Last updated on: 9/27/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

David S. Ettinger, MD Biography

Title:
Member of the Coalition for Compassionate Access
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

Signed the Mar. 6, 2002 Coalition For Compassionate Access letter to President George Bush asking him to “allow people with AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses to use medical marijuana if they have the approval of their physician,” which was placed in a full-page ad in the New York Times on Mar. 6, 2002.

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:
  • Member, Coalition for Compassionate Access
  • Education:
    • University of Louisville Medical School
    • Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
    Other:
    • Specialty: Medical Oncology and Research
    • Testified against medical marijuana at a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hearing in 1987; now supports compassionate access