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Medical Marijuana: A Conversation

“Above the Noise” hosts Myles and Shirin recap last week’s video on the debate surrounding medical marijuana and respond to viewers’ comments and questions. They discuss marijuana and the opioid crisis, Harry Anslinger, the war on drugs, and the difference between federal and state law.

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ABOVE THE NOISE is a show that cuts through the hype and takes a deeper look at the science behind controversial and trending topics in the news. Hosted by Myles Bess and Shirin Ghaffary.


Marijuana. The magical mystery plant, known for turning people into netflix-binge-watching-cheetos-face-stuffing zombies. Yet it somehow treats cancer?

Marijuana is gaining in popularity. More and more states are allowing it for medical use and some allow it just for fun. Marijuana advocates point to all its health benefits.

So what exactly are the medical benefits of marijuana? Are there actual benefits to marijuana or are people just trying to justify their high?

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