Dr. Sanjay Gupta ''Doubling Down" On Medical Marijuana

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, released a new op-ed where he again apologized to patients "unable to obtain the legitimate medicine that may have helped them," and said "I am not backing down on medical marijuana -- I am doubling down."

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke to Erin Burnett on Wednesday night about his latest op-ed:

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Excerpt from Dr. Sanjay Gupta's new CNN op-ed:

I have met with hundreds of patients, dozens of scientists and the curious majority who simply want a deeper understanding of this ancient plant. I have sat in labs and personally analyzed the molecules in marijuana that have such potential but are also a source of intense controversy. I have seen those molecules turned into medicine that has quelled epilepsy in a child and pain in a grown adult. I've seen it help a woman at the peak of her life to overcome the ravages of multiple sclerosis.

I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana.

I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down.

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