Emo­tion high as Fash sees value of med­i­cal weed

Irish Daily Mirror - - SQUARE EYES -

Watch­ing Pam St Cle­ment take a hit from a bong may have had peo­ple in stitches on Mon­day’s Gone to Pot but the sec­ond episode of the ITV show takes a far more emo­tional turn.

For­mer foot­baller John Fashanu ends up in tears when he meets 13-year-old Gianna, who has a sim­i­lar life-threat­en­ing ill­ness to his el­dest son, in which they suf­fer hun­dreds of seizures a day.

But Fash learns that 90% of Gianna’s fits re­duced af­ter she be­gan a rad­i­cal treat­ment plan in­clud­ing med­i­cal mar­i­juana and he breaks down as he eval­u­ates how it could have helped his son when he was younger: “It means what we’ve been through didn’t need to hap­pen. It didn’t need to go on. It means we were de­prived of the help we could have got and should have got.” He even makes an about-turn on his fa­mous anti-drugs stance, stat­ing: “How do we say no to the le­gal­i­sa­tion of mar­i­juana when you’ve seen what we’ve just seen?”

What orig­i­nally sounded like be­ing click­bait TV has ac­tu­ally ended up be­ing an in­tel­li­gent de­bate on the is­sue. The next episode is on at 9pm tonight. John meets Gianna

EMO­TIONAL

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