Many of us have heard the buzz surrounding Dr. Oz’s episode on medical marijuana. The videos are below, including a feature on medical marijuana patient Montel Williams. The show was very balanced, and even someone like Dr. Oz – who has been somewhat hostile to medical cannabis in the past - is seemingly moved by the evidence backing MMJ.

All-in-all, a great debate for those interested in medical marijuana, for whatever reason. In the second clip, Montel brings up a very good point: why doesn’t he have the same right to relief from his pain as others? Why, indeed.

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Joe Klare has been writing about marijuana issues for the past 5 years online, in print and on air.

  • wes

    legalize it just ike alcohol and ciggerites

  • http://davidjackson2008@live.com David Jackson

    Yes, I can attest to pot being a gateway to harder things. I went from pot to drinking sweet tea by the gal. And god help me, I put ice cubes in it. Some times, I have a glass of milk,so I can only guess what I’ll be doing tomorrow(putting milk on my cereal??)

  • Dianna

    I need to watch it again and write as I watch. It bothers me that the real word for this wonderful, healing plant was only used twice during the whole show. Instead, everyone called it marijuana…the slang, derogatory, man-made name from the times of “reefer mania”.

    There can always be a part deux of Dr. Oz whereby more patients–legal or not–are shown. Perhaps even getting relief (via video) because sometimes as in the case of a stutter or nausea, the relief takes only moments. I believe if enough people could see that look of relief on a chemo patient’s face once the nausea subsides, we could get the truth told…..that Cannabis is Medicine.

  • tjp

    In Arizona we have just legalized it, jury is out. But after watching several friends suffer from cancer, I know this is a great step to help. The legalization will police the product so that there is nothing added to it, it will be clean and free of any additives. The illegal stuff coming in and being sold is laced with who knows what, that is very scary and dangerous. Pure marijuana can help many people. Having cancer myself and having friends with MS, I would rather have it legalized and a pure drug than buy it on the streets laced with dangerous additives.

  • ully

    Dianna I actually feel it is better to use the term marijuana- it is exactly the fear of that word that needs to be removed- not sidestepped, let us not play the same card anslinger did.

  • bcchickkaa

    Holla montel and dr oz legalize it! I agree with montel completely anyone else can suck it

  • http://www.freneticmemetics.com Dan Mage

    Dr. Oz waves the banner of the “Nanny State” (liberal version) and bashes free enterprise. He seems to believe that the AMA/FDA/DEA/”Big Pharma”/Addictions Industry cartel has our best interests in mind. The notion that adults have the right to care for themselves as they see fit, and live with the consequences of their mistakes seems to be something only the far (libertarian) right grasps, which makes me a little ill, but they seem to be the only politicians with enough spine to take a stand on these issues. Medicalization has helped countless suffering people, and in some cases brought an unprecedented level of safety and quality control to the cannabis industry, but ultimately may backfire. Any medicine that people can produce in their basement or backyard poses a threat to the drug cartels, legal and illegal, and they will not give up their monopoly on pain relief without a fight. With the cost of healthcare, and the ridiculous price of drugs prescribed solely for symptomatic relief, giving control of cannabis over to the lawful profiteers of pain is inexcusable.

  • http://tinyurl.com/classactionlawsuit Historicus

    According to federal law, cannabis and cannabinoids are classified in Schedule I with drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”

    Why will no one mention the 2003 US patent assigned to the Department of Health and Human Services, entitled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”?

    see: tinyurl.com/classactionlawsuit

    Did you know that the National Cancer Institute details many medical cannabis uses?

    see: tinyurl.com/48grlc4

    It’s a felony to suppress exculpatory evidence at trial, so why are the millions arrested for “marijuana” not allowed to present such facts?

  • nick

    All these laws that were written so many years ago, Really try drug testing ALL of people in a goverment position see what you find…Secrataries, mail boys, officers of the court see what you find.. legalize it and move on there are bigger fish to fry

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  • chris

    i am a card holder for medical marijuana and it has helped me with my pain extremly, as well as making it easier for me to do things i normally couldnt do. i think people that think medical marijuana is a problem should suck on a pigs ass to see if that works better than medi weed, its upsurd. marijuana is harmless, and doesnt lead to anything but a good time just like back in the 60s and 70s. back then people were smoking and we didnt have a problem then and we wont have one now. to sum it up in one saying, nothing that hasnt been a problem shouldnt be made into one.

  • http://420times Jonny

    Wake up America , it’s the next green economy that will spur our ailing economy.
    Most importantly is the great medical benefits gained from this plant , it is so much safer than narcotics, and quite honestly, alcohol and cigarettes are 100,000 more dangerous.
    Stop the nonsense and make a smart decision for a CHANGE!

