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CNN s top medical corre-
spondent, Dr Sanjay Gupta, says
he was wrong in opposing the
medical use of marijuana in the
past, and he now believes the
drug can have real benefits for
people with specific health
Gupta, who is also a brain sur-
geon, detailed his change in an
interview Friday and in an article
for CNN s Web site titled, "Why
I changed my mind on weed."
He will narrate a documentary
on the topic that will air Sun-
He wrote in Time magazine
in 2009 about his opposition to
laws that would make the drug
available for medical purposes.
Several states now allow medical
But Gupta said Friday he too
easily associated marijuana with
"malingerers that just wanted to
Gupta said he didn t look hard
enough at research on the topic
and found new research since
Most of the research done in
the United States about mari-
juana is about what harm it could
do. He said he s found more
research overseas that discusses
the medical benefits.
"We have been terribly and
systematically misled for nearly
70 years in the United States,
and I apologise for my own role
in that," he wrote.
Two states now even allow
limited recreational marijuana
use, though they are moving
carefully since federal law dis-
Gupta was encouraged to look
into the issue further when he
met a 5-year-old girl for whom
medical marijuana has sharply
reduced the seizures she had been
He realised that medical pro-
fessionals should be responsible
for providing the best care pos-
sible, and that could include mar-
While people die regularly
from prescription drug overdoses,
Gupta said he s been unable to
find a documented case of death
from a marijuana overdose.
Gupta said he doesn t want
people to apply his change of
heart to the issue of recreational
marijuana use. As a father, he
said, he wouldn t allow his chil-
dren to smoke marijuana until
they are adults. If they want to,
he d urge them to wait until their
mid-20s when their brains are
fully developed, because of stud-
ies that show the drug can dam-
age young people. (AP)
Ayrn Taylor displays medical marijuana at a dispensary in Los
Angeles, California, earlier this year. REUTERS
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Oprah Winfrey says she s sorry
a media frenzy emerged after say-
ing she experienced racism during
a trip to Switzerland.
"I think that incident in Switzer-
land was just an incident in Switzer-
land. I m really sorry that it got
blown up. I purposefully did not
mention the name of the store. I m
sorry that I said it was Switzerland,"
Winfrey said, speaking at the pre-
miere of Lee Daniels The Butler.
In recent interview with Enter-
tainment Tonight, Winfrey recalled
a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique
refusing to show her a handbag.
Winfrey said she was told she could
not afford the $38,000 purse.
"I m in a store and the person
doesn t obviously know that I carry
the black card, and so they make
an assessment based upon the way
I look and who I am," said Winfrey,
who earned $77 million in the year
ending in June, according to Forbes
"I didn t have anything that said
I have money: I wasn t wearing a
diamond stud. I didn t have a pock-
etbook. I didn t wear Louboutin
shoes. I didn t have anything," said
Winfrey on the red carpet. "You
should be able to go in a store look-
ing like whatever you look like and
say I d like to see this. That didn t
Swiss tourism officials and the
boutique owner apologised for the
incident last week, but Winfrey
insists there s no need.
"It s not an indictment against
the country or even that store," she
said. "It was just one person who
didn t want to offer me the oppor-
tunity to see the bag. So no apologies
necessary from the country of
Switzerland. If somebody makes a
mistake in the United States do we
apologise in front of the whole
The Butler, which opens Friday,
documents the civil rights move-
ment through the story of a butler
who served in the White House for
seven presidents. (AP)
Oprah sorry Switzerland
incident got blown up
Gupta: I was wrong about medical ganja
Dr Sanjay Gupta, CNN's top medical correspondent.
'I'm in a store and the person doesn't obviously know that I
carry the black card, and so they make an assessment
based upon the way I look and who I am.'
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