Dr. Sanjay Gupta reverses decision on marijuana

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reverses decision on marijuana

Published on Aug 8, 2013

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reverses decision on marijuana

CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has recently announced his change in stance over medical marijuana. In a candid editorial on CNN.com, Dr. Gupta reveals his on-going analysis and soon to be released documentary on the benefits of marijuana as a medical application.

Further in the article, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reveals how the current classification of marijuana as a controlled substance lacks any firm research, yet marijuana continually proves to be a helpful in countless cases.

"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. Take the case of Charlotte Figi, who I met in Colorado. She started having seizures soon after birth. By age 3, she was having 300 a week, despite being on seven different medications. Medical marijuana has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures to 2 or 3 per month.

I have seen more patients like Charlotte first hand, spent time with them and come to the realization that it is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana."

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