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Eric A. Voth, MD Biography

Chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Physicians should remember that marijuana remains a schedule I drug, that it has not been approved as safe and efficacious by the Food and Drug Administration, and that the use of marijuana by patients holds inherent risk. We do not support recommending the medicinal use of marijuana.”

“Guidelines for Prescribing Medical Marijuana,” Editorial, Western Journal of Medicine, Nov. 2001

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:
  • Chairman, The International Drug Strategy Institute (a division of Drug Watch International)
  • Medical practice in Topeka, Kansas
  • 20 years studying the effects of drugs and addiction
  • MD, University of Kansas Medical School, 1981
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (FACP)
  • Dr. Voth “is recognized as an international authority on drug use and lectures nationally on drug policy issues. He has advised the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations and has advised or testified for numerous Congressional offices on drug-related issues. He was recently recognized by the former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy General Barry McCaffrey with the ‘Director’s Award’ for his outstanding achievement on combating drug use in our nation.”

    Institute on Global Drug Policy website (accessed on Dec. 12, 2005)

Quoted in:
  1. Is Medical Marijuana More Dangerous Than Legal Drugs?
  2. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  3. Is Marijuana a "Gateway" or "Stepping Stone" Drug?