Senate Candidate Dr. Oz, Who Once Sang Pot’s Praises, Now Thinks Supporting Legalization Is Clearly Crazy
Just two years ago, Mehmet Oz was saying “we ought to completely change our policy on marijuana,” which he described as “one of the most underused tools in America.” Back then, Oz was still hosting his eponymous daytime talk show, a job he left in January to seek the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. But now that Oz is running for that seat against the Democratic nominee, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the former TV doctor has changed his tune on marijuana, mocking his opponent for supporting legalization.
“He’s the most radical candidate in the country,” Oz tweeted last week. The video he presented to back up that claim cites Fetterman’s positions on criminal justice reform, government spending, energy production, and “socialized medicine” while suggesting that he is taking his cues from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.), a self-described “democratic socialist.” But the video begins by alluding to Fetterman’s support for legalizing recreational marijuana, which the ad presents as clear evidence of his left-wing wackiness.
He’s the most radical candidate in the country. pic.twitter.com/Z2jr8yowos
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) August 15, 2022
“Let’s pull back his hoodie and examine what’s in his head,” the narrator says as an animation shows the top of Fetterman’s skull come off. Out pop a bunch of screws, followed by a rainbow-colored bong. “Looks like he has some screws loose,” says the voiceover. “What’s this?” the narrator adds, referring to the bubbling, smoking bong, which elicits a couple of coughs. The unsubtle message: “John Fetterman is crazier than you think.”
During a recent Fox News interview, Oz likewise cited Fetterman’s position on marijuana legalization as evidence that he is unfit for the job he is seeking. “He’s known for hanging a pot flag out of the windows” and “campaigning” to “get marijuana legalized,” Oz said.
In 2020, by contrast, Oz did not seem to think that position was manifestly absurd. Oz told rapper and radio personality Fatman Scoop that Montel Williams, another daytime talk show host, had “years ago” persuaded him that marijuana was medically useful by explaining how it helped alleviate the symptoms of his multiple sclerosis. “We ought to completely change our policy on marijuana,” Oz said. “It absolutely works.”
While elaborating on marijuana’s medical utility, Oz also noted that its hazards compare favorably to those of alcohol and prescription drugs. “I’ve seen this helping people with sleep issues, with pain issues for sure, and a lot of people who have serious medical problems getting relief,” he said. “And here’s the thing: You can’t die from it. I’m unaware of a
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