Producer and Host Morgan Spurlock Delves Into the Issue of Medical Marijuana

Documentary filmmaker was recently on CNN talking with Piers Morgan about Spurlock’s new CNN show, “Inside Man.” In the first episode of the 8-episode series, Spurlock tackles the medical marijuana industry.

“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, talking about his stint as an employee in 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.”

Morgan Spurlock on Marijuana LawsSpurlock saw first-hand the amazing healing power of the cannabis plant.

“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,” Spurlock said. “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 [they] can have a life back.”

There are those who would tell you that medical cannabis is a scam and a fraud and just a way for stoners to get baked legally. Hopefully these people will never have to rely on medical marijuana for their quality of life, as so many do. And if they do ever need medical marijuana, may they have the guts to stand up and say they were wrong at that they are sorry.

Spurlock also heard from the detractors:

“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.”

These people that he describes are in need of an education about cannabis. Many states now have medical marijuana; did the 60’s kick in in these states? Are there now just a bunch of lazy, twinkie-eating slackers weighing down couches everywhere?

Ignorance on a large scale is the most dangerous thing in the world. Medical marijuana is fought by people who think marijuana makes the life of the user a Cheech & Chong movie or makes them a zombie. The truth is that it allows millions to function in their daily lives.

What kind of person denies medical care to others? How little empathy can someone have to say to another, “no, you can not have that natural option when it comes to your health, here, take some of these pills instead?”

– Joe Klare

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