There are now nine states that have legalized marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington), 13 more with decriminalization laws and 47 with medical-marijuana laws.
Who would've thought that CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta would become one of the leading voices for medical marijuana? But he has, as evidenced by his fourth cannabis documentary, "Weed 4: Pot vs. Pills."
Roseanne Barr was back in the news this week with the revival of "Roseanne" on ABC. Her support of Donald Trump and his far-right agenda is a major part of the show's storyline. Trump clearly approves.
On Mar. 9, Amazon Studios will release "Gringo," a druggy thriller that focuses on a medical "weed pill" called Cannabax and Mexican cartels starring Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo.
To Dennis Peron, who passed away on Jan. 27 at 71 years of age, all marijuana use was medicinal. It should be etched on his tombstone.
First Dr. Sanjay Gupta, then Dr. Mehmet Oz, who hosts a daytime talk show on Fox. Both reversed their opinions about medical marijuana in 2014. Now Dr. Oz says, "People think it's a gateway drug to narcotics. It may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic."
Appointed in May 2015 to replace Michele Leonhart as the DEA's Administrator, Chuck Rosenberg got off to a rough start when he challenged the "notion that marijuana is also medicinal." He repeated that sentiment on Thursday.
On May 23, Whoopi Goldberg called on New York's legislature to pass a bill that would add extreme menstrual cramps to the state's list of the state's qualifying medical marijuana conditions. Goldberg co-owns the cannabis company, Whoopi & Maya.
Legislation allowing the use of low-THC, CBD-rich marijuana oil primarily for children suffering from seizure disorders has been approved in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.