Dr. Sanjay Gupta is used to making headlines. The brain surgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent can’t even leave his office and walk through CNN Center without tour groups stopping him to take his picture or compliment his work. But this time the intensity of interest in a story he wrote for CNN.com about how he changed his mind about the effectiveness of medical marijuana was something even he didn’t anticipate.
“The attention has been pretty intense, and I was a little surprised,” Gupta said. “I know it’s a provocative topic, but the science is there to back it up.”
More than 330,000 people shared the story on Facebook, and it started to trend on Twitter. His column inspired pot jokes as well as thoughtful conversations in publications around the world.