California and more than 20 other states have legalized cannabis for medical use and benefits, and the pot business has gotten a boost from approvals of recreational use in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and Washington, D.C. Over the next five years, the marijuana industry is expected to experience a boom with the prediction that more states will legalize recreational marijuana.
With doctors like Sanjay Gupta saying he is “not backing down on medical marijuana; (but) doubling down,” it is difficult to ignore or not to be at least faintly interested in what the buzz is all about. While the U.S. government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance, defined as one of “the most dangerous” drugs “with no currently accepted medical use,” they also hold a patent for medical marijuana use in cases of stroke or head trauma.
With world-renowned physicians like Dr. Sanjay Gupta not only studying marijuana and its benefits of cannabinoids like Cannabidiol (CBD), but actively advocating for legalization, change may come soon. Gupta recently issued this public apology retracting a TIME magazine article he had written back in 2009, entitled, Why I would Vote No on Pot.
Gupta stated, “I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.”