Sanjay Gupta, a nationally-known medical doctor and CNN's chief medical correspondent, will unveil a documentary Sunday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. on the medical benefits of marijuana, including a strain that has been helping children with severe epilepsy in Colorado. He said that he has met a child who has had remarkable success with cannabis and is now convinced the drug can help people who are ill.
On Thursday, Gupta apologized for his past anti-medical marijuana stance, after having written an article in Time Magazine in 2009 entitled "Why I Would Vote No on Pot." Now, after traveling around the world and listening to stories of people who have been helped by medical marijuana, he says he has changed his mind.
"I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis," he said.
Meanwhile, New Jersey parents of children who have severe epilepsy are waiting for Gov. Christie to sign a bill that would make it easier for them to use cannabis. It is legal for these children to use marijuana, but regulations promulgated by the Christie administration have made it nearly impossible for them to get access to the drug. The bill would allow them to use it in edible form, which likely would be added to butter, instead of them having to smoke it.
Christie has said he has misgivings about allowing children to use medical marijuana. He has until Aug. 19 to decided whether to veto or sign the bill.