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J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Does the fact that cannabis is increasingly legal mean that addiction rates are going to spike and related issues – such as lower IQs and higher rates of marijuana addiction – are also going to jump?

I believe the answer is no…

This is not to say that drugs of abuse in general, and cannabis in particular, are benign. Indeed, they are addictive and can harm brain development. But decriminalizing or legalizing drug use makes sense because it reduces crime almost immediately, frees up police for more serious matters and will likely not lead to higher rates of use.”

“Will Legal Marijuana Lead to More Addicts? Probably Not,”, Jan. 14, 2015

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:
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, July 1992-present
  • Psychiatrist, Cambridge Health Alliance, July 1992-present
  • Faculty, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School
  • Contributor,
  • Psychiatrist, Children’s Hospital Boston, Feb. 2010-Mar. 2013
  • Associate Director, Physician Health Services, June 2004-Aug. 2010
  • MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • PhD, Religion and culture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, Philosophy, cum laude, Yale
  • Completed a residency in psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Quoted in:
  1. How Addictive Is Marijuana?