Sanjay Gupta’s Medical Pot ‘Revolution’ Continues to Gain Momentum in 2015
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The U.S. is in the midst of a medical marijuana revolution, and there’s no better time to legalize it in all 50 states, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, wrote in an op-ed published Thursday.
“We should legalize medical marijuana. We should do it nationally. And, we should do it now,” Gupta wrote.
His comments were published on CNN ahead of the Sunday premiere of Weed 3, the third installment of his documentary series that explores the status of marijuana research in the U.S.
In Weed 3, Gupta sat down with President Barack Obama and asked his opinion of the proposed Senate bill, the Carers Act of 2015. The bill, introduced in March, would allow states to legalize marijuana for medical use without federal interference, increase research into marijuana’s medical benefits, and reclassify its status as a dangerous drug.
Obama’s response was indirect, yet promising for medical marijuana advocates: “You know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details, but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be.”
Reclassifying marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, a less severe category of the five, would give scientists more freedom to research medical marijuana as a medical treatment. It seems more possible than ever, especially after the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told Gupta that more research is needed, and that he is "very open" to discuss how to facilitate this process.