CNN's chief medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta has done an about-face on weed, and he now backs using the drug for medical conditions. On Piers Morgan's Wednesday night show, Gupta he announced that he's changed his mind, and he apologized for 'misleading' the public by opposing the drug in the past.
"I have apologized for some of the earlier reporting because I think, you know, we've been terribly and systematically misled in this country for some time," he said. "And I did part of that misleading."
Gupta's change of heart could influence policy-makers as well as the public. He is so highly respected that Obama wanted to appoint him Surgeon General in 2009. Gupta turned down the honor.
He's also published an op-ed titled "Why I Changed My Mind On Weed," in which he revealed that he'd been misled by the government's hostility towards the drug:
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.