Dr. Oz Talks Marijuana Health Benefits on Fox: Will Conservatives Agree?

Thursday, Jan 4, 2018

Dr. Mehmet Oz, the popular surgeon and television personality, brought cannabis under the spotlight recently on Fox & Friends. Dr. Oz suggested increasing cannabis use to fight the opioid crisis. How did his “Fox & Friends” hosts (and viewers) react, and could cannabis be the unifying force many Americans say they desperately want?

If we as a nation are politically divided, we’re much less so when it comes to marijuana health benefits: a recent poll shows close to two-thirds of Americans support both recreational and medical cannabis.

So what effect might Dr. Oz’s endorsement have? First, let’s look at his choice of audience for his strongly pro-cannabis remarks.

The good doctor chose a controversial platform from which to talk about potential marijuana health benefits. In the past, Fox & Friends’ guests have skewed markedly anti-cannabis. In a clip from August 2017, Kathy Barnette—the host of Truth Exchange, a conservative radio show—came to comment on a CDC study indicating that middle-aged parents are more likely to use cannabis than their teenaged children.

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