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United Patients Group to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, “California Has Been a Refuge for Cannabis Patients for Nearly Two Decades”

United Patients Group to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, “California Has Been a Refuge for Cannabis Patients for Nearly Two Decades”

San Francisco, CA   March 13, 2014

Tuesday night, CNN aired a special from Dr. Sanjay Gupta called “Weed 2: Cannabis Madness.” The program tells the story of a family who moved from New Jersey to Colorado to treat their two-year-old daughter’s chronic epileptic seizures with Charlotte’s Web, a much sought after high CBD cannabis strain.The Stanley brothers, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, have become specialists in this treatment.

United Patients Group, a trusted resource for medical cannabis information, was excited to see the tireless work of the Stanley brothers receive the attention they deserve. Thank you to Dr. Gupta for exploring this topic in an objective, informative way. The documentary had a limited focus, and United Patients Group wants to remind viewers that cannabis has amuch wider medical use than treating seizures; it has actually been shown to kill cancer cells. And while the documentary focused on Colorado, other states with legal access to medical cannabis have also become destinations for seriously ill patients, young and old, and their families. California, the first state to legalize medical cannabis, has welcomed patients since 1996.

“We are thrilled about CNN and Dr. Gupta’s hard work to cover/uncover the truth about this topic. This segment brought the nation news of the use of cannabis oil to treat epilepsy, and it noted that epileptic patients and their families are moving from around the country to Colorado in order to have legal access to this safe, effective treatment,” said John Malanca, the founder and owner of United Patients Group.

“We admire Dr. Gupta’s excellent journalism on using cannabis to treat seizures. But let’s not forget that cannabis treats many other serious ailments, including cancer,” urged Malanca.

While the program focused on using CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabis compound, to treat epilepsy, other compounds in cannabis are also medically effective for life-threatening diseases, such as cancer. Numerous studies have demonstrated that THC actually induces cell death in cancers, including brain cancer, colorectal cancer, leukemia, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and more.

Medical marijuana dispensaries and collectives in California have been refining treatments for nearly twenty years, while offering a multitude of strains with various levels of medicinal compounds—including but not limited to the CBD strain featured on the CNN program. Oils, tinctures, sprays, and products similar to Sativex are widely available in California.

“Patients and their families turn to the Golden State for hope. United Patients Group receives calls daily from international and US patients needing help and direction. Many of our calls are from people looking to move to California to safely and legally treat their diseases,” continued Malanca. “We are here to support people from all over the world who need safe, legal access to medical cannabis, and to help these patients find the right treatment.”

United Patients Group was founded when Malanca’s father-in-law was fighting Stage 4 lung cancer with metastasis to the brain. Dr. Stan Rutner was given two weeks to live, and was in the wasting stages of this horrible cell-malfunction. The family turned to the renowned Cannabis experts in California in hopes for one last chance. Stan was Cancer free within 9 months. 3 1/2 years later, he is now 80 years old and proudly lives a full life in Northern California.

For more information about treating cancer with cannabis oil and medical cannabis in California, visit or call (415) 524-8099.

About is a discreet, safe, and professional online medical cannabis information resource for prospective and current patients, caregivers, and medicinal cannabis industry professionals.

While most online medical marijuana sites cater to patients already familiar with medical marijuana, the website is a comprehensive and easy-to-use information source for people of all ages and experience levels, from novice medical cannabis users to experienced industry professionals. The site’s News, Resource, and Blog pages introduce new patients to the ins and outs of medical marijuana healthcare, while helping experienced providers stay abreast of the latest developments in THC and CBD therapies.

A complimentary Five Star-rated United Patients Group medical marijuana app is available on the iTunes app store for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and any iPad.

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