Last updated on: 7/18/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Bill Zimmerman, PhD Biography

Title:
Partner and Political Consultant at Zimmerman & Markman
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Having researched and written a book on the medical use of marijuana, I have concluded that the evidence is overwhelmingly in its favor, from the standpoints of both medical effectiveness and safety. As a drug, it is no more intoxicating than wine or beer, and according to the federal government’s own study commissioned by the Institute of Medicine, there is no causal relationship between the use of marijuana and harder drugs.”

Nov. 20, 2001

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • Partner and Political Consultant, Zimmerman & Markman, a political consulting firm
  • Former President, Americans For Medical Rights (AMR)
  • Former Executive Director, Campaign for New Drug Policies (sponsor of Calif. Prop. 215)
  • Campaign Manager, California Proposition 215, 1996
Education:
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1967
  • BS, University of Chicago, 1963
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can Marijuana Use Cause Death?
  2. Does Marijuana Cause Depression or Other Mood Disorders?
  3. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety, and Similar Mood Disorders?
  4. What Is -- and What Causes -- the Marijuana "High"?