On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. Egeberg had carefully chosen his words:
"Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue."
Not because of sound science, but because of its absence, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 substance. Thus began President Nixon's War on Drugs, and specifically M. Egeberg mentions studies that are underway, but many were never completed.
Someone dies in the United States every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose, mostly accidental. Every 19 minutes. There has not been one documented case of someone dying from a marijuana overdose. Not one. Ever.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is an Indian American neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. A media personality on health-related issues, he is best known as CNN's multiple Emmy award winning chief medical correspondent, hosting the network's weekend health program. From 1997 to 1998, he served as one of fifteen White House Fellows, primarily as an advisor to Hillary Clinton. In January 2009, it was reported that Gupta was offered the position of Surgeon General of the United States in the Obama administration, but he withdrew his name from consideration.
In a 2013 editorial, Gupta announced that in the process of working on a documentary about marijuana he had changed his mind about the drug's risks and benefits. Gupta had previously criticized laws that allowed patient access to medical marijuana, but he reversed his stance, saying, "I am here to apologize," and, "We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that."
Read the CNN article here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana/index.html
Here is a link to the CNN documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tShnVEmdS2o
I challenge anybody here to watch that video and then tell me that MM has no medical benefit whatsoever.
· Age at Dx: 49
· PSA: 04/2007, 3.5; 03/2011, 4.5
· Biopsy, 12 cores, Dx, Gleason 3+4=7: 04/2011
· DaVinci: 06/2011
· Post-Op Report: pT2cpN0, Gleason downgraded to 3+3=6, Margins+, PNI+, SVI-, LNI-
· PSA: 07/2011 - <.01 | 10/2011 - .01 | 01/2012 - .01 | 04/2012 - .03 | 07/2012 - .03 | 10/2012 - .05 | 01/2013 - .07 | 04/2013 - .07 | 07/2013 - .06 | 10/2013 - .06