Sanjay Gupta: I Was Wrong About Weed
Celebrity doctor apologizes for perpetuating anti-marijuana propaganda
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 8, 2013 11:38 AM CDT
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, attends the Clinton Global Initiative, Sept. 22, 2010, in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – For years, Sanjay Gupta has been among the voices calling medical marijuana illegitimate, even writing a 2009 Time article entitled "Why I Would Vote No on Pot." "Well, I am here to apologize," the celebrity doctor writes today at CNN. Gupta has spent a lot of time researching pot for his new documentary Weed, and has arrived at a conclusion: "We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that."

Gupta—who admits that he's tried marijuana—had assumed the DEA had solid scientific reasons for making marijuana a schedule 1 drug. But the 1970 letter recommending the designation cited "a considerable void in our knowledge," and suggested further research. And even then there was plenty of evidence suggesting marijuana's benefits. Gupta has since talked to patients who really need it—like one child who was having 300 seizures a week until marijuana dropped it to two or three a month. "It is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can," Gupta argues, "care that could involve marijuana." Click for his full column.

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Aug 28, 2013 10:13 AM CDT
Majority of Americans are behind the use of marijuana, I think it's about time our government catches up to the peoples freedoms or be left behind PERIOD.
Aug 12, 2013 12:16 PM CDT
I have contacted every one of my elected officials and used this story as my backing when I say it is time to change... I asked "are you one who is doing the misleading? Or have you been mislead?" This week the phone lines should be jammed with people who are tired of the BS. Time for action not just bong hits!
Aug 11, 2013 9:19 AM CDT
I dated a gal who had asthma. Bad asthma. Call an ambulance or I will die asthma. She read that smoking marijuana cures an asthma attack . She didn't like the idea of smoking pot, or any type of smoke (obviously). You know where this story is going don't you? I got her some pot and kept an emergency joint just in case she was willing to try it. She went from call an ambulance to cured in two hits. She never buys her pills, inhalers, no more injections of epinephrine, none of that non-working stuff any more. PS She HATES being high, but loves being alive. Tell someone with Asthma. You're welcome.