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Medical marijuana: evil weed or useful drug?

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Marijuana plants
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As LA’s debate about pot policy rages on, some are stepping back and asking if marijuana really is a medicine. Depending on who you ask, it’s a dangerous drug, a miracle herb, or a plant with medical uses and drawbacks, worth exploring. What does science say? What do doctors recommend?


Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Emeritus professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Rick Chavez, Medical Director of the Pain Institute, Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine