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CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta: WEED 3 (Video)

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Summary: On Sunday, April 19, CNN premiered WEED 3: The Marijuana Revolution, a special report by CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the politics of medical marijuana research, with a special focus on MAPS and Dr. Sue Sisley’s work to study medical marijuana for U.S. veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The documentary follows Doblin and Sisley as they work to conduct the first clinical study of medical marijuana for PTSD, illustrating how the study has had to overcome numerous obstacles including the Public Health Service (PHS) review process and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) monopoly on marijuana approved for clinical research.

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Sanjay Gupta on ‘Weed 3′: Obama Is Pulling for Pot

“This is the first time I’ve heard him be more substantive about what he would change,” CNN host says about president wanting to legalize medicinal marijuana

Dr. Sanjay Gupta premieres “Weed 3” on CNN Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, and in the third rendition of his weed documentary series, he’s even more pronounced in believing it’s time to legalize marijuana nationwide.

The documentary looks at the growing number of positive stories of marijuana helping Americans, including U.S. military veterans suffering from PTSD, depression and sleep disorders.

One particular benefit Gupta and experts he spoke to saw for veterans was the limit of dream recall, which can be particularly beneficial for those who have grizzly memories flooding them during sleep.

“On its own merits, this is a substance out there that could address significant problems in this country,” Gupta told TheWrap. “Compared to pain medications, which has huge accidental overdose factor, marijuana could provide a safer and effective alternative, it’s a big issue.”

Gupta questions how U.S. politicians aren’t taking a deeper look at the successful effects of marijuana for medicinal purposes when other countries like Israel are diving into deep research.

As 2016’s presidential cycle is now in full swing, the question will come up to candidates on the campaign trail and debate stage.

A large swath of data has proven alcohol abuse and high-sugar, poor foods have a far more negative impact on citizens’ health, yet marijuana has long stood as the stigmatized boogyman.

Gupta, who’s previously acknowledged being wrong in his opposition to medicinal marijuana, doesn’t like to get into the “moral equivalency” argument over weed vs. other drugs.

But he does see clear-cut medical benefits that politicians and candidates need to pay attention to.

And he thinks the president is on board.

“I think he does,” Gupta said about President Obama wanting to legalize medical marijuana nationwide, citing recent comments the president has made suggesting it might be time to lower marijuana down from a schedule one substance (which made it illegal).

“This is the first time I’ve heard him be more substantive about what he would change,” he added.

On Friday, Georgia passed a bill allowing the use of marijuana oil to treat serious conditions. Nine other states have pending legislation on legalizing marijuana in 2015, while a further nine have failed to pass a bill this year.

And this week, a bipartisan Compassionate Access Act was filed in Congress. The proposed law would lower marijuana from its current place as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, which says marijuana has no medical benefit.

“The politics that trump ideology is a real problem,” Gupta concluded, arguing marijuana hasn’t been studied in the scientific community like any other potentially beneficial drug.

“In this case, with marijuana, we sort of fell down on the job.”

Indiana Pizzeria Scandal: 11 Other Fast-Food Controversies to Chew On (Photos)

Indiana-based pizzeria Memories Pizza found itself at the center of controversy this week, when it was announced that the company would not cater same-sex weddings following the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The company can at least take comfort in the knowledge that it’s not alone. Here are 11 other food-related scandals that left some people choking on outrage.

DiGiorno Pizza Serves a Slice of Outrage

A case of social media marketing gone wrong. DiGiorno was forced to issue an apology when it tweeted the hashtag #WhyIStayed, coupled with the message “You had pizza.” A seemingly innocent tweet, until they company found out that the hashtag was actually launched in response to domestic violence, after video surfaced of football player Ray Rice punching out then-fiance Janay Palmer.

Starbucks’ ‘Race Together’ Program

The ubiquitous coffee chain’s effort to spark a dialogue about race relations in America was met with widespread criticism, probably because most of the company’s customers are just trying to get their caffeine fix and go without a lecture from their baristas.

SpaghettiOs’ Pearl Harbor Flap

Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs, indeed. In 2013, Campbell Soup, the company behind the circular pasta treat, issued a mea culpa after the SpaghettiOs Twitter account tweeted an image of a cartoon SpaghettiO holding an American flag with the message, “Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us” on Dec. 7. Not surprisingly, the crass marketing ploy bombed with the public.

Chick-fil-A’s Anti-Gay Boss

How about a side order of homophobia with your chicken sandwich? Chick-fil-A stepped into a big pile of controversy when its president Dan Cathy piped up on the subject of gay marriage, stating that “we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.” Some people boycotted; others, unable to avoid the restaurant chain’s tasty fare, swallowed their pride along with the chicken.

Papa John’s Obamacare Scare

Enjoy your pizza hot, tasty and cheap? Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter had some bad news for you in 2012, when he declared that the the passage of Obamacare would raise the cost of a Papa John’s pizza by 11 to 14 cents. Sure, and if you find yourself shorted on your breadstick order, go ahead and blame Obama for that too.

Entenmann’s Casey Anthony Twitter Goof

Sweets-maker Entenmann’s hit a sour note when it tweeted the message, “Who’s #notguilty about eating all the tasty treats they want?!” Unfortunately, the company was found guilty of using a hashtag associated with the controversial not-guilty verdict of Casey Anthony, who had been accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter. Oops.

Domino’s Delivers . Anti-Choice Support?

Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan’s donations to pro-life groups such as the controversial Operation Rescue have left a bad taste in some consumers’ mouths.

The Pizza Underground

A pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band? That includes former child star Macaulay Culkin? Seriously — that’s cheesy.

Krispy Kreme’s Klan Kontroversy

A British franchisee of the donut company raised eyebrows in February when it launched a “KKK Wednesday” promotion, apparently unaware that “KKK” is a widely known abbreviation for white supremacy group the Ku Klux Klan.

Kentucky Fried Controversy

Not everybody needs a little KFC — least of all PETA, which has targeted the fried-chicken chain for allegedly abusing chickens before serving them up to customers.

Starbucks’ 9/11 Gaffe

Americans were a tad on edge following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately, some of that national unease landed on Starbucks, whose poster for its “Collapse Into Cool” campaign evoked traumatic memories for some.

When questionably nutritious eats meet questionably tasteful corporate action

Indiana-based pizzeria Memories Pizza found itself at the center of controversy this week, when it was announced that the company would not cater same-sex weddings following the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The company can at least take comfort in the knowledge that it’s not alone. Here are 11 other food-related scandals that left some people choking on outrage.

"This is the first time I've heard him be more substantive about what he would change," CNN host says about president wanting to legalize medicinal marijuana ]]>