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MAPTalk-Digest Friday, August 16 2013 Volume 13 : Number 020

001 Why I changed my mind on weed
002 LEAP's Neill Franklin, tonite at 9, Piers Morgan on CNN, w/ David Evans


Subj: 001 Why I changed my mind on weed
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:50:32 -0700

Why I changed my mind on weed
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta's groundbreaking documentary "WEED" at 8 p.m. ET
August 11 on CNN.


Subj: 002 LEAP's Neill Franklin, tonite at 9, Piers Morgan on CNN, w/ David Evans
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:59:42 -0700

Tonight at 9: "Gone to Pot" – Making cases for and against the
legalization of marijuana

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Live" revisits the ongoing
discussion about marijuana laws. Twenty states have legalized marijuana,
with two doing so for recreational purposes. Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta has
changed his stance on the drug, the reasons for which he shares in his CNN
special documentary "Weed." However, for every person pushing for the
legalization of marijuana, there is another condemning it.

As part of an hour-long special on the United States' changing perceptions
of cannabis, this evening Piers Morgan invites Neil Franklin and David
Evans to present their individual insights and perspectives.

A retired state police major and current executive director of LEAP,
Franklin has witnessed the drug battle first hand:

“It's a nightmare for law enforcement," he says as part of his interview
on “Gone to Pot: America’s Marijuana Obsession.” "We have thousands of
murders across this country every single year. We talk about the numbers
of murders that we have in Mexico, but nobody is talking about the murders
we have in this country."

Rather than perpetuate a violent cycle, Franklin suggests America legalize
a drug that is currently classified as a schedule 1 substance, placing it
in the same class as drugs like heroin and LSD.

In response, meanwhile, Evans calls the legalization of marijuana “a very
naïve approach.”

“It's not just about legalizing it so you can have a joint at home in the
privacy of your home,” explains Evans, a special adviser to the Drug Free
America Foundation. "It will be a big industry and they're going to focus
on the young people, just like alcohol and tobacco focuses on young people
because if they get them hooked, they will have customers the rest of
their lives.”

In it is a polarizing debate, and one that continues to energize the
nation, regardless of which side of the issue and individual comes down

For the full interview with Franklin and Evans, and the entire "Gone to
Pot" special, tune to CNN this evening at 9.
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