CNN’s Chief medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, had a change of heart about marijuana.
The veteran broadcaster and American neurosurgeon has been a consistent and even-minded voice against the proliferation of marijuana in society, and its use medicinally.
Back in 2009, Gupta even penned a piece for TIME magazine called “Why I would Vote No on Pot,” which outlines his skepticism about the benefits of marijuana based on what he called “unimpressive” scientific literature.
But on Friday morning, Gupta apologized.
Gupta’s article on CNN.com “Why I changed my mind on weed,” came after a year-long documentary project where he traveled around the world, speaking with a variety of patients.
Gupta contradicts some of marijuana opponents’ most fervent talking points, including the claim that marijuana leads to a high risk of abuse.
He also apologizes to what he calls a “loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.”
“Instead, I lumped them with the high-visibility malingerers, just looking to get high. I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof,” he says.
Gupta’s documentary titled “Weed” airs Sunday night on CNN.