  • http://www.touchofthat.com Wynter

    Legalization would help countless lives; unclog the legal system from processing non-violent crimes, to say nothing of the industrial uses that could really save the US economy.

  • dottie

    I have been in constant pain for 8 yrs due to a rare form of sma that eventually caused main blood vessel to close off small intestines.I have had several surgeries due to this illness,which has caused permanant nerve damage.Without smoking to ease all my symtoms I would have already ended my life from the pain.If any drs know how to help me,please contact me for more info on health….

  • danny

    I WATCHED THE SHOW I LIKED IT BUT JUST DONT LIKE HOW DR OZ AND OTHERS THINK WHAT WORKS AND DOES NOT WORK! I HAVE GENERAL ANXIETY I WORK OUT EVERYDAY I EAT GOOD GO TOO SCHOOL IF U KNOW WHAT TO DO U CANT DEFEAT IT BY YOURSELF BUT I AINT GONNA LIE CANNABIS HELPED WITH MY ANXIETY LEVEL SO MUCH IT WENT DOWN ID DSAY FROM SCALE FROM 8 1/2 TO 2 IT EVEN WENT DOWN MORE NOW THAT I SMOKE MEDICAL MARIJUANA EVERY NIGHT I MISS SOME DAYS I AM NOT ADDICTED BECAUSE I KNOW HOW TO CONTROL MYSELF BUT WHAT ISNT ADDICTED THESE DAYS FOOD, SEX , CANDY ANYTHING IS ADDICTIVE ITS JUST HOW U HANDLE AND RESPOND TO IT SO U KNOW WHAT TO DO SO U CANT HANDLE YOUR URGES BUT WITHDRAW IS NOT LIKE OTHER DRUGS IT CAN TAKE MONTHS TO YEARS MARIJUANA WITHDRAW ONLY LAST A WEEK OR TWO SO NO ONE CAN EVERY TELL ME WHAT WORKS AND DOESNT BECAUSE MY BODY AND MIND DONT LIE!

  • tanya

    Dr. Oz showed an obvious bias for marijuana as medicine for physical pain, but insisted he does not support it’s use for ANY kind of mental pain. During the show it was mentioned that the US military recently OK-ed medical marijuana for PTSD (for vets living in states where medical marijuana is legal) – a mental condition characterized by anxiety, yet Dr. Oz purported that marijuana does not help ease stress or anxiety. Dr. Donald Abrams tried to correct Dr. Oz, but was hushed.

  • Leikeli

    My son was shot and the anxiety, post tramatic stress, and dealing with whats left of his body is overwhelming.
    This is something that has helped him.

  • Paisleyprk

    I have been diagnosed with MS for 11 years. I dabbled in cannabus for fun when I was younger, but when I heard that it helps MS I tried it. Over a period of about a year, I went round and round for how much and how often was good for ME!! After evaluating the frequency of my symptoms over time I came up with twice a week. . thats it. . twice a week. This regiment was proven with out a doubt, when I went to New Zealand for 2 weeks and did not have access to my “other” medication. By the end of my trip I started getting dizziness and vertigo along with the numbness in my hands and feet. When I returned, I got back to my weekly regiment and have had NO attacks since.
    I wish it were really LEGAL in NJ, so I wouldn’t have to worry about when and where my “Medicine” is coming from. (I put that in quotes, but I REALLY consider it MEDICINE. Even if I am not really in the mood to partake, I do anyway because I know it will keep my symptoms at bay. I really look at it as MEDICINE!!)

  • Janet Collard

    How is it that doctors can write a prescription for marinol for patients with terrible pain from diseases, but not marijuana? I totally agree with Montel that it should be used only for diagnosed ailments related to pain and not anxiety.
    Many people abuse prescription drugs but they are still manufactured and offered,how come?

  • Megan

    I see both sides. My father is currently diagnosed with lung and brain cancer, and and my mother both have congenital glaucoma. But they’ve been smoking marijuana since I was a baby. Long before my dad was diagnosed. And I know my mother doesn’t smoke it for her eyes, since we both control it with eyedrops. From my experience, I believe it would be far too easy to confuse it’s medical purposes with recreational use.

  • http://www.blackfriday2011online.com/ Harry Genz

    He is an Amazin man ever.

  • http://www.fonar.com/news/100511.htm Beverly

    Hi all Upright MRI had a major MS breakthrough http://www.fonar.com/news/100511.htm I hope Montel Williams gets that info