Last week a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado named a new medical marijuana strain after CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The namesake came after Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN episode ‘Weed’ and his admission that he was wrong about his previous stance against medical marijuana.
From PR Web:
Joining a long list of celebrities like Willie Nelson and Barack Obama who have namesake cannabis strains, a new type of medical marijuana has been named after CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta - Sanjay Gupta Kush.
“Dr. Gupta’s recent reporting on marijuana puts him at the forefront of the medical cannabis movement, and we thought what better way to honor his efforts than by giving him his own strain. We’d like to ensure he remains part of the annals of cannabis culture, and now he will,” says Jeff Kless, owner of Helping Hands Herbals Dispensary in Boulder, Colorado.
“Considering this new strain is grown organically in Boulder, which has a strong marijuana culture and is ranked the healthiest place in America, we think it’s a great fit.”
“We selected the strain carefully,” says Kless, “choosing one for those who suffer from debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, MS, severe pain, nausea, anxiety and wasting, and need physical and mental recovery without the use of pharmaceuticals – or for those transitioning off pain medication.”
Apparently CNN did not take kindly to the new name, and is demanding that the medical marijuana dispensary halt sales of the new strain. From AnimalNewYork.Com:
Within 24 hours of the official press release being released, CNN contacted the Helping Hands Dispensary in Boulder, Colorado and requested that it stop the sales of the “Sanjay Gupta Kush” strain, ANIMAL has learned.
“We may have to change the name,” owner Jeff Kless calmly told us over the phone. “CNN phoned us and asked us to remove it. I think we’ll leave it alone for the weekend and see what happens.” Kless alluded to waiting for CNN to send a cease and desist.