Sanjay Gupta: My Bad about all that Marijuana stuff

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    Aug 11, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
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    Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN)Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called "Weed." The title "Weed" may sound cavalier, but the content is not.

    I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning.

    Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled "Why I would Vote No on Pot."

    Well, I am here to apologize.

    I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. 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...

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN)Instead, I lumped them with the high-visibility malingerers, just looking to get high. I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have "no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse."

    They didn't have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn't have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works.

    We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.

    I hope this article and upcoming documentary will help set the record straight.

    'Tis a shame that an apology had to wait until it was accompanied by a subtle plea for cable ratings for his new documentary, but anyway, Dr. Gupta's documentary "Weed" will be on CNN on Sunday at 8:00 PM Eastern.

    Who's next to come around? Come on, DNC, you know you can do it...
  • The_Guruburu

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    Aug 11, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    I'm sure our ever-growing prison population accepts his apology for his complicity in their demise.
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    Aug 14, 2013 9:01 PM GMT
    I only casually watched the episode, but it sounded to me like Gupta was cautioning against high-THC-content product available to youths and teens. Because brain development, 'natch. Would've been nice to have made the point that tobacco and alcohol are legal and regulated to minimize the possibility of harm to the yung'uns. The skateboarder kid they propped up on the show seemed like a lame example of what to watch out for if weed was street-legal.