12 Aug ‘WEED – A Dr Sanjay Gupta Special’

This documentary aired on Sunday, 11th August 2013 on CNN. The network’s medical and science coverage, led by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, had long been at best sceptical and at worst hostile when it came to ‘medical marijuana’.

But on Sunday night, viewers were shown an artist who works better while high, a stoner who drives well high because he’s used to the drug’s effects, a five-year-old whose life was saved by pot and even an octogenarian Holocaust survivor in Israel who deals with tremors by smoking government-subsidised weed. Marijuana, Gupta shows viewers, can even fight cancer.

That such a documentary could air is a stark reminder of how quickly the politics around cannabis are shifting.