Chair of the Psychology Department at Virginia Tech
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"It shouldn't surprise us that there is a positive side to marijuana use. After all, why else would people smoke it? It's also not surprising that drug education usually emphasizes the negative effects. Some believe that talking too much about the positive effects might encourage more people to start using and lead to more negative effects in the long run.
But there are over 10 million people in the United States who currently use marijuana, and they already know about the positive effects.
Might some of them have noticed some of the not-so-positive effects? Like Homer [Simpson], they may be wondering if the costs of using outweigh the benefits, or vice versa.
Depending upon our own personal experiences, either answer may seem obvious. But it's not always that easy. We see many adult marijuana users who are conflicted about the costs and benefits of marijuana use and the pros and cons of quitting or reducing use."
Cowritten with Roger A. Roffman, DSW, "Did Homer Go to Pot?", Seattle Times, May 17, 2002
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.]