CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta has come out in support of medical cannabis, and has apologized for his past opposition.
“We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that”, stated Dr Gupta in a recent opinion piece published on CNN.
“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”, he continues, “Take the case of Charlotte Figi, who I met in Colorado. She started having seizures soon after birth. By age 3, she was having 300 a week, despite being on seven different medications. Medical marijuana has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures to 2 or 3 per month.”
This new view on medical cannabis is in stark contrast to Dr. Gupta’s opinions in 2009, when he authored an editorial opposing cannabis law reform, which was published by Time Magazine.
As CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, and as a leading neurosurgeon, Dr. Gupta’s support for medical cannabis will go a long way in swaying mainstream public opinion. We commend him for changing his opinion, and for apologizing for his past misunderstanding.
At 8PM on August 11th on CNN, Dr. Gupta will be premiere a new documentary titled “WEED”, which covers the medical benefits of cannabis, as well as explores its prohibition.