Saturday, August 10, 2013

'Why I changed my mind about weed': Leading U.S. doctor who was previously anti-legalisation now believes he was wrong

A leading U.S. doctor who was opposed to the medicinal use of cannabis says that he has changed his mind after investigating medical marijuana further.

Dr Sanjay Gupta travelled the world interviewing weed experts, producers and patients, while making a documentary called ‘Weed’.

He says that before he started the project, he was ‘unimpressed’ by the scientific literature on medical marijuana.

However, he says that he now wants to apologise for holding this opinion, CNN reports.

Dr Gupta says he believes that he had not previously considered all of the arguments and that, now that he has, he has changed him mind on the topic.

Dr Gupta says that his research has led him to believe that marijuana does have important medicinal properties and that medicinal marijuana use does not come with a high potential for abuse – both things that are denied by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

He draws on the example of a girl called Charlotte Figi, from Colorado, who was having 300 seizures a week when she was three. Full story...

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