Last updated on: 2/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Consumer Reports Magazine Biography

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

“Consumer Reports believes that, for patients with advanced AIDS and terminal cancer, the apparent benefits some derive from smoking marijuana outweigh any substantiated or even suspected risks. In the same spirit the FDA uses to hasten the approval of cancer drugs, federal laws should be relaxed in favor of states’ rights to allow physicians to administer marijuana to their patients on a caring and compassionate basis.”

May 1997

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
   Media and Academic Journals
Mainstream print, broadcast, radio, and internet media entities such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, Slate.com, Seattlepi.com, etc., as well as influential academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Foreign Policy, etc.
Description:

“Consumer Reports® and ConsumerReports.org® are published by Consumers Union, an expert, independent nonprofit organization… To maintain our independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising, no free test samples, and has no agenda other than the interests of consumers. CU supports itself through the sale of our information products and services, individual contributions, and a few noncommercial grants. Consumers Union is governed by a board of 18 directors, who are elected by CU members and meet three times a year. CU’s President, James Guest, oversees a staff of more than 450.”

“About Us” Consumer Reports website (accessed Aug. 14, 2007)

Mission:

“Consumer Reports® and ConsumerReports.org® are published by Consumers Union, an expert, independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. To achieve this mission, we test, inform, and protect.”

“About Us; Mission,” Consumer Reports website (accessed Aug. 14, 2007)

Other:
501c3 nonprofit
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option for Patients with a Terminal Illness and Suffering Severe Pain?
  2. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  3. Can Marijuana Help AIDS/HIV Patients?