Dr. Sanjay Gupta ''Doubling Down" On Medical Marijuana
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, released a new op-ed where he again apologized to patients "unable to obtain the legitimate medicine that may have helped them," and said "I am not backing down on medical marijuana -- I am doubling down."
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.
I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down.
Michael Rusch is the global news curation director for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.