Sanjay Gupta Endorses Medical Marijuana, Terribly & Systematically Misled

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    Sanjay Gupta Endorses Medical Marijuana
    "We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that," Gupta, who penned an article for Time in 2009 titled "Why I Would Vote No on Pot," writes for CNN.com. "I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. ... I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.

    Sanjay Gupta Backs Medical Marijuana, Apologizes
    "Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive," wrote Gupta. "Well, I am here to apologize."

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta: I Was Wrong
    A recent survey in the New England Journal of Medicine also indicated support for medical marijuana. When told about a hypothetical case of a 68-year-old woman with breast cancer that had spread to her lungs, chest and spine, 76 percent of doctors surveyed said they would favor the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

    Sanjay Gupta: I'm Sorry, I Was Wrong about Medical Marijuana
    "We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that," said Gupta.

    Terribly & Systematically Misled about Marijuana
    He pointed out tolerance is a real problem in existing medications: People are likely to overdose from a prescription drug every 19 minutes, but he couldn't come across one case of a marijuana overdose.

    Sanjay Gupta Apologizes For 'Misleading' Public About Weed (VIDEO)
    Gupta says he was too dismissive of the "loud chorus" of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved with help from medical marijuana. He now says, "I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance [a category of dangerous drugs] because of sound scientific proof."

    "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," wrote Gupta, citing patient cases including a 3-year-old whose seizures were dramatically reduced from 300 a week to three a month with medical marijuana's help.

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    Dr. Sanjay Gupta (L) and documentary subject Paige Figis attend the 'Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports' screening at Time Warner Center on August 6, 2013 in New York City. / Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Time Warner

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