During an interview on Monday, May 12th, 2014, celebrity doctor Dr. Mehmet Oz, spoke with Larry King about his new perspective on the use of marijuana, particularly medical marijuana use.

Dr. Oz explains, “I grew up like most of my generation believing that marijuana was something Satan was throwing at Americans…but I think most of us have come around to believe that marijuana is hugely beneficial when used correctly for medicinal purposes.” Because smoking produces a psychoactive effect, however, Dr. Oz does warn against repeated recreational use, “…we pervert its use sometimes and I don’t think it should be widely used, certainly not by kids because it creates a dependence that is unhealthy in any setting. But it absolutely should be widely available in America (for medical use).”

Oz joins the ranks of other TV medical experts who have come out in support of medical marijuana in recent years, including CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who recently “doubled down” on his support, and ABC News’ chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser.