Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Marijuana Mea Culpa

By Alex Weprin 

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This weekend CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will host a documentary about medical marijuana in the U.S. called “Weed.” While the title is provocative, the content is decidedly more reserved, with Gupta taking a serious, in-depth look at the medical effects of marijuana.

To that end, Gupta wrote an op-ed on CNN.com offering something of a mea culpa on marijuana.

Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled “Why I would Vote No on Pot.”

Well, I am here to apologize.

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.

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