HUGE: Sanjay Gupta Apologizes for Anti-Marijuana Stance, Slams DEA

In a commentary on cnn.com this morning, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta endorsed medical marijuana -- and apologized for not doing so sooner:

Reading... papers [about medical marijuana] five years ago, it was hard to make a case for [it]... I... wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled "Why I would Vote No on Pot."
 
... I didn't look hard enough.. 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 [about marijuana] for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.
 

Gupta's documentary "WEED" will run on CNN this Sunday at 8:00pm EST.

 

 

For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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its about time....

we have been listening to drug abuse centers saying how bad marijuana is for people and how addicting it is, and how it makes you want to get into more drugs, WELL YOU ARE FINALLY MADE WRONG BY CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT !!!!

 

It helps people that are seeing signs of dementia and altz, the memory loss, and such with writing and learning about things...I also have grand ma seizures from epilepsy that I have been on medication, the only thing that stops seizures for me, and medical marijuana helps brain function and activity enough for medication to work.  Doctors put me on less, was taking 400 mg in morning and 400 mg at night of, tegretol 200 mg tablets, because my level was so high dropped me down to 600 mg in the morning.  This was not good, that night time dose was almost a backup for the morning so i didn't have to worry about my morning dose, now that I just have the morning dose I am aware that I don't have that backup, but smoking marijuana makes me relax, I have even had a surgeon tell me when he discharged me out of the hospital, try your marijuana first if it doesn't work take the pain medication he gave me....I was really amazed...I thought I would get into trouble telling a doctor, but with the pain I have, 4 screws. 2 rods, 2 connection plates, rubber hoses for arteries, and now pain from a screwed up mesh operation, with no pain management because good ole Unison 'UNISCUM" as we called it, but they changed to United wouldn't allow my pain management to do nerve blocks on my spine that didn't need surgery to begin with and the back surgeon wasted 2 years screwing me up while the problem was really no blood flow to my legs, this after I saw "abnormal aorta for person of this age" on my chart before I had the first surgery and asked 2 different doctors could this be it? they both said no I was too young (25) for this....

the state said that the nerve blocks were experimental, well experiment on me, should have been paid for that if it was experimental not told that the companies that took over medicaid were not going to pay for  a pain management doctor do what relieved pain, they would rather prescribe me morphine up to 120 mg a day that really didn't work would be good enough....then they didn't pay for the service that I had 3 state hearings about to have, so the doctor told me I couldn't be his patient, and for the last 6 years I can't get pain relief at all....marijuana is a savior, the drug companies don't want it legalized cause they will loose a lot of money, because it is natural they don't have anything to make...oh also a great way to stop smoking, I have been smoke free (cig) for the last 6years....so don't say MARIJUANA DOESN'T DO ANYTHING MEDICALLY

Witches and Doctors

"It doesn't have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications."

If the phase is familiar, it is directly from the Schedule I classification of the Controlled Substances Act and the reason that marijuana is strictly illegal: because bureaucrats and politicians say so as they say that further research on the matter is forbidden.  That's a page out of a medieval edict in the times of witches.

As Dr. Gupta says, "We have been terribly and systematically misled [about marijuana] for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that."

The glimmer of a new day on the horizon glows brighter for sufferers of drug prohibition thanks to such professionals.

Crimes Against Humanity.

Prohibition does nothing to prevent people from getting drugs for recreational purposes while only managing to keep those drugs from the people who really need them. When you consider that some banned substances really have medicinal properties, you have to acknowledge that denying medicine to those in great need is no different to beating someone with a stick and holding them under water. It is mass torture and mass murder of our loved ones at a time when they are most in need of help. And it happens as a result of wide spread persecution of the poor and minority groups. This persecution results in loss of liberty and psychological trauma to many and the breaking of family and community bonds.Prohibition is a "Crime Against Humanity". Legalize! Apologize! Compensate! Prosecute the perpetrators!

DUH

If this guy believed one thing out of the criminal corporate syndicate masquerading as a "federal government," he's an idiot, and nobody should give a damn what he has to say at this point. Period. And he's a CNN type? Jesus Tapdancing Christ.

