“I Am Here to Apologize”

Noted neurosurgeon and CNN contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta changes his opinion on medical marijuana:

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.

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.

He goes on to say that people in the United States have been “terribly and systematically misled” for the last 70 years regarding marijuana and the proceeds to lay out a pretty compelling case based on his own research.

Drug policy in America is kind of fucked.

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