By Oscar Pascual |
President Barack Obama takes a stand and expresses his full support for medical marijuana.
Despite telling VICE in a March interview that marijuana legalization is not a priority, President Barack Obama now supports the prescription use of medical marijuana. The president reveals his newfound support for weed in an interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, which airs Sunday night, reports the Daily Caller.
Gupta’s interview with the president will be featured in “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution,” the latest installment in Gupta’s special TV documentary series.
During the interview, the two discussed the CARERS bill — the recent Senate floor bipartisan bill that would legalize medical marijuana at the federal level.
Gupta asked Obama directly whether he supports the bill.
“You know, I think I need to look at the details, but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may actually be appropriate and that we should follow science as opposed to ideology. this area, but I’ve also been known to say that the more we treat some of these drug abuse issues from a public health model and not just an incarceration model, the better off we’ll be,” Obama responded.
The president then went on to describe how drug abuse treatment would likely benefit addicts beyond jail time.
“You know, one of the great victories of this country is our ability to reduce smoking and increase seat belts,” Obama told Gupta. “You know, we save tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of lives every year. We didn’t throw anyone in jail; we just made sure they were well informed and if someone has an addiction we made it easy for them to get help.”
Gupta’s latest “Weed” special is the doctor’s latest attempt to shed light on the actual evidence of marijuana’s medicinal value. Gupta aired his first “Weed” special in 2013, after vocally opposing the legalization of marijuana for several years.
“We have been horribly and systematically misled in the United States for nearly 70 years and I apologize for my own role in it,” Gupta said.
Watch Gupta’s interview with President Obama in “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution,” airing on CNN Sunday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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