Last updated on: 11/11/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Claudia Jensen, MD Biography

Title:
Pediatrician
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“When they [children with ADD or ADHD] ingest those cannabinoids or cannabis compounds, for example, marijuana, it lasts a lot longer [than smoking]. They can get all the way through the day with a single cannabis cookie or piece of toast with cannabis peanut butter in the morning before school. They don’t have to get stoned. It’s dose-related. But they do get the benefit of being able to focus and pay attention, not be impulsive, not be angry, be peaceful and relaxed and pay attention in school, which helps them get better grades, which is the important issue.”

Interview on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, Apr. 23, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clinical Instructor, University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine
  • Pediatrician, Ventura, California
  • Education:
  • MD, University of Arkansas College of Medicine, 1981
  • Internship and Residency, Pediatrics, University of California at Irvine
  • Other:
  • Died of breast cancer on Sep. 15, 2007
  • Appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC on Apr. 22, 2004