Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"The issue of whether marijuana has medicinal benefits no longer seems to be in question. Hundreds of scientific studies and thousands of testimonials from patients have established marijuana's effectiveness in controlling the nausea of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation; in enhancing appetites for AIDS patients who suffer a wasting syndrome or who have adverse reactions to their HAART (highly active antiretroviral treatment) medications; in reducing intraocular pressure for persons with glaucoma; in giving relief from spasms of muscular dystrophy; and for relieving pain from dozens of other serious diseases."
"Providing Medical Marijuana: The Importance of Cannabis," cowritten with Harvey W. Feldman, PhD, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Apr.-June 1998
Experts PhD's and JD's (lawyers) with significant post-doctoral involvement in medical marijuana issues; judges who have presided over medical marijuana cases. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Sonoma State University
President, National Association of Ethnography and Social Policy
Founder, La Familia Unida AIDS Outreach Project
PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1969