have since fallen to dependence on tourism for the majority of our state's revenue, and now huge plots of agricultural land lay in disuse and in danger of being built over. With Florida's subtropical climate and rich, fertile soil composition, cannabis and industrial hemp alike could be ideally grown in these fields, and provide the nation with the highest-quality natural crop. I encourage the conservative Florida government, and URGE Governor Rick Scott, to consider legalization on these grounds, and would be happy to provide the legislature with copies of the Florida Responsible Introduction of Cannabis and Hemp Act (aka FL-RICH), modeled on Washington State's Initiative 502, for a clear and concise layout of the policies and procedures of a legal, regulated cannabis market.

    June 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Don M

    Marijuana prohibition exists because of ignorance (which Patrick Kennedy is full of), greed (Patrick Kennedy qualifies here too), and outright racism (minorities are hurt most by this destructive policy).

    Patrick Kennedy is a serious embarrassment to the Kennedy family name. He really has no idea that there are currently millions of people that use marijuana regularly with no problems and absolutely no need to enter his SAM clinic for rehabilitation!

    What exactly are these so-called facts that he refers to? Perhaps he has been studying the garbage that the DEA has been writing.

    June 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mike Parent

    Patches n(Do you know who I am?) Kennedy is shilling with SAM to try and reinvent himself.. He's a Oxy, alcohol addled reprobate, whose family sold one of the most dangerous drugs anywhere, so naturally he's railing against marijuana, a substance safer than what the govt. currently allows. Your 15 mins are over Patches.

    June 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. SteveInIndiana

    Clearly he is ignorant. Please examine this link; specifically the reports cited therein, paying particular attention to the sources of the reports. Educate yourself, then make the decision whether to make your citizens suffer more or suffer less!

    June 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. gravalakota

    Patrick Kennedy is easy to debunk:

    June 27, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Killer Bud

    Over 100,000 lives have been lost since 2006 in Mexico. A lot of them were children. Can our policies be more inclusive to ALL children, and not just American children? Mothers and fathers in prison for cannabis aren't helping their kids either.
    Credibility is extremely fallible when you have something to gain from defending a bad and extremely unpopular policy. Such as the mental health drug rehabilitation centers.who are dependent on issuing court ordered drug counseling certifications. (Usually costs around $100.00 a week for 12 weeks, and if you are unable to pay a week, they make you start over) Most folks who have gotten busted for cannabis only end up in these places because they are forced to.
    If these drug counseling places were dependent on only walk ins, they'd be out of business.

    June 27, 2013 at 3:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. John Thomas

    Another bogus excuse for persecuting millions of good Americans. – Every major government commission on marijuana concluded it is not addictive and is far less harmful than alcohol.

    So, every person who switches from Budweiser to buds, improves their health and life tremendously – as well as that of their family and community.

    June 27, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Jared Bork

    It's funny people don't find it odd that he's pushing his pharmaceutical backers GMO(and you guesse it PATENTED) "Sativex" and instead of immediate jail it's jail or rehab(jail) so really the same BS they don't want it legal because they can't control it. Im having a hard time taking it seriously, like I thought the first SAM article was a joke apparently not.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. jimmy the weed

    what a stupid argument, that more would use. it's already been shown that countries that legalize drugs have no increase in usage and the crimes goes way down. what kind of drugs is this monkey on? if i don't like to smoke, then they make it legal, i'm going to start smoking, don't think so, makes no sense!

    June 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Michael

    At this point, I think the legalization of marijuana nationwide is inevitable and will occur within the next couple of years. What I'm really interested in is figuring out which companies are already carving out niches in the newly emerging marijuana industry so that I can invest in them now. So far, the only promising public company of which I'm aware is Medical Marijuana, Inc. (MJNA), which also happens to be set to uplist in the next few months.

    June 27, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. malcolmkyle

    Most Prohibitionists eventually get to experience utter loneliness, also known as “the sadomoralist condition”—a form of existential despair as they begin to finally realize the utter futility and destructiveness of their entire life’s work. This is ultimately compounded by the deep realization that it’s simply not possible to prove any of the nonsense they’ve been zealously propagating for many long decades. It’s this type of loneliness that often turns their attention to a higher power, the one that usually comes in liquid form. This is a serious terminal affliction and not one that a psychologist, philosopher, or priest can help with. Eventually they may become trapped in a very dark place where they have literally nobody left to relate to. In such situations it is our civic duty and moral obligation to point their festering, lonely souls to the nearest cliff.

    June 28, 2013 at 3:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. jimmy the weed

    funny that as we get more and more people on the side of legaize, they continue to fight tooth and nail against the will of the people and then they bring out a has-been doofus pill-head like this to speak against the cause.

    June 28, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. knowa

    When you here we need to do more research, the prohibition industry for get that there are thousands of years of safe and effective use an Google the American Pharmacopoeia from 1936 on cannabis medicine or that the DEA has block and still block all research that might give a positive spin and they have the audacity to own several US patents on it.

