A new Sanjay Gupta marijuana special airs Sunday on CNN and it will apparently feature President Barack Obama giving his “full support of medical marijuana” and will also speak about other options for drug abuse treatment that don’t involve incarceration.
According to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation, The Daily Caller’s Jonah Bennett reports that the special, “Weed 3,” features Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, interviewing President Barack Obama.
During the show, Gupta and Obama chat about a multitude of cannabis-related topics, including the recent bipartisan bill known as the CARERS Act, which proposes rescheduling marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2. When Gupta asks Obama about the bill, the President says, “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.”
Obama also points to the decline in tobacco use as an example of how effective public health models can be if taken seriously. Obama said, “You know, one of the great victories of this country has been our ability to reduce incidences of smoking, increase the incidences of seat belt use. You know, we save tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of lives every single year. We didn’t throw anybody in jail; we just made sure that they were well-informed and if somebody has an addiction, we made sure that we made it easy for them to get help.”
In the past, Obama has predicted that more states will legalize and confirmed that “although marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, the Department of Justice will look the other way.”
“Weed 3” airs Sunday at 9pm ET on CNN.