Sanjay Gupta backtracks on weed

 epa02352306 Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN takes part in a meeting titled Addressing Cancer in the Developing World: Health Equity and an Overlooked Public Health Crisis during the second day of the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York, New York, USA, 22 September 2010. The annual meetings is led by Bill Clinton to address poverty, health, climate change, and other worldwide issues drawing activists and political leaders from around the world. EPA/DANIEL BARRY

CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta reverses his stand on marijuana. In an article posted August 9, Gupta reveals he has been working on a new documentary called “Weed.” For research, he traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, patients, and marijuana growers and reviewed scientific literature on medical marijuana. He concludes, “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”

He adds, “I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now…I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.” The Drug Enforcement Agency currently lists marijuana as a schedule 1 substance with “high potential for abuse.” Gupta says recent research on marijuana has focused consistently on its negative effects.

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