Last updated on: 8/30/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Daniele Piomelli, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Pharmacology at the University of California at Irvine
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Anything done in excess is bad for you. If you compare different evils, marijuana is probably one of the least and probably should still be considered as such. That is not to say that marijuana is harmless. It is a drug. All drugs – legal and illegal – can be harmful.

Everything that is potentially pharmacologically active can be potentially harmful and must be consumed with a certain degree of intelligence…No amount of scientific study will justify immoderation. There are always people who will use the latest finding to justify their weakness, but that doesn’t work.”

“Marijuana: The Good, the Bad, the Truth,” USA Today, Mar. 16, 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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 Pharmacology, University of California at Irvine
  • Louise Turner Arnold Chair in Neurosciences, University of California at Irvine
  • Former Director, Department of Pharmacology National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Training Grant, University of California at Irvine
  • Participant in the 2000 study of medical marijuana that appeared in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature
Education:
  • PhD, school unknown
Other:
    None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can Marijuana Help People with Asthma or Other Breathing Disorders?
  2. Can the "High" Associated with Marijuana Provide a Benefit to Health?