Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"I have viewed marijuana the same as any other medicinal botanical in which possible health benefits are unknown or unproven. That is, the plant and plant extracts should be investigated by qualified medical professionals to determine whether the plant material has any potential for treating human afflictions, separating the anecdotal from the tested.
From the beginning, I have recognized that this plant is somewhat different from other medicinal plants, long suppressed because of misuse as a recreational drug. Yet, I also recognized that with proper security any misuse of plant material grown for medical trials could be prevented. Indeed, the danger from growing this plant seems no more hazardous than other illicit drugs to which the government limits access through appropriate security arrangements."
"People Working to Legalize Medical Marijuana," American Civil Liberties Union website, Nov. 29, 2005
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:
Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Respondent, In The Matter of Lyle E. Craker, PhD, Drug Enforcement Administration application to grow marijuana for medical research
Editor, Journal of Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants
Chairman, Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Section, International Society for Horticultural Science
Organizing Member, International Council on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Editorial Board, Hungarian Agronomica, Herbalgram, and Medicinal Plant Abstracts
Member, ISHS Working Group on Culture of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Member, American Society for Horticultural Science
Member, International Society for Horticultural Science
Member, Sigma Xi
Member, International Herb Association
PhD, Agronomy & Plant Genetics (specialization in Plant Physiology, minor in Biochemistry), University of Minnesota, 1967
BS, Agronomy, University of Wisconsin, 1963
AA., Business Administration, Mass Bay Community College, 1976
Dr. Craker's research interest is "directed toward the control of mechanisms regulating essential oil synthesis and composition of several herbs. Interested in the effect of light and environmental stress on physiology and biochemistry of herbs and other plants, especially as related to increasing production and quality of plant extracts." Lyle E. Craker website (accessed on Feb. 23, 2007)