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Dr. Oz: Marijuana May Be the Answer to America's Opioid Crisis

Hey Dr. Oz, what’s in your smoothie?

First Dr. Sanjay Gupta, then Dr. Mehmet Oz, who hosts a daytime talk show on Fox. Both reversed their opinions about medical marijuana in 2014. "It absolutely should be widely available," the TV doc said then.

On Sept. 19, Dr. Oz doubled down on pot on Fox & Friends:

'The real story is the hypocrisy around medical marijuana. People think it's a gateway drug to narcotics. It may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic.... We're not allowed to study it because it's a Schedule I drug, and I personally believe it could help.'

On a 2014 episode of Larry King Now, he stated:

“I grew up with most of my generation thinking that marijuana was something Satan was throwing at Americans and a communist plot. But I think that most of us have come around to the belief that marijuaa is hugely beneficial when used correctly for medicinal purposes. We pervert its use sometimes. I don't think it should be widely used, certainly by kids, because it creates a dependence that's unhealthy in any setting. But it absolutely should be widely available in America."

The previous year, Dr. Oz wasn't so sure when he wrote, "As a physician, I believe marijuana has a therapeutic role for patients with conditions such as cancer and chronic pain. But my bottom line is that I cannot condone any type of impairment for recreational purposes, especially when the consequences are diminished mental capacity and possibly even dependence."

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of CelebStoner.com, editor-in-chief of Freedom Leaf, co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness, and the former editor of High Times.