    June 28, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Jimi

    What a dum dum

    June 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Jose79845

    Poor baby Kennedys who made their fortune smuggling illegal alcohol area afraid that legalizing it will cut in to their good buddy's business.

    June 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Twista Jaye

    To all out there and Mr. Morgan, All forms of press and whoever else may read this. The one thing noone has done yet when doing a panel/show like this is you never get a regular medical marijuana patient to address the issues from their point of view. Well Let me introduce myself. Yes, My nickname is Twista Jaye. I am a 42 year old male living in San Francisco. I am a Cannabis Patient, Activist and entertainer. I am NOT married and NO kids. I had Two leg surgeries on my right leg. First one was torn and shreeded tendons, ligaments, and cartalige. Yes, the typical ACL, Medial Miniscus and other repair. The Second, in Venice Beach and was jumped and robbed where the assailant kicked my leg in the perfect way that shattered my Tibula and fibula as well as damaging everything allready done to my knee. I also, have a pinched muscle in my lower portion of my spine and hip. I work and struggle by I live paycheck to mouth. My doctors want me on a Narco type of program. I don't like the effects it has on me. I am a recovering Crystal Meth user with 10 years without it. I use Cannabis on a daily basis and has found that It eases my pain, I do use various ways of consumption from smoking, to vaping, to eating and as topical applications. With me being able to use cannabis I am able to walk all ove San Francisco and participate in Walk-a-thons for charity and be able to work. I can go into more detail about it but, I'll spare you. Stop fighting over my HEALTH and my MEDICINE!!!!

    June 29, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Hypocrisy

    "Patrick Kennedy on the potential legalization of medical marijuana: "What I really worry about...[is] that more people will use"

    Really? Because I'm excited that more people will use it. Maybe then people can get the stick out of their ass and actually debate issues calmly, and would be more inclined to take a walk in another's shoes.

    Empathy is what is missing from the current political spectrum, from both sides.

    July 1, 2013 at 6:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Casimira Wolfgram

    Throughout the great design of things you receive a B- for hard work. Where you lost me ended up being in the facts. As they say, details make or break the argument.. And that could not be more correct in this article. Having said that, let me say to you what did work. Your article (parts of it) is certainly quite powerful and this is most likely the reason why I am making the effort to opine. I do not really make it a regular habit of doing that. Next, although I can see the jumps in logic you make, I am not really convinced of exactly how you seem to connect your ideas which produce the actual conclusion. For now I will, no doubt subscribe to your issue however hope in the foreseeable future you actually connect your dots better.

    November 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Dr Tod Policandriotes

    You pro marijuana guys have covered it all quite well. I will simply add that in 1937 the newspaper mogul William Randolf Hearst had his play in the prohibition of marijuana in that the less expensive hemp paper/cloth competed against his wood pulp paper.

    January 7, 2014 at 5:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Mary L. Rennich/ Mother of child with seizures N. D.

    I have just finished watching CNN WEED 2, and was trying to write a Thank you to Patrick Kennedy regarding his push for FDA approval of Medical Marijuana. I do not /know where he really stands as of March 2014. He had his facts completely mixed up, regarding the use of Recreational vs Medical Marijuana. I hope he and others, have had further education regarding the evidence of effective mecial uses, and the extraction of the "stoned" effect of THC- NOT being a part of CBD oil for many medical illnesses. IF anyone has had a child with untreatable seizures, you would be as frantic as the thousands of parents like me, hoping ONE day , to be able to help our children live.. and LIVE a better life because of Marijuana. NOT smoking , but injesting a low THC Cannabidiol oil. SHAME ON THE FDA for NOT moving on this huge issue in America. GO U .K.!!! They will be the true leaders in the research. Sadly, My son will continue to have seziures because I live in America. It is unjust. I am NOT in favor of Recreational Marijuana being legalized.

    March 12, 2014 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Mary L. Rennich/ Mother of child with seizures in N. D.

    I have just finished watching CNN WEED 2, and was trying to write a Thank you to Patrick Kennedy regarding his push for FDA approval of Medical Marijuana. I do not /know where he really stands as of March 2014. He had his facts completely mixed up, regarding the use of Recreational vs Medical Marijuana in the 2013 interview on P. Morgan's show.. I hope he and others, have had further education regarding the evidence of effective MEDICAL uses, and the extraction of the "stoned" effect of THC- NOT being a part of CBD oil for many medical illnesses. IF anyone has had a child with untreatable seizures, you would be as frantic as the thousands of parents like me, hoping ONE day , to be able to help our children live.. and LIVE a better life because of Marijuana. NOT smoking , but injesting a low THC Cannabidiol oil. SHAME ON THE FDA for NOT moving on this huge issue in America. GO U .K.!!! They will be the true leaders in the research. Sadly, My son will continue to have seziures because I live in America. It is unjust. I am NOT in favor of Recreational Marijuana being legalized. Thank you Dr. Gupta, Thank you CNN for trying to help children like my son Sam!

    Sincerely, Mary L. Rennich, ~trying to pass a bill in N. D. ~ Hope for Sam~

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  32. Mary L. Rennich/ Mother of child with seizures in N. D.

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