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CNN Doctor Sanjay Gupta Apologizes for “Misleading” Public about Marijuana

CNN’s chief medical expert issued an apology to the viewing public on Wednesday for “misleading” the public about marijuana.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, whose documentary “Weed” will air on CNN this Sunday at 8 pm, appeared on “Piers Morgan Live” Wednesday night and admitted he unintentionally “misled” Americans about the dangers of marijuana.

“I have apologized for some of the earlier reporting because I think… we’ve been terribly and systematically misled in this country for some time. And I did some of that misleading,” Gupta, who tried marijuana “a while ago” and “didn’t particularly care for it,” said.

In a CNN.com editorial piece titled “Why I Changed My Mind on Weed,” Gupta, addressed his previous opposition to medical marijuana.

“I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana… and thought it was fairly unimpressive,” Gupta wrote. “…I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now… I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.”

Dr. Gupta continued:

I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) listed marijuana as a Schedule I 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.’

But, he wrote:

They didn’t have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana, neither of these 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.

Later in the op-ed, Dr. Gupta wrote that he is “especially intrigued by studies like those in Spain and Israel looking at the anti-cancer effects of marijuana and its components… and research in Israel and the United States on whether the drug might help alleviate symptoms of PTSD.”

“I promise to do my part to help, genuinely and honestly, fill the remaining void in our knowledge,” Gupta wrote.

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