A White House spokesman offered little when asked for an official reaction to Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s new stance on marijuana. Earlier this month, Gupta publicly apologized for misleading Americans about medical marijuana’s harms and explained his change of heart in an online column. All of this was in advance of the airing of his CNN documentary, Weed.
However, when Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked if the White House had any reaction or if Obama “has been personally looking at that issue,” Earnest explained, “I have to confess I did not see the Sanjay Gupta column that you’re referring to, so it’s hard for me to comment on it at this point.”
Gupta's essay and documentary highlighted the obvious contradiction between the DEA's unscientific designation of marijuana as a drug with no medical value and the reality of medicinal cannabis successfully treating patients of all ages.
According to Gupta, “We have been terribly and systematically misled [about marijuana] for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that."
In 2009, President Obama considered Dr. Gupta for the post of Surgeon General.