Professor of Public Health at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine Former US Surgeon General
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS -- or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day."
"Myths About Medical Marijuana," Providence Journal, Mar. 26, 2004
Key Experts Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Distinguished Professor in the College of Public Health and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1994-present
Surgeon General of the US Public Health Service, July 1993- Jan. 1995
President, Association of State and Territorial Health Officers, 1992
Director, Arkansas Department of Health, 1987
Recipient, Woman of the Year Award, Arkansas Democrat
Recipient, Career development award, National Institutes of Health
Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, National Governor's Association
Recipient, Dr. Nathan Davis Award, American Medical Association
MS, Biochemistry, University of Arkansas Medical Center, 1967