Founder & Managing Partner at Nelson Hardiman law firm
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"It is no longer tenable to deny the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana. A growing body of research – including studies commissioned by the State of California via the University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) – makes the medical benefits of marijuana abundantly clear. This is simply an area where social policy lags behind the data.
In light of the human suffering that is being alleviated through the therapeutic use of marijuana, there is no question that marijuana should be a medical option. This is not to suggest that the government should refrain from any regulation of marijuana. Instead that, just as the government regulates other therapeutic agents with abuse risks – such as narcotic opioids – it should regulate marijuana and marijuana-infused products...
To date, 15 states have taken the step of decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal use and regulating its administration. A similar number of states are in the process of doing so. I believe the evidence will force the remainder of states and the federal government to follow suit. The only question is when, not if."
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:
Founder & Managing Partner, Nelson Hardiman law firm, Mar. 2014-present
Co-founder and Managing Partner, Fenton Nelson law firm, Nov. 2001-Mar. 2014
Member, American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), California Society of Healthcare Attorney (CSHA), California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals (CAAHCP), Los Angeles County Bar Association, Health Care Section, and American Bar Association
Director and Chair of Strategic and Long Range Planning, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy
Rated AV Preeminent (highest possible rating) by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system, 2010, 2011
Named Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of health care law, 2010, 2011
Director and Chair of Strategic Planning and Development, LimmudLA, 2008
Wexner Heritage Fellowship, 2005-2007
Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys, 1996-2002