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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