Daniele Piomelli, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology at the University of California at Irvine, stated in a Mar. 16, 2000 USA Today article titled "Marijuana: The Good, the Bad, the Truth," by A.J.S. Rayl and Stephen A. Shoop, MD:

“If the life of the person is at stake, the question of the accompanying ‘high’ becomes a moot point. It is my personal opinion that in situations like these – terminal cases – concerns about the ‘high’ should be set aside…

Anything done in excess is bad for you. If you compare different evils, marijuana is probably one of the least and probably should still be considered as such. That is not to say that marijuana is harmless. It is a drug. All drugs – legal and illegal – can be harmful.”

Mar. 16, 2000