Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Dr. Mehmet Oz. Dr. Richard Besser.
What do these three highly visible medical professionals have in common? Sure, they’re all legit doctors who are also regularly on television — Gupta on CNN, Oz on his own syndicated show and Besser as ABC’s chief health and medical editor.
But perhaps more importantly, all three have made recent 180-degree turns and now stand in support of medical marijuana. How did all three of these doctors make such a swift shift in thinking? These doctors’ complete turnarounds are significant markers in this journey of legalization; whether it’s Gupta publicly apologizing or Besser flat-out saying, “I was wrong,” these are major reversals from world thought leaders.
Remember the last time you acknowledged you were wrong? Imagine being wrong about your professional opinion — in front of millions of viewers. Each of these acknowledgements were a big deal in their own right. Together they’re a telling sign.
These doctors’ stories are a significant part of the greater legalization story, which obviously revolves around a greater public acceptance for marijuana.
A look at their changed minds:
In 2009, Gupta wrote a Time magazine article titled, “Why I would vote no on pot.” A few years later, as he was prepping the first “Weed” documentary on CNN, he apologized.
“I’ve apologized for some of the earlier reporting, because I think we’ve been terribly and systematically misled in this country for some time,” Gupta told his colleague Piers Morgan in August 2013, “and I did part of that misleading.”
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