Gupta

One can only marvel that a trained doctor would write all this cannabis prohibition nonsense in the first place. I'm glad Gupta has seen the light of what might be called a wealth of evidence. You know, "I and my colleagues laughed at the thought of washing our hands before an operation." One thing that SHOULD BE ADDRESSED MORE OFTEN though, is the misdirection of cannabis and lung damage. The U.S. government and other prohibitionist agencies often try to misdirect people into believing that carcinogens are inherent in cannabis and use lung damage as one of the reasons to keep adults from obtaining it. I know I'm just preaching to the choir on this but in light of the fact that Gupta has no email address anywhere on the net, I'll make the point here: Smoking any biomass will release carcinogens, be it daisies, banana peels, or tobacco. Vaporizing or eating biomass releases no carcinogens. Duh. But this obvious point is really beyond most people to grasp. So there is nothing inherent in the cannabis plant that would be dangerous to the lungs. It is merely the mode of ingestion that can cause lung problems. One of the tricks prohibs use is to cite lung damage as a reason to outlaw this plant. The other is to mention cannabis in a press release on damaged communities and then conflate it with crack cocaine statistics.

Bevans is right-- VAPORIZE!

"VAPORIZING OR EATING BIOMASS RELEASES NO CARCINOGENS."  This obvious point is our STARTSIGNAL to do something about the H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide "joint" and nicotine-infested "blunt" which not only cause health damage blamed on the cannabis, but LURE CHILDREN INTO NICOTINE $IGARETTE ADDICTION (CDC estimated cost to US economy $193 Bil./year, $97B for medical costs (docs making money) and $96B lost productivity.

"If it looks like a $igarette, it IS a $igarette."  And the corollary, if it looks and burns like a $igarette, it is an advertisement for $igarettes.

Fighting cannabis all these decades, the doctors were really just doing the dirty work of the drug-pushing corporations, for if it were legal for kids to vape toke cannabis INSTEAD of binge drinking and smoking $igarettes, that disease-mongering RECRUITMENT of 800,000 more American kids into nicotine $igarette addiction each year could be PREVENTED.

Please check out wikiHow.com: "12 Ways to Make S---- Pipes from Everyday Objects", especially the top two methods, "1.  Socket Wrench One-Hitter" and "2.  Barbed Hose Nipple One-Hitter", review, sign in with a user name, revise, improve article, add JPG pictures and diagrams if you have scanner technology, etc.   Go to Uruguay this October (in time for warm season) and open a One Hit Head Shop where licensed users can try out vaporizers, e-cigs, pen-vapes, "Choomette" Long-Stemmed One-Hitter, Moroccan "Sebsi" Long-Stemmed One-Hitter etc. 

Yes there is an art to VAPING with a one-hitter-- "Hold flame below, suck slow, don't glow till after 19 seconds or so."  No combustion until the VAPORS HAVE ESCAPED (into our bloodstream of course), then only to dry out the screen before gently scratching windows open prior to another 25-mg serving. Five 25-mg tokes a day, 1826 a year, less than 2 ounces of sifted herb, Moderation and Control embodied in the equipment; guaranteed health and safety for children and adults. 

When this practice spreads over into the $igarette addict population (over 40 million in the USA alone, over a billion worldwide) and years-long hardcore users have learned how to divide a 700-mg $igarette into 28 separate tokes, cannabis advocates WILL GET SOME CREDIT for helping solve the world #1 health crisis (6 million deaths a year according to WHO, 2011).

Amazing

I give the brother credit for waking up to reality . What gets me , is why was a " Doctor " looking to Law Enforcement for " Health " advice ? When you get sick , do you go to the Police Dept . or to the Doctor`s office ? Cannabis prohibition has been a satanic sham on the public since its inception . If you can`t see the forest for the tree`s , then maybe a good Sativa could open your eye`s .

while im glad he switched

while im glad he switched sides, i think he just wanted to stay relevant. people with status only change their minds when they feel pressured to.

Yes, Dr. Gupta's revelation

Yes, Dr. Gupta's revelation about marijuana is both long overdue but still refreshing. It is now that much harder for the best politicians money can buy to lie for the profiteers of marijuana prohibition.

 

 

Mainstream media

Mainstream media is getting on board in a huge way over the last couple of weeks.  But will it last?  If only this had happened in early 2013 we may have seen at least one other state join Colorado and Washington.  Oh well, good things are worth waiting for, I suppose.

Thanks, Uncle

for reminding us that with the media more aware of cannabis than before in our lifetime this is the opportunity to bring forth PROPOSALS how to bring off a conversion to safe moderate use (eliminate the $igarette, as per details in my previous long-winded reply).

