by David Downs
Eight months ago CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta made a major about-face, moving from denouncing the idea of legalizing marijuana to arguing for its medical availability to anyone it helps, including children with chronic, severe seizures that do not respond to pharmaceutical drugs.
Next week, he releases ‘Cannabis Madness’ — a counterpoint to the infamous propaganda video ‘Reefer Madness’.
“I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down,” writes Gupta in a powerful op-ed on CNN today.
In "Cannabis Madness," which airs Tuesday,
“You will meet families all across the country — a stay-at-home mom from Ohio, a nurse practitioner from Florida, an insurance salesman from Alabama — more than 100 families who have all left jobs, homes, friends and family behind and moved to Colorado to get the medicine that relieves their suffering.”
“I have met with hundreds of patients, dozens of scientists and the curious majority who simply want a deeper understanding of this ancient plant. I have sat in labs and personally analyzed the molecules in marijuana that have such potential but are also a source of intense controversy. I have seen those molecules turned into medicine that has quelled epilepsy in a child and pain in a grown adult. I've seen it help a woman at the peak of her life to overcome the ravages of multiple sclerosis.
I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana.”