CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Admits He Was Wrong on Medical Marijuana

He makes the case that weed has medical merits

CNN posted an interesting read earlier today, in which Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the outlet’s chief medical correspondent, admits he was wrong about medical marijuana. And get this: He even apologizes. Repeatedly.

An excerpt:

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.”

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

Note that the mea culpa comes with a plug for Gupta’s upcoming documentary Weed, so I’ll let you be the judge of how genuine it seems. Read the full article here.