Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent.
Well know nuerosurgeon, Sanjay Gupta made a startling revelation regarding Marijuana which is bound to reverberate throughout Government, Medical, Law-enforcement, and big business communities.
“Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called “Weed.” The title “Weed” may sound cavalier, but the content is not.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. 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. 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”.http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook.
This is an eye-opening Article, all I can say is “WOW” I applaud Dr. Gupta for the honesty strength , and resolve he has shown in writing this piece, even as the scientific facts came to light. He could have chosen to remain silent, exactly because of the humongous backlash and push-back that is sure to come from Government, law-enforcement, and those invested in the prison Industrial complex. Speaking for myself even as a cop, I felt there was something wrong in locking away people for marijuana a mere plant. I never smoked it , but I have seen many people who have, they seem quite normal, particularly compared to people who use cocaine,and other drugs, alcohol or even tobacco. It is rather refreshing that Dr Gupta has stepped forward to tell the truth. Look out Sanjay they will be coming at you, countless lives have been destroyed and sidetracked because Police are allowed to arrest people alleging marijuana use and sales.
It is important for clarity, and fairness that I include in this Article a comment someone made in another forum. Quote: I’m sure it’s completely a coincidence that the good doctor recently became a part owner of a multi-million dollar medical marijuana dispensary in CA.(LessThanZero) For the record we haven’t attempted to find out whether Dr. Gupta has any fiduciary interest in the production of cannabis. We also do not believe that even if he does, that that would in any way negate what he and many others have found to be scientific fact.
Dr. Gupta wrote :
On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. My research started with a careful reading of that decades old letter. What I found was unsettling. Egeberg had carefully chosen his words: “Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue.” Not because of sound science, but because of its absence.
As a spectator to this process, I am awe-struck at the amount of lives destroyed, the amount of people deported from the United States, and the amount of people in prisons all over the world because of one recommendation 45 years ago. A recommendation which was made not because of sound science, but because of its absence.