Dr. Sanjay Gupta, respected neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, published an article on August 8, 2013 titled “Why I changed my mind on weed.”

Here are a few quotes from the article:

  • “I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”
  • “I have … 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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Mark L. Rabe, MD, ABIHM Integrative Holistic Medicine Centric Wellness 2308 6th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone: (619) 546-0420 Fax: (619) 615-2346 E-Mail: info@CentricWellness.com

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