A Colorado medical marijuana dispensary’s plan to name a strain of pot after a famous television personality may soon go up in smoke.
Helping Hands Herbals Dispensary started selling Sanjay Gupta Kush, named after CNN’s top medical correspondent, pricing it at $35 for an 1/8 and $12 a gram. CNN has asked the dispensary to change the name of the strain but has not yet gotten a cease and desist order.
“We may have to change the name,” said dispensary owner Jeff Kless. “CNN phoned us and asked us to remove it. I think we’ll leave it alone for the weekend and see what happens.” The dispensary has named strains of pot after Willie Nelson and Barack Obama in the past, Investor Place reported.
The following is from an official release about the strain:
“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.”
"Gupta Kush imparts a very relaxing state that calms the mind without compromising clarity. When the mind is quiet and happy, people allow themselves to heal. Medical marijuana helps that happen."
For the body, Gupta Kush is an excellent pain and tension reliever, "causing waves of relaxation to move through the body, calming nerves, and allowing the user to get some deep conscious rest before drifting off to sleep,” says Kless.
“The political and health establishments now realize that cannabis has genuine medical benefits, which we’ve been saying for years. By naming a cannabis strain after Dr. Gupta, this is our way of tipping our hat and honoring him for taking such a firm, science-based stance on behalf of marijuana as 'real' medicine. He is confirming what our patients have been saying for years. Marijuana is hardly folk medicine."