Give the media photos, diagrams and descriptions of a long-winded oops sorry, -stemmed CHOOMETTE Jamaican-style one-hitter, or kiseru, midwakh or sebsi, discuss what the MORE MARLEY, LESS MONOXIDE slogan means (VAPE vs "smoke" etc.).   All the above concepts are "copyleft" (what's left over after everything else is copyrighted), i.e. please steal and use any idea that will help you save thousands more kids from getting hooked on nicotine HBOMs.

this guy tells truth.Hes not

this guy tells truth.Hes not intimidated about the bullshit the dea tries to shove down mot peoples throat.BRAVO FOR TRUTH 

D'oh !

This is supposed to be an educated man, who's completely taken by surprise that an herb, NOT A DRUG, (drugs are manufactured with hazardous waste, petroleum by-products, and toxic sludge) isn't harmful to humans? He sounds so confused in the program that what he's been TOLD by people he listens to, is complete and utter bull shit. Almost like he didn't want to believe his own research. Sad.  Herbs grow naturally, dumb ass. Glad to see he's getting a clue, though.

This is MY life... Let ME choose treatments that are best for ME

I am a registered nurse, a mother of 2 toddlers and a chronically ill patient. I have been recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, of which I suffer from tremendously, on a daily basis. I believe I should have the option of using marijuana if and when my doctor recommends it (which she does!)! That is MY FREEDOM... My freedom from the body that tortures me AND my poor family so much... Every single day. If medical marijuana can allow me to walk again... Cook a healthy meal for my babies... Contribute POSITIVELY to society and perhaps even be able to WORK again, then why can't I have a chance to use this THERAPY? With a doctors recommendation, at that!?! I feel America needs to come out of this prohibition-style thinking and realize that there are VALID medical uses for this drug. I would very much like your support on this issue.. My struggling family would too, as it would mean having their Mommy back and not zoned out constantly on all these narcotic pain medications. The AP just released a statement from the Obama administration saying that they would not sue or inhibit Washington state and Colorado from legalizing RECREATIONAL marijuana use. If that is the case, then WHY ARE APPROPRIATE AND VALID MEDICAL USERS OF MARIJUANA IN OUR COUNTRY CONTINUING TO BE CRIMINALIZED AND STIGMATIZED FOR SEEKING TO RELIEVE THEIR DAILY TORMENT FROM A BODY RAVAGED WITH REAL, GENUINE DISEASE!?! I do not understand how treating a medical condition in one state can land u in prison, while just a few miles across the state border u can simply GET HIGH... Just because u feel the need arise and are free from criminal prosecution and financial torture by the court system! I simply feel this is unfair, and not only that but it infringes HEAVILY upon my personal freedoms, and my rights to valid medical treatments, and it puts up a roadblock to a good quality if life for me as well as my entire family with my type of chronic diagnosis. We need to rally together... Throw all stigmas aside and allow doctors and patients to choose therapies for themselves, tailored to patients individual needs and lives. We have taken the CARE out of patient care... And have allowed beurocrats to legislate treatment! Let us put the care back into the mix... stop the Hippocracy across state lines in this divided country, and let us instead uplift humanity by giving patients and families CHOICES instead of tearing down the American family by forcing narcotic addiction on individuals (or else continue to suffer) ... All in the name of an archaic stereotype of marijuana users reminiscent of the "Reefer Madness" days of half a century ago...

this idiot

what this idiot should be forced to do is to pay for 100s of billboards around the country for the total legalization of marijuana  but since that is a pipe dream i guess i have to do it myself.  i have never seen a billboard anywhere saying anything pro pot ever. why?

i get it but...

I understand what you are trying to say, but also true that its kind of a pipe dream so better do it yourself. Also there are actually hundreds of billboards pro marijuana, this association called normal use to place banners around big cities like LA in California. 

thanksyes

thanks

yes

A study done with a sample

A study done with a sample size of 25 is hardly deemed as anything but 'hmm, this looks interesting. we need more research.' The confidence intervals (and chi-square) are so loose as to be almost entirely meaningless. One respondent even claimed to smoke 1 ounce of marijuana a day. As a former serious pothead, either he is lying out his ass or has the shittiest weed known to man.

I was with you until this

I was with you until this part, of which I strongly disagree. I think civil disobedience is the best approach. Stop following arbitrary laws and live like a free person. Stop taking plea deals and fight out even the smallest of infractions in court. Who would you even be going after with your violent revolution? Most of the people working in government are decent people with families that they are trying to support. Wouldn't it be better to help them understand how criminal the organization that they work for is instead of trying to cut off their heads? I don't think violence is the key to anything here. I don't think you can create a peaceful voluntary society with violence.

If people are buying

If people are buying marijuana it means they aren't buying other stuff, so tax is no more.

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