On the eve of 4/20, President Obama is expected to give medical marijuana supporters a little nugget of hope. The president will join Sanjay Gupta in the CNN special, “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution.” In this third installment of the documentary series, Gupta, the CNN chief medical correspondent, will speak to the politics surrounding research of the medicinal uses of cannabis.
According to the Huffington Post, Gupta, who published an op-ed on Friday calling for a medical marijuana revolution, asks Obama if he supports the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, also known as the CARERS Act of 2015.
President Obama responded:
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.
The bipartisan bill would, among other things, amend the Controlled Substance Act, allowing states to have their own medical marijuana policies without individuals facing risk of federal prosecution. It would also reclassify cannabis from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II drug, which would open the way for medical research.
This comes after even the new Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy has voiced his openness to the “preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms marijuana can be very helpful.”
Support for medical marijuana doesn’t end there, though. Most Americans want the Feds to back off marijuana prohibition.
Perhaps it really is only a matter of time before something as natural as cannabis will be widely available for those that need it the most: the chronically ill.
Watch this clip from the original CNN special “WEED,” which first aired in 2013, and tune in to CNN tonight for “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution” at 9 p.m., ET.