“Fox & Friends” is probably the last place you’d expect to hear a spirited defense of medical marijuana. Dr. Oz was on the program to discuss his upcoming interview with Ivanka Trump. Right before cutting to commercial Dr. Oz launched into a staunch soliloquy about medical marijuana, aimed at the hypocrisy surrounding the plant.
Fox host Ainsley Earhardt inquired whether Dr. Oz thought the political dissension surrounding Donald Trump’s presidency was bad for the country. Dr. Oz agreed, but then used the question to steer into a larger conversation about the opioid epidemic.
“The real story is the hypocrisy around medical marijuana,” Oz said. “People say marijuana is a gateway drug to narcotics—it may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic.”
“Wow!” said co-host Steve Doocy, who Raw Story says is known for mocking cannabis users with the saying “all potted up.”
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“We’re not allowed to study it because it’s a Schedule I drug,” Oz added. “And I personally believe it could help.”
“I hadn’t heard that before,” Doocy replied, quickly cutting to commercial.
Fox & Friends had asked Dr. Oz to speak about Ivanka Trump battling postpartum depression—which marijuana can help with, by the way—as she revealed in their interview. But they got more than they bargained for apparently.