Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy at Keele University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"The results of this study indicate that the incidence and prevalence of diagnoses of schizophrenia and psychoses in general practice did not increase between 1996 and 2005...
This study does not therefore support the specific causal link between cannabis use and the incidence of psychotic disorders...
The most parsimonious explanation of the results reported here are that the schizophrenia/psychoses data presented here are valid and the causal models linking cannabis with schizophrenia/psychoses are not supported by this study."
"Assessing the Impact of Cannabis Use on Trends in Diagnosed Schizophrenia in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2005," Schizophrenia Research, Sep. 2009
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:
Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Keele University, 1997-present
Represented United Kingdom (UK) government, Scientific Board of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), 2000-2003
Cowritten with Ilana Crome, Orsolina Martino, Peter Croft, "Assessing the Impact of Cannabis Use on Trends in Diagnosed Schizophrenia in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2005," Schizophrenia Research, Sep. 2009
Cowritten with Heath Heatlie and Mathew Hickman, "Prevalence of Problematic and Injecting Drug Use for Drug Action Team Areas in England," Journal of Public Health, Mar. 2006
Cowritten with Helen Beckett, "Drug Use Desistance," Criminology and Criminal Justice, Feb. 2006
Cowritten with I. Crome, J. Macleod, D. Millson, and P. Croft, "Substance Misuse and Psychiatric Illness: Prospective Observational Study Using the General Practice Research Database," Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, Oct. 2005
Cowritten with Juliet Collins, David Millson, Ilana Crome, Peter Croft, "Prevalence of Comorbid Psychiatric Illness and Substance Misuse in Primary Care in England and Wales," Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, Dec. 2004
Has published over 100 papers in two main areas: addiction research and general practice consultation data.