Last updated on: 7/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Andrea Barthwell, MD Biography

Title:
Former Deputy Director at the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“It is not a medicine. You don’t know what’s in it. If there were compelling scientific and medical data supporting marijuana’s medical benefits that would be one thing. But the data is not there.”

Speech in Belleville, Illinois, Feb. 8, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EMGlobal LLC, a global health care and policy-consulting firm, 2005-Present
  • Consultant, GW Pharmaceuticals & Bayer to win approval for Sativex in the U.S., 2005-Present
  • Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), 2002-2005
  • Recipient, Betty Ford Award, 2003
  • Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Former President, American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Board of Directors, Coalition to End Needless Death on Our Roadways (END)
  • Founding Member, Chicago Area AIDS Task Force
  • Member, White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth
  • Member, White House Domestic Violence Working Group
Education:
  • Post-graduate training, University of Chicago & Northwestern University Medical Center
  • MD, University of Michigan Medical School
  • BA, Psychology, Wesleyan University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marinol Better Medicine Than Marijuana?
  2. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  3. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?