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Bernard Rimland, PhD Biography

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

“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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Director, Autism Research Institute (ARI), 1967
  • Founder, Autism Society of America (ASA), 1965
  • 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
  • Deceased (1928-2006)
  • Served as the primary technical advisor on autism for the 1988 movie Rain Man