Last updated on: 1/27/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Bernard Rimland, PhD Biography

Title:
Founder of the Autism Society of America (ASA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“It is important to keep in mind the distinction between legalizing marijuana for medical uses, which has been done in some states, and ‘recreational’ drug use which is illegal throughout the U.S. Judging from the evidence in hand, I believe legalization of medical use is justified. Legalizing marijuana for non-medical use (as has been done for alcohol) is quite another issue. Early evidence suggests that in such cases, medical marijuana may be a beneficial treatment, as well as being less harmful than the drugs that doctors routinely prescribe.”

“Medical Marijuana: a Valuable Treatment for Autism?,” Autism Research Review International, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Director, Autism Research Institute (ARI), 1967
  • Founder, Autism Society of America (ASA), 1965
Education:
  • PhD, Experimental Psychology and Research Design, Pennsylvania State University, 1953
  • BS, San Diego State University
  • Recipient, Courage in Science Award, National Vaccine Information Center, 2002
Other:
  • Deceased (1928-2006)
  • Served as the primary technical advisor on autism for the 1988 movie Rain Man