Dr. Sanjay Gupta calls for a medical marijuana revolution
In a strongly worded op-ed piece for CNN, Dr. Sanja Gupta has stated that he believes that there is a “marijuana revolution,” underway, and that it is a revolution he supports.
Gupta claims that he sees signs of the revolution everywhere, from state ballots, to esteemed scientists, right down to the Surgeon General of the United States.
“I see a revolution in the attitudes of everyday Americans,” writes Gupta, “For the first time a majority, 53%, favor its legalization, with 77% supporting it for medical purposes.”
Dr. Gupta has made two documentaries covering every aspect of marijuana. He is finishing a third that concentrates on what he terms a revolution, demonstrating the widespread acceptance he believes is underway.
“They are the remarkable and surprising faces of this revolution,” Gupta’s article states, “smart, successful and suffering — unwilling to accept the fact that commonly prescribed medications often used to treat PTSD can be worse than the underlying disorder itself.”
Gupta, in Thursday’s CNN article repeatedly, underscores that he believes that the federal government needs to get into the revolution, turning it into a government sanctioned benefit to the people of the United States. He writes that the government has demonstrated countless times that it has the power and resources to perform medical studies and provide services that benefit citizens.
Dr. Gupta makes it clear that he believes this is a worthwhile cause for the federal government, citing studies on pain relief, and benefits for patients suffering from cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, epilepsy and an overall reduction of painkiller overdoses among cannabis users.
The op-ed piece finishes with Gupta relating a discussion he had with Senators Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York). He characterizes them as highly supportive of the revolution. However, he told them that it was not enough, and that more needs to be done, and quickly.
Gupta sums up his position in the last sentence of the article,
“So, here it is: We should legalize medical marijuana. We should do it nationally. And, we should do it now.”