President Obama has a very on again, off again relationship with marijuana. Good news for now, not only does he fully support medical marijuana, he is said to be “enthusiastic” about it.
A CNN special called “Weed 3,” that will be aired on Sunday, depicts President Obama stating his full support of medical marijuana, in addition to advocating for alternative drug abuse treatment that does not include imprisonment. He believes that looking at the science behind it, as opposed to the ideology, is a better way to go.
Elaborating that treating drug abuse issues from a public health model approach instead of an incarceration model would be more beneficial. He cited the declining use of tobacco as a result of that, and explained that this can be accomplished with marijuana without throwing anyone in jail.
Obama is advocating for the education of people about the substances they are using, and making sure that anyone who has an addiction knows when and how to get help.
Weed 3 is the third installment in an ongoing documentary series by CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta. Dr. Gupta is an acclaimed neurosurgeon who has become highly supportive of medical marijuana in recent years.
While most network TV specials are centered around the economics of the emerging legal cannabis market, it seems the narrative of Weed 3 will show viewers more insights into medical applications and public policy.