DFW NORML quoted in Dallas Morning News
DFW NORML has been making a major splash in Texas when it comes to cannabis activism, their biggest achievement being a regional conference held this past June and a BBQ held at the Dallas Veteran Affairs Hospital. This time they are mentioned and quoted by the Dallas Morning News in their latest piece on Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Gupta has been renown for his opposition to marijuana and has been very vocal about it, even being featured in a piece for TIME back in 2009 entitled “Why I would Vote No on Pot.”
After reviewing the facts though, he has changed his mind and has publicly apologized for his role in misleading America on the subject of cannabis, a naturally growing plant which has never seen a recorded death resulting from its consumption. It is also less addictive and harmful than alcohol and tobacco.
Gupta will have an upcoming broadcast on CNN entitled Weed in which he explores the topic by talking to medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. He also covers research studies about marijuana’s benefits including a 2007 report by Harvard University that shows the active ingredient in marijuana, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and reduces the ability of the cancer to spread. In fact, THC works much more effectively than chemotherapy and without the side effects. Gupta explores more recent studies in Israel and the U.S. that look at how marijuana can relieve symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and can be effective in treating pain, anxiety and inflammation, which aggravates many medical conditions. Gupta is a neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent.
The executive director of DFW NORML “National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws” Shaun McAlister is quoted in the news article as stating:
We at DFW Norml are pleased (and relieved) that CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent has finally come around on the topic of marijuana. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a household name for many Americans and having him acknowledge the numerous medicinal benefits cannabis has to offer humanity is a tremendous victory for the reform movement and its suffering patients. Moreover, his apology for the role he played in adding to the confusion about medical marijuana gives us hope for the immediate future. Hope that if someone as mainstream as Sanjay Gupta can admit to being wrong about “weed” on the homepage of CNN, then maybe our President, politicians, the DEA and and the rest of the prohibitionists aren’t all that far behind.
Herb’s the word.
With 20 states and the nation’s capital already on board with medical marijuana, and two states already legalized, even those who support prohibition concede it is a matter of when, not if, cannabis becomes legalized.
It’s a major step to see people like Gupta admit that they were wrong and be so public about it, and to have organizations like the Dallas Morning News give coverage to cannabis organizations like this. If you want to help ensure more things like this happen, you should go their website and leave a positive message thanking them for their coverage.
By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com