Last updated on: 8/24/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Colin Blakemore, PhD, ScD Biography

Title:
Chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Oxford
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The second general basis for my belief that cannabis should be legalised concerns its medical application. But I don’t want to make the major play of this. I accept the argument would be wrong to make a broader case for the legalisation of cannabis on the back of possible therapeutic value to some individuals. It’s been used medically since the middle of the nineteenth century. The recent excellent review by the BMA concluded that cannabinoids have therapeutic potential in a number of medical conditions in which present drugs or other treatments are not fully adequate.”

Dec. 11, 1997

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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:
  • Chair, Department of Physiology, University of Oxford
  • Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford
  • Director, Oxford Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
  • President, British Physiological Society
  • Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Visitng Professor, Salk Institute
  • Fellow of the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Institute of Biology
  • Member, Academia Europaea
  • Foreign Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • President, British Neuroscience Association, 1997-2000
  • President, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1997-1998
Education:
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1968
  • Medical Sciences, University of Cambridge, degree unknown
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. How Addictive Is Marijuana?
  2. Does Marijuana Use Increase the Risk of Psychosis (Including Schizophrenia)?
  3. Does the Regular Smoking of Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer or in Any Way Permanently Injure the Lungs?