Last updated on: 12/22/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Craig Reinarman, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Like alcohol, Valium, Ritalin, Prozac and their many chemical cousins, marijuana is a widely used technology of the self. Marijuana prohibition pretends to police a border between these technologies that long ago disappeared into the blur of modern American life. All such technologies have risks, but more and more Americans have concluded that punishing people who use one type while promoting use of others is not rational public policy.”

“Prop. 19 Continues the American Drug Policy Reform Movement,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, Nov. 14, 2010

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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:
  • Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) (retired June 2015)
  • Former Associate Editor, Contemporary Drug Problems
  • Member, editorial board, International Journal on Drug Policy
  • Member, editorial board, Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Recipient, Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship, Drug Policy Foundation, May 15, 1999
  • Book Series Editor, New Social Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 1988-1994
  • Former Visiting Scholar, Center for Drug Research, University of Amsterdam
  • Former board member, College on the Problems of Drug Dependence
  • Former consultant, World Health Organization Program on Substance Abuse
  • Former researcher, Institute for Scientific Analysis
  • Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), 1983
  • MA, San Francisco State University
  • BS, Babson College
  • Other:
  • Has received research grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Justice