CNN’s medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta has changed his opinion about medical marijuana. He used to speak out against medical marijuana, but in a documentary to be aired this weekend, he admits he was wrong and apologizes:
I have apologized for some of the earlier reporting because I think, you know, we’ve been terribly and systematically misled in this country for some time. And I did part of that misleading.
Gupta also just wrote an interesting op-ed that explains why he changed his mind. While researching the documentary, he discovered many patients for whom marijuana not only helped, but “in fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works”. He learned that when marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic in 1970, there was little evidence to support that classification. Instead, there was significant evidence to support the opposite, and in fact there are legal drugs (such as alcohol and tobacco) that are far more dangerous than cannabis. And that while someone dies from prescription drugs every 19 minutes, he “could not find a documented case of death from marijuana overdose”.
But what makes this even more ironic is that in a TV interview, Gupta (along with his interviewer Piers Morgan) admits that he had tried marijuana in the past.
Can we stop this insanity?
And if you still think keeping marijuana a Schedule 1 narcotic (which means it has no medical uses) is a good idea, read this story.