Last updated on: 9/19/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Carl Engelking Biography

Title:
Staff Writer at Discover Magazine
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“A new strain of marijuana has motivated hundreds of families with epileptic children to pack up and move to Colorado to legally obtain the drug. The jury is still out on whether this special pot strain does indeed have measurable benefits, or if it’s even safe, but drug companies are racing to replicate its effects in pill form.

The therapeutic pot strain, called Charlotte’s Web, is bred not have THC — the active ingredient in marijuana. Its namesake is 5-year-old Charlotte Figi, a Colorado girl who has Dravet’s syndrome…

CBD [cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive component in marijuana bred at a higher concentration in Charlotte’s Web] has shown some signs of promise of suppressing seizures in animals, but testing in humans is still in its infancy. A small number of case reports exist with conflicting results, and researchers have conducted just four placebo-controlled clinical trials that focused on CBD’s efficacy as a treatment for epilepsy.”

“Marijuana Chemical Could Treat Children with Epilepsy,” blogs.discovermagazne.com, Feb. 21, 2014

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Staff writer, Discover Magazine, Jan. 2014-present
  • Local editor, Patch.com, Dec. 2010-Oct. 2013
  • Staff writer, photographer, and copy editor, Oconomowoc Enterprise and Waukesha Freeman, Mar. 2010-Dec. 2010
  • Staff writer and photographer, Bay View Compass, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2009
  • News intern, Waukesha Freeman, 2009
  • Sales Associate, Garden Room, 2007-2009
  • Staff writer, UVM Post (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee student newspaper), Jan. 2007-Jan. 2008
  • Staff writer, Frontpage Milwaukee, Jan. 2007-2008
  • Education:
  • BA, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 2009
  • Other:
  • Twitter handle: @CarlJamesKing
  • Quoted in:
    1. Should Marijuana Ever Be Used to Treat Children and Adolescents?