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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: “I Am Doubling Down On Medical Marijuana”


dr sanjay gupta marijuana cnnBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is “doubling down” in his advocacy for patients to have legal access to cannabis as a therapeutic agent.

In a commentary featured on the CNN website today, Gupta writes: “I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana. I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down.”

Last August, Gupta authored a commentary apologizing for his past opposition to medical cannabis, stating, “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States (in regards to cannabis), and I apologize for my own role in that.”

In today’s editorial, Gupta acknowledges, “Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, defined as (one of) the most dangerous drugs with no currently accepted medical use. Neither of those statements has ever been factual.”

He criticizes President Obama for acknowledging that cannabis poses less harm than alcohol while failing “to remove marijuana from the list of the most tightly controlled substances in the country.” Dr. Gupta also questions how the US government can possess a patent on the therapeutic application of cannabinoids yet still deny that the compounds possess medical utility.

Ultimately, cannabis prohibition is a “Draconian system where politics override science,” Gupta concludes.

Gupta’s forthcoming documentary on the plant, entitled “Weed 2: Cannabis Madness: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports,” at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11.

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  1. Just a comment here,,,Cked out his show on CNN,,thought, Wow,,I really hope he DOES NOT fade away, (people who agree w/medical facts on cannabis)or is blocked from TV or other ‘information’ spots.

  2. It’s 33 years too late for my son who has suffered with seizures which caused brain damage since he was 9 months old. Our hope is that he could still benefit from not having to be on such heavy doses of medications, including barbiturates, and have more quality in his life if medicinal cannabis is legalized in Minnesota. Our law enforcement is dead set against it because they do not want to lose their federal funds and all the goodies they get (like helicopters) in big drug busts. Our Governor has said he will back law enforcement. How wrong is this, on so many levels…

  3. Jefferey Burnside on

    How many lives have been destroyed due to laws against the best medicine and most valuable plant known to man? It’s time for real change in America and this would be the greatest change America could hope for.

  4. They all ready know and have known, why do you think they are fighting so hard to keep the lie alive

  5. Remember though, tied and bound and forced to listen does not open one’s mind or heart unfortunately

  6. sanjay believes as i do that the whole plant is valuable, and that it all works in concert because of the complexity of the plant.

  7. The problem is a lot of prohibitionalists just tune out when they even hear the word marijuana. At least that’s how my parents are. Even though they admitted to smoking it back in the day. The thing is, if someone really cares to know about the history and science of the cannabis plant there is plenty of info out there. But I do think this Weed series is getting to some skeptics out there and changing people’s views of this plant.

  8. same thing happened to me. as a nurse. i was against cannabis until my son came home from the dare program with an assignment to give a report on cannabis which i helped him with….i was an advocate from that time on.

  9. It’s so important to have someone as mainstream and legit as Sanjay backing this. He turns this from a topic of derision to a topic of conversation with the more morally conservative and inured-by-70-years-of-propaganda segments of society.

    And I think it works to his advantage that he originally came out against MMJ and then did research and had an epiphany. It provides a roadmap for the opposition to do the same.

  10. The Grim Reefer :) on

    The DEA and local, state drug enforcement agents are afraid of losing funding in the losing war on marijuana. Make sure they get the same amount of funds to go after really dangerous drugs and they will be more open to forgetting and bothering with marijuana. Gupta is a great man to stand for what is right and tell the truth, he has changed many people opinions on marijuana, Huge balls indeed!

  11. Finally a man with a real pair of balls ! Our country needs more men like this running it instead of these sheep that just go with the flow !!! Thank god for this man that can reach the masses and speak the truth instead of government lies !!

  12. closet smoker on

    prohibitionists need to be glued to a chair, hands, legs, and mouth trussed up, and eyes propped open and forced to watch this. including every DEA agent and government bureaucrat.

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