Last updated on: 4/1/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Harold Kalant, MD, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“There is indeed scientific evidence that cannabis, and some of the pure cannabinoids, do have potentially beneficial effects in certain disease processes. It is therefore important for physicians to have access to that information, and to know when they can justifiably use these agents therapeutically, and when they can or should not.”

“Marihuana: Medicine, Addictive Substance, or Both? A Common-Sense Approach to the Place of Cannabis in Medicine,” The Canadian Journal of Addiction, Sept. 2013

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:
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Toronto
  • Director Emeritus of Biobehavioural Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Former Director of Biological and Behavioural Research, Addiction Research Foundation
Education:
  • PhD, Pathological Chemistry, University of Toronto, 1955
  • MD, University of Toronto, 1945
Other:
  • Appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada (CM), awarded on Nov. 19, 2012, invested on May 3, 2013
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?