U.S.: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Slams Federal Marijuana Policy - 'This Is Hypocrisy'
By Steve Elliott
CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta slammed federal marijuana policy in a Tuesday interview with Anderson Cooper, following up on his August 7 apology for having opposed medicinal cannabis before reversing his position.
"The U.S. holds a patent [on marijuana] on one hand, and on the other hand, same government says it has no medical applications," Gupta told Cooper, reports Arturo Garcia at The Raw Story. "Journalists are trained to hate hypocrisy. This is hypocrisy. I've never seen it quite like this."
Sanjay explained that the Department of Health and Human Services holds a patent on medical marijuana as "a protectant for the brain," even while classifying cannabis as a Schedule I drug with "no accepted medical uses."
The patent states that "cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia."
"I don't want kids taking this stuff," Gupta said, which is somewhat curious, because one of the most dramatic parts of his recent Weed documentary featured a five-year-old girl whose severe seizures were stopped by cannabis. "I don't want anybody whose brain hasn't fully developed -- which usually is in the mid-20s -- taking this stuff ... But the trade-off shouldn't be, we will then deny people therapy that may be the only therapy that works for them."