Last updated on: 6/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

George McMahon Biography

Title:
Author and medical marijuana patient of the US Federal Drug Administration's Investigational New Drug (IND) Program
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“People who are suffering often ask me if I can help them find medical marijuana. As much as I sympathize with their painful situation, I tell them that I can better assist them by continuing to be a legal cannabis smoker, a living testimony to the therapeutic benefits of marijuana and an advocate leading the fight for others suffering the way they are. If I violate the federal rules, I risk being thrown out of the program… Within a few months of not smoking [marijuana], I could be in a critically terminal state.”

Prescription Pot: A Leading Advocate’s Heroic Battle to Legalize Medical Marijuana, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Patient in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Investigational New Drug (IND) Program for medical marijuana (receives eight cured ounces of marijuana per month from the US government), 1990-present
  • Co-Founder and Board of Directors Member, Patients Out of Time
  • Recipient, Certificate of Heroism (for participating in President Reagan’s Drug Awareness Program), 1990
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  2. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety, and Similar Mood Disorders?
  3. Can the "High" Associated with Marijuana Provide a Benefit to Health?
  4. Who Are the Patients Receiving Medical Marijuana through the Federal Government's Compassionate IND Program?