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James McKoy, MD Biography

Chief of Rheumatology at Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu, Hawaii
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“I have one patient with rheumatoid arthritis who uses it for pain and, other than getting a ‘high,’ it hasn’t reduced any of her needs for DMARDs [disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs], NSAIDs [non- steroidal anti inflammatory drugs], prednisone or Vicodin.

I see no change in her complaints of pain.”

“Marijuana as Medicine,” by Judith Horstman, published in Arthritis Today, Dec. 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chief of Rheumatology, Kaiser Permanente, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1991-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Arthritis Today magazine
  • MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine
  • Teaches a class titled “Arthritis and the Healer Within” at Kaiser Permanante
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for the Symptoms of Arthritis?