Last week, Dr. Oz took a stand for medical marijuana on the Fox and Friends morning show. The conversation addressed the opioid epidemic affecting America and Dr. Oz didn't hesitate to take the opportunity to speak out on his feeling regarding the subject. Take a look at the clip below and you might gain a new found respect for the celebrity surgeon.
Dr. Oz makes reference to the hypocrisy of the federal government labeling cannabis as a gateway drug. In actuality, there have been countless studies that have proven medical marijuana has been extremely helpful in weaning opioid addicts off of harder drugs such as heroin and prescription pills such as Oxycontin and Xanax. He suggests that medical marijuana should be better known as an 'Exit Drug' rather than a gateway drug.
While this may have been shocking to the Fox and Friends hosts, it comes as no surprise to many who understand the benefits of medical cannabis. As more and more high-profile medical professionals speak out in support of medicinal marijuana, the entire medical community will eventually come to a consensus. This will hopefully have a dramatic effect in Washington as well, and persuade law-makers to declassify cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug.
Dr. Oz mentions the fact that due to the Schedule 1 classification of marijuana, medical researchers and professionals are not allowed to study it. His outrage is understandable when you consider the potential impact of legalizing medicinal marijuana in all 50 states.
While big Pharma continues to lobby against reclassifying marijuana, it will inevitably be declassified as a Schedule 1 drug. Public opinion is beginning to shift as more people understand the overwhelming benefits of medical marijuana. Hopefully more medical professionals will follow in Dr. Oz's footsteps and speak out in favor of declassifying this miracle medicine.
Watch Dr. Oz tackle this issue in depth in a recent episode of The Doctor Oz Show. He's adoment that studies and research if well funded will prove marijuana can help with chronic pain. In his conclusion he asks all doctors, researchers, and viewers to sign his petition to submit it to the federal government. Over 50,000 people have signed it already and with another 25,000 they'll be enough signatures to make a real difference regarding this issue.