Obama To Announce ‘Full Support’ of National Medical Marijuana Legalization
All of this is set to be aired on a television special dubbed “Weed 3.” The show features CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, as most of the network’s marijuana documentaries and specials have.
Gupta is a neurosurgeon who took a long, winding road before coming to support medical marijuana. He says that this decision was a matter of “science.” He claim to support medical marijuana “after reviewing the evidence,” according to Gupta.
The Daily Caller obtained an email from the network that reviewed the contents of this weekend’s CNN special with the president.
In the past, Obama has stated his believe that “more states” will follow the “lead” of Washington and Colorado in legalization of recreational marijuana use. But this is the furthest he has gone in actually advocating for a change in marijuana laws nationally.
Chief among the topics to be discussed in the interview between Gupta and Obama is the recent bipartisan bill that is currently on the Senate floor related to the rescheduling of marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2. The bill was introduced by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, but it is far from the only pro-pot bill in play right now.
“You know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details, but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be,” Obama said.
Obama said that reducing use of drugs can be accomplished without jail sentences. To prove his point, he cited the dropping statistics on smoking tobacco.
“You know, one of the great victories of this country has been our ability to reduce incidences of smoking, increase the incidences of seat belt use,” Obama said to Gupta. “You know, we save tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of lives every single year. We didn’t throw anybody in jail; we just made sure that they were well-informed and if somebody has an addiction, we made sure that we made it easy for them to get help.”
Obama said last February that states can enact policies to discourage marijuana use, without prohibiting the plant directly.
Stay tuned, it sounds like things are about to get interesting.
(Article by Jackson Marciana and Reagan Ali)
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